BARNEY, or Berney, at the source of the Stiffkey rivulet, 6 miles E.N.E. of Fakenham, is a village and parish, containing 276 souls, and 1,389A. 3R. 31P. of land, of which 410 acres are tithe free, having been held by Burnham Priory. It is in three manors, viz. - Wighton-Lancaster, of which the Earl of Leicester is lord; Great Snoring, of which J. Dugmore, Esq., is lord; and Barney on the part of Barney, of which Lord Hastings is lord. The copyholds in the latter, are on the tenure called Smockhold, from the wife having an equal claim with the husband, and should he die intestate, she has one half of his estate. This singular tenure exists only in two other Norfolk manors, viz:- Binham and Shipdham. Among the other principal land owners in Barney are, Sir Chas. Chad, Bart., W.S. Phillippo, William Butler, and the Rev. J. Lloyd.
Lord Hastings is impropriator of the rectorial tithes, and patron of the vicarage, valued in the King's Book at £6 13s. 4d., and in 1831 at £132, in the incumbency of the Rev. W.W. Wilcocks, of Fakenham. The glebe is 38A. 2R. 5P., and the Vicarage-house is divided into two cottages. The CHURCH (St. Mary,) is an ancient pile, with a tower and one bell; but formerly having three, - two of which were sold to repair the church some years ago. It was appropriated to Burnham Priory, in the reign of Edward III.
The Wesleyans and Baptists have chapels here, both rebuilt in 1844.
On the hills, east of the village, are traces of entrenchments, near which, a curious pavement and several brass coins were found, and are now in the possession of Mr. W.S. Phillippo.
The rents of two tenements, and 2A. of land given by an unknown donor, and 4A. allotted at the enclosure in 1811, are carried to the poor rates.
Bailey George beer house, Bell Beane Henry vict., Plough Burton Thomas baker Butler Hy. Woods grocer [see note below] Butler Mrs. My. [see note below] Dodman William wheelwright Frankling Sarah baker Howes Robert butcher Leeder Thomas blacksmith Long Robert saddler Priest Zach. shoemaker Stanford John tailor Stringer Peter blacksmith Wiggett William carpenter FARMERS. (* are Owners.) Barnes James * Elgar Robert Barrat Mark Pentany George * Butler William Perowne Benjamin * Butler John * Phillippo William Skinner Christmas Robert
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