BRISTON, a large village, 4½ miles S. by W. of Holt, near one of the sources of the river Bure, has in its parish 2757 acres of land, including 262A. of common. It had 1037 inhabitants in 1831, but only 963 in 1841. This decrease was occasioned by more than 150 paupers being sent to Canada, at the expense of the principal parishioners and land owners, from 1831 to 1836.
A swine market is held here every Tuesday, and a large cattle fair on the 26th of May, or on the following Monday, when that date falls on Saturday or Sunday. At this fair, Mr. Josiah Hill has an extensive sale by auction of fat cattle, sheep, and swine. Mr. H. is highly celebrated as a breeder and improver of Leicester rams, of which he has an annual show, for letting or sale. The parish feast is on the day after Old Michaelmas day. The soil belongs to various owners, and lies in several manors, of which the following are the names and lords, viz.:- Briston Hall, Melliors and Chosells, Rt. Copeman, Esq.; Briston Mautbois, W.E.L. Bulwer, Esq.; Mikelhall and Loundhall, J.H. Holley, Esq.; and Thornage-exparte-Briston, Lord Hastings.
The Church (All Saints,) has a belfry, and formerly had a round tower, which was taken down in 1724. The vicarage, valued in the King's Book at £4. 9s. 9d., is in the patronage and incumbency of the Rev. Robt. Bond, B.A., who has 40A. 3R. 31P. of glebe. The Feoffees of Greenaway's Charity at Wiveton, are appropriators of the great tithes, commuted in 1844 for £444, and the vicarial for £231. 10s.
Here are three chapels, belonging to the Independents and the Wesleyan and Primitive Methodists.
A National School was built here in 1844, at the cost of £250, for 150 children of the parishes of Briston, Melton Constable, and Thurning.
Two small plots, called Town Land, are held on lease at rents amounting to 11s. 6d. a year. Pursuant to the wills of Thomasine and James Scamler, in 1667 and 1687, the yearly sum of £8. 10s. 8d. is paid out of Hickling Priory farm to this parish, and dispensed as follows:- £4. 6s. 8d. to the master of the Sunday School, (but intended for sermons;) 2s. to the clerk; £1. 3s. divided among the poor; and £2. 10s. applied in apprentice fees.
Bambridge Gbrl. & John bricklayers Bircham Thomas vict. Chequers Bloom Edmund beer seller Blomfield Wm. glover and tawer Blyth Josiah tailor Bond Rev Robert, B.A. vicar Carr Robert cattle dealer Chapman Stephen Natl. schoolmr. Cletheroe Wm. baker Clifton Daniel miller and baker Coleman John surgeon Colman Jph. auctioneer & shoemkr. Drewary John blacksmith Eisher Mrs A. Empson Wm. clothes dealer Girling Rev Barry, B.A. curate Goodwin Wm. plumber, glazier, &c Hill Mrs Martha King John Batson grocer & draper Locksmith Rd. vict. Half-Moon Lunnis Joseph higgler Mower Henry flour dealer Palmer Wm. beer seller Poynter John blacksmith Reeve Mrs. miller and baker Rudd John saddler Sadler Sarah Storey Thomas vict. Horse Shoe Sykes Thomas merchant's clerk Wiggett Charles shopkeeper Williamson Mr John Woodcock John Gresham grocer, draper, glass and china dlr., wine and spirit merchant, and agent to Norwich Equitable Fire Office Woods Edmund farrier FARMERS. (* are Owners.) Baker Wm. * Hill Josiah, (& breeder Billing Daniel and valuer Bradfield Mattw. * Joy John * Brownsell Wm. Mason Simon, (& shoemaker) Buck Thomas Palmer John Carr Joseph Reeve Edward Denny James Rix George Duffield Thomas * Sadler Joshua Emery George Spooner George * Emery Thomas Williamson Wm. Gay Wm. Williamson Thos. * Gresham John Woodcock * Wrench Peter Elwin Joiners and Wheelwrights. Cletheroe Henry Nickalls Isaac Parke Joshua (& parish clerk) Woods Bartw. (& millwright)
CARRIERS. Dd. Curties and J. Carr, to Norwich Tu. & Fri.
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