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Norfolk: Brisley

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

[Transcription copyright © Juanita Hadwin]

BRISLEY is a straggling village on the Fakenham Road, 6 miles N.N.W. of East Dereham, and gives name to a parish in Mitford and Launditch union, East Dereham county court district, Norwich bankruptcy district, Launditch hundred and petty sessional division, Litcham polling district of West Norfolk, Brisley rural deanery, and Norwich archdeaconry. It had 368 inhabitants in 1881, living on 1201 acres, and has a rateable value of £2171.

The soil is mostly the proper of Earl Sondes and George M. Nicholson, Esq.; but the executors of the late J. Garwood, Esq., and Messrs. George B. Butler, George Bird, and James Coker have estates here. Brisley Green is a fine open common of 170 acres. Brisley Hall is an ancient farm house, still partly encompassed by a deep moat, and having some fine specimens of carved oak.

The CHURCH (St. Bartholomew) is a large edifice, comprising nave, aisles, north porch, chancel, and lofty tower with four bells, and will seat 305 persons. The east window is filled with stained glass, representing the Crucifixion, given by the rector in memory of his first wife. In the church are a brass and a rood-screen.

The rectory, valued in the King's Book at £8 7s. 8d., and now at £490, with the vicarage of Gateley annexed, is in the patronage of Christ's College, Cambridge, and incumbency of the Rev. John Smith, B.D., who has here a yearly tithe rent-charge of £293 4s., a good brick residence, and 22A. 1R. of glebe.

The National School is a neat brick building, erected in 1844, and attended by 50 children, 70 names being on the books. Adjoining are a house and garden for the mistress.

Richard Taverner, a pious layman, who died in 1575, in his 70th year, was a native of Brisley. To promote the Reformation, he published, in 1539, a new translation of the Bible, for which he was committed to the Tower; but he regained the favour of Henry VIII., when that monarch became himself a reformer.

The rent of the Town Land, 4A. 1R. 30P, is applied with the poor rates.

POST OFFICE. --- Letters viâ East Dereham. Pillar Box cleared at 3.45 p.m.; Sundays at 10 a.m. Elmham is the nearest Money Order and Telegraph Office.

	Abbott      William            agent Prudential Assurance Co.
	Barnes      Robert             shoemaker
	Bunning     John               plumber and glazier,
	                                 and victualler, Red Lion
	Butler      George Butler      farmer & landowner, Church house
	Chandler    James              blacksmith
	Englebright Robert             victualler, Bell
	Hall        John               farmer; h Billingford
	Lyne        Mr. William
	Mendham     John               cattle dealer
	Nicholson   George Mann        farmer and landowner, Brisley Hall
	Palmer      William            blacksmith
	Poll        Mrs. Sarah         farmer
	Rye         Richard Hopson     farmer & baker
	Rye         William John       tailor
	Seaman      Isaac              farmer
	Smith       Rev. John, B.D.    rector
	Tuck        Chas. Daniel       tailor & parish clk
	Tuck        John               farmer
	Warner      George             well sinker
	Warner      Robert             grocer and draper
	Wilkins     Miss Rosalie Emily National schoolmistress
	Winearls    Alfred             blacksmith and beerhouse

CARRIER. --- Rudd (of Rudham) to Norwich and East Dereham, passes through every Tues., at 5 p.m., returning Thurs.


See also the Brisley parish page.

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April 2001