Norfolk: Bintry


William White's History, Gazetteer, and Directory of Norfolk 1883

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BINTRY, or BINTREE, on an eminence, 6 miles W. by N. of Reepham, is a village and parish, in Mitford union, East Dereham county court district, Norwich bankruptcy district, Eynesford petty sessional division and hundred, Reepham polling district of North Norfolk, Sparham rural deanery and Norwich archdeaconry. It had 363 inhabitants in 1881, living on 1455 acres, and has a rateable value of £2366.

The parish is mostly the property of the Earl of Leicester, who is lord of the manor, which was purchased by Lord Chief Justice Coke in 1608, for £625 (equal perhaps to £5000 of our money). Lord Hastings, Mr. Benj. Johnson and T. Stone, Esq., have estates here. Yarrow House is a neat residence, the property of T. Stone, Esq. About the year 1856, in a gravel pit in this parish, was discovered a stone hammer head and part of a quern, which was an agglomerate of agates. They are now in the possession of W.A. Tyssen Amherst, Esq., of Didlington Hall. The old whipping post still remains here.

The CHURCH (St. Swithin) comprises nave, chancel, south aisle, south transept, south porch, and square tower with three bells. It is of considerable antiquity, except the chancel, which was rebuilt in 1806. The holy-water stoup remains in the church, and here is a fine mural monument to Lord James Townshend. In 1864 the church was entirely restored by subscription; the handsome oak roof being put in by Lord Hastings. There are two fine stained glass memorial windows. The south window in the transept, to Lord James Townshend and Captain Henderson, and the east window, inserted in 1873, to Lady Jas. Townshend.

The rectory, valued in the King's Book at £10, has 11A. of glebe, and a yearly rent-charge of £415 12s. 4d., awarded in 1844 in lieu of tithes. It is united with that of Themelthorpe (£131 per annum and 19A. of glebe), in the gift of Lord Hastings and incumbency of the Rev. Robt. Reeve Rackham, B.A., who has a rectory house near the church.

The School was erected in 1879 at a cost of about £350, on a site given by Earl Leicester.

The Primitive Methodist Chapel was erected in 1877.

The Fuel Allotment, 16A. 39P., awarded at the enclosure in 1797, is let for £45 a year, which is distributed in coals. The Town Lands, which had been long vested in trust for the church, were exchanged at the enclosure for 19A. 2R. 38P., let for £30 a year, and a house occupied rent-free by poor families. A legacy of £10, left to the poor by Thomas Lynn, was laid out in building a coal shed.

POST OFFICE at Mrs. Elizth. Thrower's. Letters arrive at 7 a.m., and despatched at 5.45 p.m. Letters viâ East Dereham. Foulsham is the nearest Money Order Office.

         Burrell    Hy. William    farmer & miller
         Chapman    Mrs Sarah      grocer
         Cook       Francis        farmer
         Cornall    Richard        national schoolmaster
         Dack       Charles        parish clerk
         Dennis     Daniel         shopkeeper
         Hastings   John H.        land agent and valuer, Manor house
         Johnson    Benjamin       farmer
         Joyce      William        bootmaker
         Mayhew     Mr Robert
         Oldman     Robert         cattle dealer and vict. Half Moon
         Rackham    Rev. Robert
                      Reeve, B.A.  rector, The Rectory
         Rose       Samuel J.C.    grocer
         Seaman     Mr John
         Shaw       Frederick      vict. Royal Oak
         Smith      Ezra           farmer
         Stone      Thomas, Esq.   Yarrow house
         Symonds    John           farmer and carter
         Thrower    Mrs Elizabeth  postmistress
         Wilkinson  John           blacksmith

CARRIERS pass through to Norwich, Mon. Wed. and Sat

See also the Bintry parish page.

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April 2006