Norfolk: Clippesby


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

CLIPPESBY parish, nine miles N.W. of Yarmouth, is in the union of East and West Flegg, West Flegg hundred and East and West Flegg petty sessional division, Yarmouth county court district and bankruptcy district, Ormesby polling division of North Norfolk, archdeaconry of Norwich and rural deanery of Flegg. It had 123 inhabitants in 1881, and comprises 861A. 1R. 24P. The rateable value is £1768 17s. 6d., and the gross estimated rental £1860 18s. 6d.

It is mostly the property and manor of the Rev. Henry Joseph Muskett, M.A., who is also patron and incumbent of the living, which is a discharged rectory, valued in the King's Book at £6 13s. 4d. Clippesby House is a handsome modern mansion of white brick, with stone quoins and pilasters, pleasantly seated at the head of a fine lawn, sheltered on the north by thriving plantations.

The CHURCH (St. Peter) is an ancient edifice, on an eminence, and consists of nave and chancel. The circular tower with octagon top embattled, and the north door, which is now restored, has a fine Norman arch. It was restored in 1873 at a cost of £1000. A piscina was discovered some years ago.

Here are several tablets of the Muskett family; a tombstone to Thomas Pallinge and his wife, dated 1503, but stripped of its brasses; also an altar tomb, dated 1594, to the memory of John Clippesbye and his wife, whose effigies are beautifully portrayed in brass. The Register dates from 1732.

The tithes were commuted, in 1841, for £246 7s., and the glebe is 3A. 1R. 21P.

POST from Yarmouth, via Flegg Burgh.

         Cross    G.W.           frmr. & overseer, Old Hall
         Dawson   James          shopkeeper
         Goodson  Ezekiel        gamekeeper
         Howlett  Thomas         farmer, South house
         Muskett  Rev. Henry     rector, Rectory
                    Joseph, M.A.
         Sharman  George         gardener
         Starling Robert         farmer, Heron cottage

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March 2004