Norfolk: Sparham


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

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SPARHAM, a pleasant village and parish, on the Norwich and Fakenham turnpike, 4 miles S.W. of Reepham, has 321 souls, and 1660 acres of land. The Earl of Leicester is lord of the manor, and owner of most of the soil.

The Church (Virgin Mary,) has a tower and three bells. The rectory, valued in the King's book at £9. 17s. 11d., has 92A. of glebe, a good residence, and a yearly rent of £481, awarded in 1842, in lieu of tithes. E. Loombe, Esq., is patron, and the Rev. Thomas Starling Norgate, incumbent.

The Primitive Methodists have a small chapel here, built of wood.

At the enclosure, in 1806, an allotment of 20A. was awarded to the poor, for fuel. They have also two tenements, purchased with £35, given by Benjamin Bourne and others.

          Bullock    Stephen       blacksmith
          Fish       James         shoemaker
          Lynn       Mr James
          Plumley    Charles       vict. Green Man
          Neale      Robt.         baker and shopkeeper
          Norgate    Rev Thos.
                       Starling    rector
          Norton     John          wheelwright
          Springall  George        shoemaker
          Stoughton  Clarke, Esq.
          Taylor     Richard       carpenter
          Trowse     Charles       shopkeeper
             FARMERS, (* are owners.)
          Canham     Henry
         *Clarke     John
          Leeds      Stephen
         *Middleton  John          (chief constable)
          Nelson     James and
          Sarsby     John          farm bailiff
          Winter     Robert

See also the Sparham parish page.

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October 2004