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

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EMNETH is a large village near the Wisbech Canal, 14 miles S.W. of Lynn, and 2 miles S.S.E. of Wisbech - but its parish extends close to the latter town - is in Freebridge Marshland hundred, and petty sessional division, Wisbech union and county court district, Lynn bankruptcy district, Walsoken polling district of West Norfolk, Wisbech rural deanery and archdeaconry, and Ely diocese. It has a rateable value of about £6528. In 1881 it contained 1001 inhabitants, and has about 3449 acres of fertile land, belonging to a number of freeholders and copyholders, many of whom are residents.

F.M. Metcalfe, Esq., of Inglethorpe hall, is lord of the manor of Hakbech and Inglethorpe, which anciently belonged to the Peytons, who resided at Hakbech hall, a handsome mansion, which was taken down in 1806. Sir Adam De Hakbech held a manor of the Prior of Lewes, and founded the chantry of St. Mary in 1277, on the site of the present south aisle of the chancel. Oxburgh hall was formerly the residence of the Oxburgh and Hewar families.

Emneth station, on the Lynn and Wisbech Railway, is in the adjoining parish of Walsoken.

The CHURCH (St. Edmund) is an ancient edifice, comprising nave, aisles, chancel, and square tower with five bells, and was restored and reseated in 1866 - the body, by subscription, at a cost of £1718, and the chancel by the Ecclesiastical Commissioners, at a cost of £420. The church is mostly of the 15th century, but the arches in the east side of the chancel are of the 12th century. Several of the windows are filled with beautiful stained glass, and the rich rood screen dates from the 15th century.

There are several mural monuments; the indent of a splendid brass of a cross-legged knight, probably Sir Adam de Hakbech; and a fine altar tomb with effigies of Sir Thomas Hewar, his lady, and their infant son, executed by Nicholas Stone, master mason to James the First, who had £95 for it.

The vicarage was consolidated with that of Elm, in the Isle of Ely, till 1858, when it was formed by the Ecclesiastical Commissioners into a separate living. It is in the patronage of the Bishop of Ely, in whose diocese it is still situated. The Rev. Edward Henry Lovelock, M.A., is the vicar, and has a good residence in the Elizabethan style, erected in 1859, at a cost of £1500. The tithes of Emneth have been commuted for the following yearly rents: viz. £8 11s. 4d. to the rector of Walsoken, £405 to the incumbent, and £355 to the Ecclesiastical Commissioners, for the augmentation of poor livings.

Thomas Squier in 1692 left a house and 26 acres of land for educational purposes for the parishes of Elm and Emneth. The School is at Elm, and is now a public elementary school for boys of the two parishes, and the rent, £74 per annum, is applied towards the expenses of the school, as per new scheme dated 1874.

The rent of the town land, 1A. 1R., is applied with the church rates.

Here is a National School, built in 1859, and attended by 129 girls and infants.

The Wesleyans, Wesleyan Reformers, and Primitive Methodists have each a small chapel in the parish, all built in 1854.

POST OFFICE at Mrs. Mary Hunsley's. Letters arrive at 5.30 a.m., and are despatched at 7.30 p.m., viâ Wisbech, which is the nearest Money Order and Telegraph Office. There is a wall letter-box at Hungate, cleared at 6.30 p.m.

         Bailey     Uriah                market gardener         Bailey     Uriah, jun.          market gardener         Bailey     William Cole         farmer         Balding    Alfred William       manager         Balding    John Smithee         pig dealer         Baley      Richard              farmer         Barker     George               farmer         Bird       Frederick            farmer         Burgess    Thomas               farmer         Butcher    Richard Bland        blacksmith         Cousins    David                blacksmith and beerhouse, Hungate         Crofts     Henry                victualler, Blacksmith's Arms;                                           and blacksmith         Dearlove   Mrs Charlotte        Oxburgh hall         Dearlove   Thos. D.             frmr. Oxburgh hall         Diggle     Robert               shopkeeper, Hungate         Doubleday  Frederick            farmer         Doubleday  Jno.                 frmr. & market gardener         Drew       Robert               farmer         Ekins      George William       farmer, Fen         Frusher    Thomas               farmer, Hungate         Frusher    Thos.                frmr. Hawkin's Hole         Gibson     William              farmer         Goodger    Anthony              farmer         Goose      Leonard              victualler, Wheatsheaf;                                           and farmer, Hungate         Gray       John                 market gardener         Gray       Thomas               hawker         Gray       William              corn miller         Green      Robert               farmer         Gromitt    John                 farmer         Guttridge  John                 market gardener         Guttridge  William              market gardener         Handley    Henry                farmer         Handley    Hugh                 farmer         Hanslip    James                farmer         Harvey     Robert               market gardener         Hill       John                 farmer         Hopkin     Abraham              manager         Humphrey   Benjamin Stockdale   farmer, The Grange         Hunsley    Mrs Mary             postmistress         Hunsley    Robert               parish clerk         Hunt       Mr William         Hunter     James                farmer         Hunter     James, jun.          farmer         Hunter     Joseph               carpenter         Hunter     William              market gardener         Jackson    John                 rope manufacturer         Lilly      John                 bricklayer         Lines      John                 market gardener         Lines      Thomas               bricklayer         Long       Henry                carpenter and builder         Lovelock   Rev. Edward Hy. M.A. vicar         Lynn       David                farmer         Lynn       Edward               market gardener         Lynn       John                 farmer & market gardener         Markham    George               blacksmith         Martin     James                farmer and landowner, The Firs         Martin     James, jun.          farmer         Massham    Alfred               bricklayer         Mayhew     Jno.                 vict. Duke of Wellington         Metcalfe   Frederick Moorehouse,                      Esq., J.P.         Inglethorpe hall         Neales     Mrs Theresa          corn miller and merchant;                                           and at Wisbech         Newling    Wm. Alfred           farmer, Dial hs         Oldham     Miss Emma            schoolmistress         Palmer     Moses                farmer, Trafford house         Passlow    James                pig dealer         Racey      John                 grocer and hawker         Racey      Wm.                  grocer, baker, and draper         Ream       Smith                farmer         Robb       Samuel               farmer         Robb       Mr William         Rowe       Edward               farmer         Rowe       James                farmer         Sedgfield  George               farm bailiff         Sharp      Mr John Robert         Sharp      Mrs Mary Ann         market gardener         Sharp      Robert Lynn          farmer         Shepherd   William George       corn miller         Shepperson Mrs Jane Ann         Shirekings William              farm bailiff         Smithee    Mrs Rebecca          frmr. Hungate         Smithee    Robert               bootmaker         Stockings  Mrs Thomas         Tagg       John                 farmer         Terrington John                 farmer, Hungate         Terrington Zachariah            farmer         Thompson   John                 vict. Queen's Head         Thompson   John                 farmer         Thompson   William              beerhouse         Tingay     Frederick            farmer         Towler     Joseph               farmer and landowner Hungate         Utteridge  Joseph               chimney sweeper         Wade       Jacob Tomlinson      farmer         Ward       George               victualler, Swan         Ward       John                 farmer         Watson     Mr James         Wright     John Newcome         farmer, Hungate house 

See also the Emneth parish page.

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March 2010