William White's History, Gazetteer, and Directory of Norfolk 1883
BOUGHTON, a small scattered village and parish, 1½ miles N. of Stoke Ferry, and 6 miles E. by S. of Downham, is in Downham union and county court district, Lynn bankruptcy district, Clackclose hundred and petty sessional division, Downham polling district of West Norfolk, Fincham rural deanery, and Norfolk archdeaconry. It had 236 inhabitants in 1881, living on 1323 acres, of which 36 are waste. The rateable value is £1987 15s.
Sir H.G.P. Bedingfeld, Bart., the lord of the manor, owns all the soil, except 30A. of glebe, 60A. of poor's land belonging to Oxborough, and about 350A. belonging to Richard Harwin, Esq.
The CHURCH (All Saints) has nave, chancel, south porch, and square tower with three bells, and was rebuilt, except the tower, in the Early English style in 1872, at a cost of £1000, raised by subscription. The Registers date from 1729.
The discharged rectory, valued in the King's Book at £10, and now having a yearly rent-charge of £418 in lieu of tithes, is in the patronage of Sir W.H. Ffolkes, Bart., and incumbency of the Rev. Smith Churchill, M.A., who has a residence, erected in 1858.
At the enclosure, land was allotted to the poor for fuel.
The handsome Gothic Wesleyan chapel and day and Sunday school adjoining was erected in 1871-2 by Richard Harwin, Esq., at a cost of £1200. The day school is attended by 50 children, and is supported by Richard Harwin, Esq., aided only by the Government grant. In the village is a large pond of clear water.
POST from Brandon, via Stoke Ferry, which is the nearest Money Order and Telegraph Office. Here is [a] Wall Letter Box, cleared at 5.15 p.m.
Churchill Rev. Smith, M.A. rector
Green Cornelius farmer
Harwin Richard farmer & landowner
Lambert George Green beerhouse
Murray Mrs Elizabeth Old Rectory
Orford Reuben farmer
Savage James bootmaker
Smith Charles beerhouse
Walkom Mrs Sarah Ann schoolmstrss
Wilson Thos. frm. bailff to Mr. R. Harwin
Stoke Ferry is the nearest Railway Station.
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