COLKIRK, a parish and scattered village on an eminence, 2½ miles S. of Fakenham, is in Mitford union, East Dereham county court district, Norwich bankruptcy district, Launditch hundred and petty sessional division, Fakenham polling district of West Norfolk, Toftrees rural deanery, and Norwich archdeaconry.
It had 431 inhabitants in 1881, living on 1482 acres of land, and has a rateable value of £2528. Marquis Townshend is lord of the manor and chief owner of the soil; but Frederick Manby, Esq., and the Ridgeway family have estates here. The tithes have been commuted for £474 per annum.
The CHURCH (Virgin Mary) is a structure of the 15th century, but on the site of an older church. It was well restored in 1858, and enlarged in 1872 by the addition of an aisle. It contains curious monuments of the Timporley family, besides a number of stained glass memorial windows. The rectory, valued in the King's Book at £10, and now at £474, with 44 acres of glebe, is in the patronage and incumbency of the Rev. Walter M. Hoare, M.A., who has here a good residence.
The late rector, the Rev. Ralph Tatham, D.D., in 1851 erected a small but neat School, now attended by about 90 children, which is supported by contributions and government grant.
The poor have 8A. 2R. 15P. of land at Shereford, given by an unknown donor, and let for £8 3s.; and the Crown public house and 2 acres of land, let for £23, and purchased with £100, left by Samuel Collison in 1764; and £20 derived from the sale of land at Snettisham, left by John Holland in 1636. The public house was rebuilt in 1827, at a cost of £324. The poor have also 52s. a year, left by Thomas Carryan in 1711, out of land at Great Massingham, and 3s. 4d. per annum from Dunham's Charity. (See Whissonsett).
POST OFFICE at Mr. William Thompson's. Letters arrive at 7.30 a.m., and despatched at 5 p.m., viâ Fakenham, which is the nearest Money Order and Telegraph Office.
Abram James bootmaker Chambers Mrs Maria Chambers Thomas farmer, The Hall Crane Jasper farm bailiff Dunn William bootmaker Farrow William grocer and draper Goggs Thos. Richd. fmr.; h Fakenham Green William farmer Harrald Miss H. schoolmistress Hoare Rev. Walter Marsham, M.A. rector Howard Mrs Ann grocer and draper Howe John victualler, Crown Nelson James builder Pope Stephen Ratcliff solicitor, Fakenham; h Colkirk house Raven Misses farmers Smith Charles farmer Smith William parish clerk Thompson William postmaster Wright Matthew beerhs. & blacksmth
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