BRISTON, a small town, consisting chiefly of detached residences, and having a weekly market on Tuesday for swine and cattle, is distant about 4½ miles S. by W. of Holt, and 17 N.N.W. of Norwich. It is situated near the main road between Aylsham and Holt, near one of the sources of the small river Bure, and is surrounded by scenery teeming with rural beauty.
A capital cattle Fair takes place on May 26th, (or on the Monday following if that date falls on Saturday or Sunday,) when a large amount of business is transacted; and we may add that the general trade of this little town is good and permanent, eclipsing in extent that of many other places possessing a much larger population.
For a series of years great attention has been paid by a parishioner, Mr. Josiah Hill, to the breeding, feeding, and improving Leicester Rams, of which he has an annual show, for sale or hire, and also has submitted to public competition, by auction-mart, at the May fair, an extensive stock of fat cattle, sheep and swine.
The parish, which is divided into several manors, comprises an area of 2757 acres, and the population in 1841 was 963. Post-Office, at Charles Wiggett's. Letters delivered at 9 a.m. and despatched to Norwich and all parts, via Holt, at 3 p.m.
Adkins Saml. joiner & wheelwright Bainbridge Gabriel bricklayer Bainbridge John bricklayer Bird Miss Maria Bird Rev. James Walter Blomfield Rev. George (curate) Blomfield William glover Blyth Josiah tailor Burton Joseph butcher Chapman Stephen national school Cletheroe Hy. joiner & wheelwright Cletheroe William baker Coleman John surgeon Court George 'Chequers,' & horse breaker Dack Robert Jno. tailor & draper Drewary John blacksmith Empson Wm. boot and shoe and flour dealer Goodwin William plumber, &c. Locksmith Richard 'Half Moon' Mower Henry miller and baker Neale Thomas carpenter Nickalls Isaac carpenter & wheelwright Palmer William beer shop Parke Joshua wheelwright and parish clerk Pegg William hair dresser Pointer John blacksmith Rook John butcher Rudd John saddler Sykes Thomas merchant's clerk Taylor Henry tailor Wiggett Charles shopkeeper Williams John tailor and grocery dealer Williamson James beer retailer and grocery dealer Williamson Henry 'Horse Shoes' Woodcock John Gresham wine, spirit, and seed merchant, grocer and draper, agent to the Norwich Equitable Fire Office Woods Bartholomew millwright Woods Edmund veterinary surgeon Wrench Mr. Peter Elwin Farmers. Baker William Hill Josiah (breeder and valuer) Bradfield Matthew Joy John Brownsell John May Simon (and shoemaker) Buck Thomas Palmer William Denny James Reeve Edward Duffield Thomas Rix George Emery Elizabeth Spooner George Gay William Williamson John Gresham John William Williamson Thomas Woodcock John GreshamCARRIERS to Norwich, Carr, and Coe, Tues. and Fri. at 10 morn.; also Daglass, Saturday at 6 morn.
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