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Norfolk: Elsing

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

ELSING, a long straggling village on the south side of the vale of the Wensum, 5 miles E.N.E. of East Dereham, has in its parish 457 souls, and 1535A. 2R. 32P. of land, mostly the property of E. Lombe, Esq., and the Rev. Richard Eaton, A.B., the latter of whom is lord of the manor, and is about to assume the name of Browne, as his late father died when he succeeded to the Elsing Hall Estate.

He is also patron and incumbent of the Church, which has a square tower and five bells, and has in its east window figures of Hugh de Hastings and his wife, and in its chancel a mutilated brass, in memory of Sir Anthony Browne. The rectory, valued in the King's Book at 5. 11s. 8d., has a yearly rent of 330 awarded in 1841, in lieu of tithes.

The Church Lands, which have been vested in trust since before 1560, consist of 17A. 1R. 28P., let for 16. 4s. 4d., which is applied in the service of the church. The Camping Close (1A. 2R.,) is part of these lands, but is occasionally used by the parishioners as a play ground.

For distributions of money and bread, the poor parishioners have the following yearly doles, viz. 10s. out of the church land, left by John Leman; 1. 15s. from land left by John Starling; 21s. from land enclosed from the waste; and 9s. 16s. 8d. [sic] from 327. 17s. 4d. three per cent. consuls, left by Thos. Ward, in 1806.

	Blyth     Robert           joiner
	Browne    Rev Wm.          curate (h. Lyng)
	Eaton     Rev Richard      rector, Elsing Hall
	            (Browne) A.B.
	Farrow    Thomas           carpenter
	Hartt     Thomas Grounds   shopkeeper
	Kent      John Prince      joiner and vict. Mermaid
	Mack      Mary Ann         beerhouse keeper
	Millett   Wm.              blacksmith
	Rudd      Samuel           wheelwright
	Scott     George           corn miller
	Sharman   Peter            cattle dealer
	Weir      Charles          cattle dealer
	Wiseman   Wm.              shopkeeper

	                  FARMERS.

	Andrews   Samuel           Lewell    John
	Filby     Wm.              Lewell    Samuel
	Goward    Wm.              Lovett    Daniel
	Goward    Wm. jun.         Miles     Mrs
	Isbill    John             Weir      James

See also the Elsing parish page.

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December 2002