BARNINGHAM (LITTLE), 6 miles N.W. by N. of Aylsham, is a parish in Aylsham union, South Erpingham hundred, Aylsham petty sessional division and county court district, Norwich bankruptcy district, Aldborough polling district of North Norfolk, Norwich archdeaconry, and Ingworth rural deanery. It had 203 inhabitants in 1881. Its rateable value in 1881 was £1419 17s. 6d., and comprises 1224A. of land, mostly belonging to the Earl of Orford, J.T. Mott, Esq., Miss Margt. Page, and Mr. Shadrach Hardy.
The Earl of Orford is lord of the manor, which was anciently held by a family of its own name, who obtained a charter for a market and fair here in the reign of Edward I. In 1312, Sir Henry Seagrave and 26 others came to the manor house, and pricked and cut the mother of Wm. de Berningham to force her to tell them of her money and jewels, for which they were indicted, but produced the king's pardon.
The CHURCH (St. Andrew) has a square tower, and the living is a rectory, valued in the King's Book at £5 15s. 2½d., and now having £260 per annum, awarded in 1839 in lieu of tithes. The Earl of Orford is patron and the Rev. G.M. Johnson is the incumbent.
The Methodist Chapel was built in 1860 and enlarged in 1863 by Mr. S. Hardy, to whom it belongs.
This parish is united with Matlask for School Board purposes (See Matlask).
POST from Norwich, viâ Aldborough.
Cubitt Golden farmer, Church and Ferndale Farms Dixon Geo. farmer; h Plumstead Hardy Shadrach farmer and owner Johnson Rev. Geo. M. rector Lee Wm. G. frmr. Matlask & Wickmere Newstead Benjamin parish clerk and tea dealer Page Mrs Jane Le Grice and Miss Margt. Ferndale Pygall Geo. shoemaker Ringwood John beer retailer Trivett Thomas grocer and draper
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