COLBY, or Coleby, 3 miles N. by E. of Aylsham, is a parish in Aylsham union and county court district, Norwich bankruptcy district, South Erpingham hundred and petty sessional division, Aylsham polling district of North Norfolk, Ingworth rural deanery, and Norwich archdeaconry. It has a rateable value of £1886, and had 241 inhabitants in 1881, living on 1115 acres. The principal owners are Lord Suffield and W. F. Windham, Esq. It forms part of the manor of Crackford.
The CHURCH (St. Giles) is a neat structure, comprising nave, chancel, south porch with parvise, and tower containing one bell. It was repaired in 1748 and 1834, and in the former year the north aisle was taken down. The east window was decorated about thirty years ago with ancient stained glass, collected by the rector, who also purchased the altar piece, a fine painting of Moses and Aaron. The font is richly carved with figures of the Holy Family, the Evangelists, &c., and the piscina and sedilia still remain on the south side of the chancel. There is a gallery at the west end, containing an organ.
The living is a discharged rectory, valued in the King's Book at £8 15s. 10d., in the gift of Lord Suffield, and incumbency of the Rev. Edward Maynard Goslett, B.A., LL.D., who has a good residence. The tithes were commuted in 1839 for £361 16s. per annum, and the glebe is about 7 acres.
The Wesleyans have a small chapel here.
The Church Land is 9A. 1R. 29P. An acre of land at Banningham, belonging to Colby, is let for £2 10s., which is applied with the poor rates. In 1723 Richard Snelling left two yearly rent-charges, viz., 20s. for the aged poor, and 36s. for clothing poor children of Colby.
Thomas de Colby, D.D., who died Bishop of Lismore and Waterford, in Ireland, in 1406, was a native of this parish.
POST from Norwich, via Aylsham. Aylsham is the nearest Money Order Office.
Barney Benjamin farmer Bunn Edward bootmaker Chamberlin Robert farmer Colgate Henry & Mrs Annie Maud Board school-teachers Daniels John parish clerk Gaze John bootmaker Goslett Rev. Edward Maynard, B.A., LL.D. rector Neal James farmer Neeve Francis farmer Neeve - farmer Pratt Richard Robert farmer Wortley Robt. farmer; h Suffield
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