'The old house [Kenningham Hall] was, it is believed, not
pulled down.... But a new front with rooms at each side of a central hall was
built on to the old house, much of which still remains, and is apparently of
the time of Queen Elizabeth or even earlier. In a pasture on the opposite side
of the road to the present house there was anciently another house - possibly
the original or the old Rectory.'
From 'The Turner Family
of Mulbarton & Great Yarmouth' by Rev Harward Turner (Jarrold & Sons,
THE TURNERS OF KENNINGHAM
family was associated with Kenningham for generations. William Turner 'of
Keningham in Mulbarton' (d. 1547) seems to have been a servant of Sir John
Robsart (of Stanfield Hall, near Wymondham, and father of Amy Robsart)
according to his will. This describes him as 'Wylliam Turnor of Kenyngham of
the parish of Mulbarton' and he left 'to Richard Turner, my belchild, 12 acres
of land and 3 acres of arable and a cowe of the Manor of Mulbarton...My son
Thomas to occupy same till Richard be 20 years old.' His other grandchildren,
John and Leonard, each received 'a cowe when 20 and xl  shillings' and to
grand-daughter Johane received 40 shillings but no cow! He bequeathed 25 shillings 'to
mending of Mulbarton highway', and a much smaller sum for Hempnall highways.
Small sums went to every godchild; a sum for 7 masses to be said for the soul
of Alyce Payne; a gifts and dinners 'to every priest at my burying and praying
for my Soul'. The residue of the estate passed 'to Johane, my wife, and Thomas,
my son' who were also named as executors.
The son Thomas is described in his will (1578) as 'Thomas
Turner of Kenyngham, co of Norfolk, Yeoman'. He left 20 shillings to the poor
of Mulbarton, and smaller sums to the poor of neighbouring Newton Flotman,
Bracon Ash and Swainsthorpe. His land passed to Robert Turner, his son, and
Audrie Souham, his daughter, and legacies were left to other children and
Two of Thomas
Turner's sons are named 'of Keningham': Richard (d.1601) and John (d.1593).
Thomas (1553-1621) and William (1549-1550) were younger brothers. There are
many more generations of Turners, but no more are specifically listed 'of Keningham'
in the Pedigrees.
John Turner had
only one surviving son, Robert (1579-1665) who married Frances. Their only son James (1638-1718) married Mary and was a churchwarden of Mulbarton Church
in 1678. Their son, John (1675-1762) also married a Mary. Their son is another
John (1712-1796) who married Bridget Johnson and was the father of yet another John
(1747-1799), who seems to have lived at Kenningham Hall, and James (1750-1829)
who seems to have lived at Paddock Farm.
We then have two more John Turners at Kenningham: John Turner (1784 -1875) by
his first wife, Mary Elizabeth, had five daughters and only one son, John
Turner, who died 1870 aged 55, unmarried
from 'The Turner Family of Mulbarton and Great Yarmouth', Rev. Howard
Turner (Jarrold & Sons, Norwich, 1907)
John Turner is
listed as 'owner' and yeoman in White's Directory, 1845. In 1861, he sold the
Kenningham estate to James Muskett of Surlingham, Norfolk. James Muskett listed
as Farmer & Owner, Kenningham in 1864 Post Office Directory.