Norfolk: Sparham


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

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SPARHAM, a pleasant village and parish on the Norwich and Fakenham turnpike, 3 miles S.W. of Reepham, is in Mitford union, East Dereham county court district, Norwich bankruptcy district, Eynsford petty sessional division, Reepham polling district of North Norfolk, Sparham rural deanery, and Norwich archdeaconry. It had 308 inhabitants in 1881 living on 1770 acres, and has a rateable value of £2043. The Earl of Leicester is lord of the manor, and owner of most of the soil. The remainder belongs to J.E. Cremer and C.H.L. Stoughton, Esqs., and the representatives of Mr. Wm. George.

The CHURCH (Virgin Mary) comprises nave with aisles and clerestory, chancel, south porch, and tower and three bells. The ancient screen still retains some painted figures on its lower panels. The rectory, valued in the King's Book at £9 17s. 11d., has 91A. of glebe, a good residence, and a yearly rent-charge of £481, awarded in 1842, in lieu of tithes. The Rev. H.E. Lombe is patron, and the Rev. Thos. Starling Norgate incumbent.

The Wesleyans and the Primitive Methodists have small chapels here.

The School was erected in 1852, and is supported by subscription.

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.

POST OFFICE at Mr. R.P. Cooper's. Letters arrive at 8 a.m., and are despatched at 3 p.m., viâ Reepham, which is the nearest Money Order Office.

         Andrews  Miss                schoolmistress
         Cole     William             parish clerk and vict. Green Man
         Cooper   Richd. P.           grocer & postmaster
         Cremer   Mr John Edmund      Hall
         Farman   Robert              basketmaker and thatcher
         Forby    George Winter       farmer
         Harris   Charles             beerhouse
         Millett  Hamlet              blacksmith
         Nelson   Thomas George       farmer
         Norgate  Rev. Thos. Starling rector
         Savory   Mrs. Mary Ann       farmer
         Yonge    Rev. George         curate

See also the Sparham parish page.

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October 2006