BESTHORPE is a parish of dispersed houses, within 1 mile E. of Attleborough, containing 536 inhabitants, and 2132A. of land, mostly the property of the Earl of Winterton, the lord of the manor, impropriator of the rectorial tithes, and patron of the vicarage, valued in the King's Book at £5. 6s. 10½d., and now enjoyed by the Hon. and Rev. A.A. Turnour, with 35A. of glebe. The tithes have been commuted for the yearly payment of £255 each to the vicar and impropriator.
The CHURCH (All Saints) is cruciform, and has a lofty square tower.
The Fuel Allotment, 15A. 1R. 23P., was awarded at the enclosure in 1806, and is let, with 4A. 3R. 16P. of Town Land, for £23. 5s. a year, which is distributed in coals.
The ancient Hall, now a farm-house, was a seat of the Drury family.
Cook John vict., Square and Compass Lovett Robt. miller Palmer Dd. miller Wiggett J. blacksmith White Rt. shopkeeper farmers. Barker Thos. Palmer Wm. Brown Thos. Pyman Jph. Clarke Wm. Raynor John Cook Edward Rose Samuel Cowles Robt. Spruce Mrs. J. Howes A., Exors. of Turner J. Johnson Mrs. Warren John Limmer Edward, Esq., Wright S., Exors. of (Hall) Vince Jacob
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