COSTON parish, on the river Yare, 4 miles N.N.E. of Hingham, is in Forehoe union, Wymondham county court district, Norwich bankruptcy district, Forehoe petty sessional division and hundred, Hingham polling district of South Norfolk, Hingham rural deanery and Norfolk archdeaconry. It had 48 inhabitants in 1881, living on 342 acres, and has a rateable value of £551. Nearly all the parish is in one farm, the property of the Earl Kimberley.
The CHURCH (St Michael) is a small neat edifice of pure Early English character, and comprises nave, chancel, south porch, and square tower with one bell. The windows are all lancet-shaped, except that at the east end, which is an ugly square-headed Perpendicular one. The porch is evidently of later date than the rest of the church, and the principal entrance was doubtlessly by the north doorway, inside of which is the holy water stoup. The chancel arch is sharply pointed and narrow, and terminates in a tie. The steps leading to the rood-loft remain entire. There is a large aumbry in the chancel, and behind the pulpit is a piscina. In 1850, the nave was fitted with open seats at a cost of £70, derived from the sale of the late Archdeacon's portrait. Mr C.C. Atkins, at the same time, restored and repaired the stone work at a cost of £20, and the rector repaired the chancel.
The rectory, certified at £21, was always held by the Archdeacon of Norfolk, till 1855, when it was consolidated with the vicarage of Runhall. It is in the patronage of the Bishop of Norwich and the Earl of Kimberley, alternately, and in the incumbency of the Rev. Robert Browne Slipper, M.A., who has 8A. of glebe, a yearly tithe rent-charge of £95. 5s., and a neat rectory house, which was built in 1857, at a cost of £600, on the site of the old palace of the Archdeacons.
The school is in Rundall [sic], and is supported by the Earl of Kimberley and a voluntary rate.
POST via Wymondham. Letters arrive at 8 a.m., despatched at 6 p.m. Nearest Money Order Office at Barnham Broom.
Atkins Charles Cadywold farmer and land agent Bridges Wm. blacksmith & beerhs. The Coach & Horses Slipper Rev. Robert The Rectory Browne, M.A. Smith Richard pork butcher
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