Pakenham History : The History of Nether Hall

"The History of Nether Hall and the Various Owners "
A short history written by W.R. Rayner
with kind permission given by his daughter Gill Applegate to publish on
the Pakenham -Village web site.

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Records are more definite after the Dissolution of the Monasteries, when the Manor of Nether Hall passed to the Crown. Very soon after, like all the other Manors of the Liberty of St. Edmunds, it was sold to a wealthy family. Thus it was acquired by Thomas Bacon and his son, George, who died in 1579, thence it passed to his son and heir, John. This same Thomas Bacon, a member of a branch of the famous Bacon family of that era, was seated at Hessett.

In 1601 John Bacon, gentleman, and Elizabeth, his wife, and George Bacon, son and heir apparent, were licensed to alienate "the Manor of Nether Hall, with its appurtenances, three messuages three tofts, one dovecote, one hundred acres of land, thirty acres of meadow, one hundred acres of pasture, twenty acres of wood, twenty acres of marsh, one hundred acres of firs and heath, situated in Pakenham, Thurston, Great Barton, Stowlangtoft and Tostock, together with the advowson of the church of Thurston, held by the Queen, in capite, to Robert Bright, citizen and sadler (salter) of London." This said Robert Bright was to pay £3,800 for "the Manor of Nether Hall, otherwise called Pakenham, in the parishes of Pakenham, Thurston, Great Barton, Beyton, Norton, Rougham and Corton in the County of Suffolk, with the right of patronage and advowson of the parish church of Thurston." Upon the purchase of the estate the deeds were to be delivered to Robert Bright at his dwelling house in Candlewicke Street, London.

The mercantile Bright family occupied Nether Hall for one hundred and sixty-four years. Robert Bright, the purchaser, is noted chiefly for the building of Newe House, Pakenham, which was completed in 1622. He erected it originally to be his own residence; and his eldest, married son, Thomas lived in Nether Hall. When he died in 1630, he left Newe House to his second son, Henry, and settled his Great Barton lands upon Robert, his third son.

Robert, senior, was rather eccentric, as we gather from his will, wherein he stated that, at his death, "their be no doale given at all to anyone that cometh to the house, or church: neither will I have any gangling of bells. No apparel to be given to my three sonnes, nothing but cakes, wine, or beare."