Major Delavel Graham L’estrange Astley JP CB (1868 – 1951) lived at Little Plumstead Hall in the early 20th century within a park of 90 acres. He was an alderman of Norfolk County Council.
The Hobarts came from an old and prosperous family in Essex. In the fifteenth century, James Hobart, a law student, bought one of Little Plumstead’s manors. His son, James, was made attorney general by Henry VII and was later knighted. He died in 1507 and his tomb is in Norwich Cathedral. His second son, Miles, owned manors in Great and Little Plumstead in the 16th century.
Sir Edward Warner lived through the political and religious upheavals of the reigns of Henry VIII, Mary I and Edward VI and died in the reign of Elizabeth I. He was a court official whose fortunes changed depending on who held power at the time. He was imprisoned in the tower in Henry VIII’s reign but when he returned to the tower in 1561 it was as inquisitor of Katherine Seymour.
In 1549 Edward acted as Marshal of the Field during the suppression of the peasant’s revolt in Norfolk that was known as Kett’s Rebellion.
There is a brass plaque showing Warner as a knight in Little Plumstead church.
In March 1863, The Reverend Charles Penrice became Rector of Plumstead Parva. He was at once Lord of the Manor, patron and incumbent, with Witton and Brundall also in his charge, included in this was 12 acres and a good rectory house.
By the beginning of the next year the Rector was busy with the establishment of a school. On 20th December 1864, the school was opened in the presence of the Bishop, local clergy and gentry.