BURNHAM OVERY parish has 613 inhabitants, and 1,863 acres of land, and includes the large village of Burnham Overy Staith, situated nearly 2 miles N.N.E. of Burnham Market, on a rivulet or creek, which crosses the salt-marshes by two channels to the ocean, and is navigable for vessels of 60 or 90 tons up to the Staith, where the spring tides rise 9 or 10 feet, and where a considerable trade in coal and corn is carried on, as well as in oysters, of which there is an excellent bed in the offing, where 5 boats and 15 fishermen are regularly employed.
The CHURCH (St. Clement,) stands on a bold eminence, a mile S. of the Staith, near the Wells road, and the remains of an ancient cross; 1 mile N.E. of Burnham Market. It has a short square tower, surmounted by a turret and bell; and in the same enclosure there was formerly another church, dedicated to St. Andrew, but no traces of it now remain; the cures being consolidated in 1421, as a vicarage, valued in the King's Book at £8. The patronage is in the Crown, and the Hon. and Rev. Fdk. Hotham, M.A., of Dennington, Suffolk, is the incumbent. The CHURCH land is 4A. 37P.
Peterstone-house, with its farm, at the south-east end of the parish, is the site of a hospital and chapel, called St. Peter de Patra, and anciently belonging to a religious community, who had a free chantry or oratory, granted them by the priory of Walsingham. At the dissolution, its site was granted to the Bishop of Norwich, and is now held of the See by the Earl of Leicester, who owns several other portions of the parish; but the greater part belongs to the Earl of Orford, the lord of the manor, and impropriator of the rectorial tithes; - commuted at £244, and the vicarial at £157 per annum.
Marked * are at the Staith.
Balls Thos. and John gentlemen Belding George joiner * Bush Hy. vict., Jolly Sailors * Cringle William master mariner * Dewing Rd. & Co. maltsters and corn, coal, &c. merchants Edge Francis bricklayer * Fuller James vict., Ship Victory * Hull Jas. & Hy. corn, coal, and coke merchants Lake John Stringer wheelwright and vict., Ostrich Inn Mack and Wiseman corn and coal merchants * Nelson Nathaniel miller and baker Pegg John brickmaker * Priest Samuel shoemaker Read James corn miller * Savory John miller and maltster * Tooley Hy. bricklayer & vict., Horse Shoes Wright William veterinary surgeon Blacksmiths. FARMERS. Kendall John * Foulger Mrs. * Smith William Hamond Miles Waters George, Marsh House Shopkeepers. Waters John * Wiseman Geo. Lewis Mary Stapleton Ann
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