William White's History, Gazetteer, and Directory of Norfolk 1845
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FORDHAM, a parish and small village near the river Wissey, 3 miles S. of Downham, contains 219 inhabitants, and 2,066 acres of land, of which 700A. belong to the widow of the late Admiral Woolley; and the remainder chiefly to E.R. Pratt, Esq., the lord of the manor. An ancient farm-house, in this parish, called Snore Hall, was long the seat of the Skipwiths, one of whom is said to have received King Charles here, a short time before he surrendered to the Scotch at Newark.
The CHURCH, (St. Mary,) is a small edifice, built in 1730, after the old one had fallen down. The Dean and Chapter are patrons of the curacy, and appropriators of the tithes, now leased to E.R. Pratt, Esq.; and the Rev. Wm. Maxey Allen is the incumbent. The curacy, valued in 1831 at £53, was augmented from 1757 to 1824, with £800 of Queen Anne's bounty, laid out in land.
Stafford Ann vict., Pratt's Arms farmers Bailey Chas. Jas. Kendle Chas. Martin Henry Roper Mary
See also the Fordham parish page.
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