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Norfolk: Broomsthorpe

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

BROOMSTHORPE is a small churchless parish, 6 miles W. by S. of Fakenham, in Docking union, Fakenham county court district, Gallow petty sessional division, Gallow hundred, Fakenham polling district of West Norfolk, and Burnham rural deanery, and Norfolk archdeaconry. It had 12 inhabitants in 1881, living on 443 acres, and has a rateable value of 459. It is owned by Joseph S. Scott Chadd, Esq., and farmed by Mr. Thomas W. Francis, who resides at Helhoughton.

In 1863 some farm labourers discovered in this parish, about 18 inches below the surface, several human skeletons. The house occupied by the Misses Francis stands on the site of an ancient seat of the Walpoles.

The CHURCH was destroyed before the reign of Elizabeth, and its benefice abolished. It had a guild of St. John, to whom the church was probably dedicated.

POST via Swaffham. East Rudham is the nearest Money Order Office.

	Francis  Misses Mary & Elizabeth
	Francis  Thomas William          farmer; H Helhoughton

See also the Broomsthorpe parish page.

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Copyright Pat Newby.
January 2003