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Norfolk: Bircham Newton

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

BIRCHAM-NEWTON parish has a small village 1 mile N. of Great Bircham, and 15 miles N.E. of Lynn, and is in Docking union, Fakenham county court district, Norwich bankruptcy district, Smithdon and Brothercross petty sessional division, Smithdon hundred, Docking polling district of West Norfolk, Heacham deanery and Norfolk archdeaconry. In 1881 it contained 100 inhabitants, and has 1128 acres of land. The rateable value is 923. The Marquis of Cholmondeley owns all the soil, and is lord of the manor.

The CHURCH (All Saints) is a small plain structure, apparently of the Early Decorated period, and has a nave, chancel, and square tower with one bell. The interior is coloured, and was re-pewed in a very rough manner in 1858, at a cost of 50. The chancel contains a piscina and a full-length effigy of a priest in his robes. About 1834, during some alterations, the remains of a man and a child were found beneath this effigy, but whether they had any connection with the monument or not it is impossible to say. The Registers date from 1744.

The living is a rectory, which was valued in the King's Book at 14 6s. 8d., and is now consolidated with that of Bircham-Tofts, in the patronage of the Marquis of Cholmondeley, and incumbency of the Rev. E.F.E. Hankinson, M.A., who has here 47A. of glebe, a good residence, and a tithe rent-charge of 227 12s. per annum.

The children attend the school at Great Bircham, which is supported by the lord of this manor.

POST from Lynn. Docking is the nearest Money Order and Telegraph Office and Railway Station.

	Hankinson  Rev. Edward Francis
	             Edwards, M.A.     rector, The Rectory
	Matthews   Robert              farmer
	Osborne    Edward              parish clerk
	Roye       Stphn.              shpkpr. coal dlr. & cartownr
	Wright     Charles Edward      farmer

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Copyright Pat Newby.
July 2001