Norfolk: Marlingford


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

[Transcription copyright © Pat Newby]

MARLINGFORD is a parish in the vale of the Yare, 6 miles W. of Norwich, and is in Forehoe union, hundred, and petty sessional division, Norwich county court district and bankruptcy district, Norwich polling district of South Norfolk, Forehoe division of Hingham rural deanery and Norfolk archdeaconry. It had 226 inhabitants in 1881, and comprises 661 acres of land. B.E. Fletcher, Esq., of Marlingford Hall, is lord of the manor and owner of 240 acres, and the Rev. Henry Evans Lombe and John Rose, Esq., are the other landowners.

The CHURCH (Assumption of the Virgin Mary) was thoroughly restored in 1881, when a new porch was built and the north aisle rebuilt on the foundations of a former one which had been in ruins for upwards of 100 years, the nave was re-roofed with tiles, a font of Norman transitional was well restored, the whole of the edifice being fitted with open benches. It comprises nave, chancel, north aisle, south porch which has a fine Norman doorway, and square tower with one bell.

In the church are two piscinas; that in the north aisle, a holy-water stoup, and the original staircase to the rood loft were discovered during the restoration, when a new stone pulpit was presented by Sir Frederick Vincent, Bart., in memory of his son, a former pupil of the present rector, Rev. George Richards, D.D. In the church are memorial stones of the Cullyer, Jermy, Colley, Clarke, Vincent, Life, Rant, and Greene families.

The living is a discharged rectory, valued in the King's Book at £7 12s. 8d.; and was augmented in 1725-6, with £200 of Queen Anne's Bounty, and £200 given by Rt. Fellowes, Esq. The tithes have been commuted for £102 per annum. Thos. L'Estrange Ewen, Esq., is patron, and the Rev. George Richards, D.D., is the rector, and has 35 acres of glebe and a good residence near the church.

A new NATIONAL SCHOOL of the Elizabethan style of architecture was built by the Greene family in 1871, and is now attended by about 50 children.

The poor have the interest of £10 left by Mary Wright in 1798, and that of £500, left by the late Miss Ann Chandler Greene, who died in 1875, invested by the Charity Commissioners, which is distributed at Christmas by the rector and churchwardens.

POST OFFICE at Mrs. Mary Bean's. Letters arrive at 7 a.m., despatched at 4.45 p.m. viâ Norwich, Hethersett is nearest Money Order, and Wymondham nearest Telegraph Office.

         Blyth     Frederick         blacksmith
         Coote     George            miller & corn merchant, Marlingford mills
         Fletcher  Mr B.E.           Marlingford hall
         Fox       Thomas            parish clerk
         Hart      Philip            steward for Mr B.E. Fletcher
         Hipperson Geo.              farmer & bricklayer
         Howes     Miss Elizabeth    Natl. schlmstrs
         Mace      John              florist
         Matthews  Henry             shopkeeper
         Richards  Rev. George, D.D. rector, The Rectory
         Riches    Robert            farmer, Old hall
         Sadd      John              bricklayer & vict. Bell Inn

CARRIERS from Barnham Broom to Norwich pass through on Wednesday and Saturday

See also the Marlingford parish page.

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November 2011