Norfolk: Lessingham


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

[Transcription copyright © Peter Green]

LESSINGHAM, 8 miles E. by S. of North Walsham, and 3½ miles N.N.E. of Stalham, has in its parish 241 souls and 640A. of land, mostly belonging to Mr B. Cubitt, but the manor is held by King's College, Cambridge.

The Church (All Saints,) is a rectory, valued in the King's Book at £6, and consolidated with Hempstead. The glebe here is 21A.1R.16P., and the tithes were commuted in 1841 for £240 per ann. Here was a Priory, subject to Bec abbey in Normandy, but it was suppressed in the reign of Henry VI.

The Poor's Allotment, 3A.32P., was awarded at the enclosure. In 1727, the Rev. Jonathan Chaloner left to this parish the yearly sums of £4 for schooling three children, and £4.6s. for the poor, who have also £1.7s.8d. per annum, left by John Ringer, Oliver Hartstrong, and Thos. Smith.

         Bird      Robert     gardener
         Buffham   Thomas     wheelwright
         Clements  Thomas     blacksmith
         Clements  Benjamin   shoemaker
         Drake     Charles    blacksmith
         Harris    Thomas     tailor
         Hewitt    Rev. Jno.  curate of Walcot
         Nurse     Robert     saddler
         Payne     Benjamin   vict., Star
         Postle    Wm.        tailor
         Waterson  Geo.       tailor and hatter
         Waterson  Mrs Sarah
         Wilkin    Robert     bricklayer
         Woodrow   Charles    grocer & draper
         Frarey    Robert     (owner)
         Hewitt    Aaron
         Hewitt    Charles
         Nurse     Edmund
         Watts     Thomas

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July 1999