After the Battle of Hastings in 1066, William of Normandy was crowned King of England and within 20
years of the conquest ordered the compilation of the Domesday Book, a survey of the entire population,
their lands and property for tax purposes.
From this point in history there is increasing evidence of activity and occupation of the land within Norton
Norton, before the Norman conquest, was the freehold of Agemond who was dispossessed
the conquest. The village passed to Robert de Bellomonte, Earl of Mellent for his services to his distant
relation, William the Conqueror.
Robert de Bellomonte later became Chief Counsellor and Prime Minister to
Henry I who created him Earl of Leicester. The manor eventually passed to his brother, the Earl of Warwick
in circa 1123 and remained with this line until Edward Plantagenet, Earl of Warwick, was beheaded for high
treason and his lands confiscated by the Crown in 1499.
All Saints Church in Norton
is without doubt the oldest and finest building in the village dating mainly from
14th Century with notable earlier parts including the base of the tower and the porch entrance which date
from the 13th Century.
Thrupp, formerly Thorpe, was a Medieval village recorded in the Domesday Book
as having land owned by
Countess Judith who was a niece of William the Conqueror. There is still evidence of fish ponds below the
old settlement. Thrupp is mentioned in the Nomina Villarum of 1316 but in later taxation records is
included with Norton.
Muscott is also recorded in the Domesday Book
where it is listed with Brockhall as a small manor of three
virgates and a recorded population of six. By 1301 it is recorded as having 48 taxpayers. Archaeological
excavations in 1958 revealed the remains of three buildings dating from 12th/13th Century, one of which
was a large three room structure with walls of sandstone and a central hearth.