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Norfolk: Dunton cum Doughton

William White's History, Gazetteer, and Directory of Norfolk 1845

DUNTON-WITH-DOUGHTON, 3 miles W. of Fakenham, form a parish of 147 souls, two farm houses, a few cottages, and about 1,600 acres of land, on the north side of the vale of the Wensum. The Earl of Leicester is owner of the soil and lord of the manor, which was given by Henry VIII., to Ralph de Hauville, to be held by the service of keeping the King's falcons; but in the reign of Elizabeth it passed to Chief Justice Coke.

The Earl is also patron of the vicarage, valued in the King's Book at 5 6s. 8d., and in 1831 at 111. The Rev. Stephen Allen of Erpingham, is the incumbent.

The Church (St. Peter,) has in its chancel a fine brass, representing Clere Talbot and his two wives, and a long inscription to Matthew Lancaster, "descended from John Lancaster, the first of that race in England, and first founder of Lancaster."

The farmers are - Stephen Abbott and Robert Bircham.

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See also the Dunton cum Doughton parish page.

Copyright Pat Newby.
August 2001