BRISTON is a scattered parish, 4½ miles S. by W. of Holt, near one of the sources of the river Bure, in Erpingham union, Holt county court district, Norwich bankruptcy district, Holt hundred and petty sessional division, Holt polling district of North Norfolk, Holt rural deanery, and Norwich archdeaconry. It had 855 inhabitants in 1881, living on 2757 acres, and has a rateable value of £4403 2s., and a gross estimated rental of £4987 18s. There were 262A. of common, but these have been enclosed; a recreation ground and Poor Allotment being reserved.
A swine market is held here every Tuesday, and a large cattle fair on May 26, or on the following Monday, when that date falls on Saturday or Sunday. The parish feast is on the day after Old Michaelmas day.
The soil belongs to Lord Hastings, the Rev. Sir E.R. Jodrell, Bart., Messrs. J.H. Holley, J.G. Woodcock, J. Emery, and some smaller owners, and lies in several manors, of which the following are the names and lords, viz.: --- Briston Hall, Melliors, and Chosells, Thomas Copeman, Esq.; Briston Mautbois, W.E.L. Bulwer, Esq; Mikehall and Loundhall, J.H. Holley, Esq.; and Thornage-exparte-Briston, Lord Hastings.
The CHURCH (All Saints), comprises only nave and chancel, with small belfry at west end. It had a round tower, which was taken down in 1776. The sedilia and piscina still remain in the chancel. Great improvements have been made since 1864; the old gallery has been removed, the chancel paved with Minton's tiles, and new oak seats erected in the nave and chancel. The font has been restored, an oak screen set up, and a new oak pulpit erected. A vestry has also been built, and an old window in the chancel reopened. The Registers date from 1689.
The vicarage, valued in the King's Book at £4 9s. 9d., is in the patronage of Lord Hastings, and incumbency of the Rev. Charles Norris, B.A., who has 40A. 3R. 31P. of glebe, and a good vicarage house, completed in 1870, at a cost of £1200. The Feoffees of Greenaway's Charity at Wiveton are lay impropriators of the great tithes, commuted in 1844 for £444, and the vicarial for £234.
The Independents, Wesleyans, Primitive Methodists, and the Free Methodists have each a chapel here.
The National School, built in 1844, at a cost of £250, was enlarged in 1875, at a cost of £250, and is attended by 174 children of this and the neighbouring parishes.
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 vicar for sermons, 2s. to the clerk, £1 3s. divided among the poor, and £2 10s. applied in apprentice fees.
POST OFFICE at Messrs. J. & T. Woodcock's. Letters are received at 7.40 a.m., and are despatched at 4.45 p.m., viâ East Dereham, which is the nearest Money Order Office.
Allen Robert farmer Bambridge Henry Gabriel bricklayer Barstead Horatio farmer Barstead William farmer Blomfield William glover, leather cutter, farmer, assessor & collector of taxes, parish clerk & churchwrdn Blyth John tailor Brown John shoemaker Christmas Josiah frmr.; h Burgh Hall Clark Alfred farmer Cletheroe George blacksmith Cletheroe Henry carpenter, &c Cletheroe John whlwright. & carpntr Cletheroe Jonathan wheelwright Cletheroe Thomas corn and coal dlr. carter and farmer Cletheroe Wm. carpenter & whlwright Coe Philip carrier and farmer Eke James shoemaker Everitt Mark victualler, Half Moon Garrett Henry farmer Green Henry frmr.; h East Barsham Green Miss Jane Hammond Rev. William Arthur (Prim. Methodist) Hickling Thomas tailor Ives Joseph miller Jackson Jacob butcher & shopkeeper Lee Robert farm bailiff LeGrys John carpenter & victualler, Chequers Inn Nichols Mr. Isaac Nichells William shoemaker Norris Rev. Charles, B.A. vicar, and rector of Melton, The Vicarage Pease Abraham baker Perry Mrs Emily Perry Richard Charles baker Pegg William butcher & hairdresser Pointer John blacksmith Riches Vine bricklayer Riches William bricklayer Rivett Edwd. grcr. draper & outfitter Roberts Thomas assistant grocer Rudd Frederick shoe dealer Rudd Henry saddler Rumps Mrs Ann farmer Sands Thomas farmer & cattle dealer Scott James & Saml. butchers & frmrs Stone Walter Hellary National school master & mistress & Mrs Elizabeth Tann Edmund farmer and overseer Taylor Joseph grocer & beer retailer Waller Wm. watchmaker and musical instrument repairer Williams Alfred beerhse. & carpenter Williamson Herbert btchr. & cattle dlr Williamson John farmer Wood Richd. whlwright & millwright Woodcock Joseph & Thomas grocers, drapers, earthenware, &c. dealers, and seed, wine, spirit, ale, & porter merchants, agents for the Equitable Insurance Co., farmers, & postmstrs Yull John gardener and seedsman
CARRIER to Norwich, Philip Coe, Wed. and Sat.
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