Norfolk: Besthorpe


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

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BESTHORPE is a parish of dispersed houses, within 1 mile E. of Attleborough, containing 536 inhabitants, and 2132A. of land, mostly the property of the Earl of Winterton, the lord of the manor, impropriator of the rectorial tithes, and patron of the vicarage, valued in the King's Book at £5. 6s. 10½d., and now enjoyed by the Hon. and Rev. A.A. Turnour, with 35A. of glebe. The tithes have been commuted for the yearly payment of £255 each to the vicar and impropriator.

The CHURCH (All Saints) is cruciform, and has a lofty square tower.

The Fuel Allotment, 15A. 1R. 23P., was awarded at the enclosure in 1806, and is let, with 4A. 3R. 16P. of Town Land, for £23. 5s. a year, which is distributed in coals.

The ancient Hall, now a farm-house, was a seat of the Drury family.


         Cook    John              vict., Square and Compass
         Lovett  Robt.             miller
         Palmer  Dd.               miller
         Wiggett J.                blacksmith
         White   Rt.               shopkeeper
         Barker  Thos.             Palmer  Wm.
         Brown   Thos.             Pyman   Jph.
         Clarke  Wm.               Raynor  John
         Cook    Edward            Rose    Samuel
         Cowles  Robt.             Spruce  Mrs. J.
         Howes   A., Exors. of     Turner  J.
         Johnson Mrs.              Warren  John
         Limmer  Edward, Esq.,     Wright  S., Exors. of
                   (Hall)          Vince   Jacob

See also the Besthorpe parish page.

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September 2004