William White's History, Gazetteer, and Directory of Norfolk 1845[Transcription copyright © Pat Newby]
RINGLAND, on the west bank of the Wensum, 7 miles N.W. of Norwich, has in its parish 386 souls, and 1,202A. 2R. 38P. of land, mostly the property of T.T. Berney, Esq., and several smaller owners, but Lord Stafford is lord of the manor, which is chiefly copyhold, subject to arbitrary fines; and was anciently held by the Le Neve family.
The Church, (St. Peter,) is a handsome structure, with a tower and five bells. It has a richly carved antique font. The vicarage, valued in the King's Book at £3. 6s., was augmented in 1780, with £200 of Queen Anne's Bounty, which was laid out in 10A. of land. It has also, 12A. 1R. 21P. of glebe, and the vicarial tithes were commuted, in 1840, for £105 per annum. The Bishop of Ely is patron, and the Rev. Richard Brickdale incumbent.
The Methodists have a small chapel here, built in 1832.
Mrs. Ann Le Neve, in 1718, left £200, to be laid out in land, for the support of a schoolmistress, to teach 20 or more poor children of Ringland, to read and work. £50 was lost, and the remaining £150 was laid out in the purchase of 16A. of copyhold land, in Weston, now let for £22 a year.
The Poor's Land, 3A., is let for £3, which is distributed among the poor, with a yearly rent-charge of 10s., left by John Laverock, in 1806, out of Dike Hill Meadow. In 1700, Fras. Le Neve, charged his estate here with the yearly payment of £6, for apprenticing poor boys, but it has not been paid in the memory of any of the parishioners.
The rent of a small meadow is applied to the repairs of the foot bridge, which here crosses the Wensum.
Abel William poulterer Abel Jeremiah butcher Blyth Matthew blacksmith Blyth John wheelwright (& Morton) Cranness Wm. boot and shoemaker Hart George shopkeeper Lane John joiner and vict., King of Prussia Mead John tailor and shopkeeper Millatt Jonathan free schoolmaster Palmer George beer-house keeper Plummer Raminta shopkeeper Rivett Wm. Christmas corn miller Wilkinson Pickenham gardener FARMERS. Crickmore Hy. Dunham Edmund Frost John Gibbs Thomas Pratt Edward Wright Edmund
See also the Ringland parish page.
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