Norfolk: Antingham


William White's History, Gazetteer, and Directory of Norfolk 1845

ANTINGHAM, 2 miles N.W. of North Walsham, has in its parish 271 souls, and 1509 acres of land, in which are two lakes or ponds, forming the principal source of the river Ant, which was made navigable to the eastern boundary of this parish in 1826, as has been seen at page 474 [which is the entry for Tunstead Hundred]. On the lower pond a bone mill has been erected by Lord Suffield, who owns the whole parish, and is lord of the manor, which was formerly held by a family of its own name, under the Bigods.

There were anciently two parish CHURCHES here in the same enclosure; but that dedicated to St. Margaret has long been in ruins, and only a part of its tower now remains; and its vicarage, valued in the King's Book at £5. 6s. 8d., is consolidated with North Walsham. For this sinecure, the vicar of North Walsham receives £28. 10s. per annum from the rector of Antingham, in lieu of tithes.

The church now in use is dedicated to St. Mary, and has a square embattled tower, with several inscriptions to the Fermour, Keeson, and Kemp families, and a fine brass, on which are portrayed figures of Richard Calthorp, Esq., and his children. It is a rectory, valued in the King's Book at £6. 3s. 1½d. Lord Suffield is the patron, and the Rev. John Dolphin, B.A., is the incumbent, and has 42A. of glebe, and £368. 10s. a year, awarded in 1839. in lieu of tithes. A new Rectory House, in the Italian style, was built in 1844, at the cost of about £1700, of which £1000 was borrowed from Queen Anne's Bounty.

The poor have yearly, 8s. left by Thomas Kirbye, in 1630, and the value of two coombs of wheat out of Lord Suffield's estate, in lieu of an ancient commonwright.

         Allison    James           bone crusher
         Dolphin    Rev John, B.A.  Rectory
         Powell     John            blacksmith
         Thornton   Charles         shopkeeper
         Walpole    Jonas           vetny. surgeon
         Watts      Iriland         vict. Barge
         Wortley    John            schoolmaster
         Barcham    Jededah         (& maltster)
         Bell       John            carrier
         Coleman    John
         Cranfield  Wm.
         Crowe      Elizabeth
         Helsdon    Benj.
         Hewitt     Jno. sen.
         Hewitt     Jno. jun.
         Le Neve    Wm.
         Page       John
         Pratt      Samuel
         Watts      Iriland

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October 2001