Norfolk: Great Fransham


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

[Transcription copyright © Pat Newby]

FRANSHAM (GREAT) a scattered village and parish, 6½ miles E.N.E. of Swaffham and west of Dereham, contains 329 souls and 1874 acres of land, in the manors of Oldhall, Swathing, and Crudd's, held respectively by the Rector, C. Metcalfe, Esq., and Mrs. Drosier.

The Church (All Saints,) has a round tower, surmounted by a small spire, and in the chancel is a fine brass, representing a man armed cap-a-pie, inscribed Gilfridus Fransham. On another stone are portrayed the figures of John Crudd and his wife, dated 1439; and under the arch of the steeple is a brass, representing "Cecelia uxor John Legge." The rectory, valued in the King's Book at £7. 15s. 10d., has 63A. of glebe, and a yearly rent of £552, awarded in 1841, in lieu of tithes. F.R. Reynolds, Esq., is patron, and the Rev. Charles Reynolds, B.A., incumbent.

The Fuel Allotment, awarded in 1807, is 8A. 1R. 36P., let for £13. 15s. The poor have also the interest of £20, left by John Bailey, and Thomas Case.

         Clark      David           shopkpr. & shoemaker
         Drosier    Mrs Mary        Cnrds Hall [should be Crudd's Hall]
         Dunger     Wm.             vict., Chequers
         Frost      John            beer seller
         Perkins    Jonathan        miller
         Pratt      Chas.           vict., Lord Nelson
         Rump       Richd.          vict., Pine Inn
         Reynolds   Rev Chas. B.A.  Rectory
         Westby     John            academy
         Claxton    Noah            Howell     Jacob
         Flood      John            Makins     John
         Flood      Haw             Perkins    Henry
         Gathercole Amb.            Stamford   Samuel
         Godfrey    Masters         Wellingham Wm.
         Hastings   Thos.

See also the Great Fransham parish page.

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December 2001