Norfolk: Forncett St Peter


William White's History, Gazetteer, and Directory of Norfolk 1845

[Transcription copyright © Ann Duncan]

FORNCETT ST. PETER, on the west side of a rivulet, opposite the above [ie Forncett St. Mary], 11½ miles S.S.W. of Norwich, and 5½ miles N.E. of New Buckenham, has in its parish 669 souls, 1851 acres of land, and the hamlets of Forncett end, 1½ mile W. of the church, and Buster's green, on the east side of the rivulet. The Duke of Norfolk is lord of the manor, and the copyholds are subject to arbitrary fines.

The Church has an embattled tower and five bells, and its rectory is consolidated with that of Forncett St. Mary. The tithes have been commuted for £703 7s. 3½d. per annum.

The Town Lands were exchanged at the enclosure in 1809, for 6A. 3R. 28P., let for £10, which is applied towards the support of the National School for both Forncetts; together with a yearly rent of 32s., left by an unknown donor, out of land belonging to Sir Robert J. Harvey.

A fair for pleasure and pedlery is held here on the third Thursday in Sept.

In the following Directory, those marked
  1, reside at Buster's green;
  2, at Forncett-end;
and the others in Forncett St. Peter:-

         2 Barber     Samuel          baker
         2 Blomfield  James           miller & maltster
         2 Carston    James           joiner, &c
         2 Chambers   John            corn miller
         2 Feltham    Wm.             grocer
         2 Humphreys  J.              beersllr   [see note below]
         2 Kemp       J.              beersllr   [see note below]
         2 King       Jph.            Bapt. min. & schoolmr
         2 Knights    Henry           corn miller
         2 Lansdale   Wm.             blacksmith
           Lane       Rev John        rector
                        Doudney, A.M.
           Moore      Mary            vict. Norfolk Arms
         2 Tipple     George          tailor
              FARMERS (* are Owners.)
         1 Bailey     Robert
         1 Balls      John
          *Betts      Ed. & Sar.
          *Browne     Charles
         2*Colman     Sarah
           Cooke      Wm.
           Goodrum    John
           Huggins    Thos.
          *Lain       Jno.            butchr
           Nash       Samuel
          *Palmer     John & Thomas
         2*Parker     Thomas John
           Ringer     John
           Smith      Wm.
           Williamson Fdk.
           Smith      Matthew
         2 West       Jno. Gill

Note: in the original this is:
   2 Humphreys J. & Kemp J. beersllrs

See also the Forncett St Peter parish page.

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