Norfolk: Billingford near Diss


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

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BILLINGFORD, alias PYRLESTON, on the north side of the vale of the Waveney, 4 miles E. of Diss, has in its parish 219 souls, and about 1000 acres of land, mostly belonging to Geo. St. Vincent Wilson, Esq., lord of the manor and patron of the rectory, valued in the King's Book at £9, and now enjoyed by the Rev. Augustus Cooper, B.A., of Syleham. The glebe is 20A. 2R. 13P., and the tithes were commuted in 1842, for £296. 10s. per annum. The Church (St. Leonard,) had formerly a square tower.

Here was a hospital, with 13 beds for travellers, founded by Wm. Beck, in the reign of Henry III. Martha Brighton died here in 1844, aged 101 years. Major Loftus has a farm of 80A. in this parish.

The poor have £2 a year out of the Hall farm, left by an unknown donor; and 5s. a year left by the Rev. John Bryers, in 1717, out of a cottage.


         Balls      James            blacksmith
         Bacon      Clement          miller
         Bartram    Robt.            beer seller
         Catling    Simon            tailor
         Cobb       Geo.             vict. Horse Shoes
         Cousens    Mr. Samuel
         Ellis      Wm.              shoemaker
         Haynes     Lionel           grocer and wheelwrgt.
         King       Geo.             shoemaker
         Ralph      Richard          maltster
         Bales      Robt.
         Bartram    Saml. and Jas.
         Blomfield  J., Executors of
         Cracknell  J.
         Drake      Francis and James
         Goddard    Robert

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November 2005