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Norfolk: Bessingham

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

[Transcription copyright © Pat Newby]

BESSINGHAM, 8 miles N.N.W. of Aylsham, and 5 miles S.S.W. of Cromer, is in Erpingham union, Holt county court district, Norwich bankruptcy district, North Erpingham hundred, and petty sessional division, Aldborough polling district of North Norfolk, Repps rural deanery, and Norfolk archdeaconry.

It had 1568 inhabitants in 1881, living on 508 acres, and has a rateable value of about £900. About 300 acres belong to Mr. Daniel Spurrell, of the Hall, a red brick mansion, entirely rebuilt in 1870.

W.H. Scott, Esq., of Aylsham, is lord of the manor, and the trustees of Mr. Armstrong are patrons of the living, which is a discharged rectory, valued in the King's Book at £4 6s. 8d., and now in the incumbency of the Rev. Skeffington Armstrong, resident at Sustead vicarage, held in conjunction with Bessingham. The glebe is 32½A., and the tithes were commuted in 1839 for £137 per annum. Near the church is a tumulus of half an acre.

The CHURCH (St. Mary) comprises nave, chancel, south porch, and round tower, and was probably built in the 13th century.

POST from Norwich, via Hanworth.

	Amis       Mrs Mary            farmer
	Armstrong  Rev. Skeffington    rector; h Sustead
	Cooper     Thomas              sexton
	Emery      Robert              farmer and shoemaker
	Franklin   Miss Maria          school
	Franklin   Mrs Mary            farmer
	Mann       John                farmer
	Spurrell   Daniel, Esq.        landowner, Manor House
	Spurrell   Edmund Denham, Esq.
	Waterson   John                shopkeeper
	White      Stephen             overseer and victualler,
	                               Horse Shoes Inn

See also the Bessingham parish page.

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July 2002