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Norfolk: Babingley

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

[Transcription copyright © Pat Newby]

BABINGLEY, a small parish, 1 mile N.W. of Castle-Rising, and 5½ miles N.N.E. of Lynn, has only 54 inhabitants, and about 800 acres of land, a great part of which is in swampy meadows, through which a rivulet runs westward to the Wash. The Hon. Chas. Spencer Cowper is owner of the soil, lord of the manor, and patron of the rectory, valued in the King's Book at £4 13s. 4d., and united with Sandringham, in the incumbency of the Rev. George B. Moxon.

The CHURCH stands in the meadows, near an old cottage, and is said to be the first Christian Church erected in the county, - its patron Saint being Felix the Burgundian, who converted the East Angles. The tower and nave are in tolerable repair, but the chancel is in ruins.

Chas. Bradfield, farmer, and John Pratt, farm-steward to Wm. Lewis, occupy the two farm-houses; and the other dwellings consist of a few cottages.

See also the Babingley parish page.

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May 2002