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Norfolk: Filby

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

[Transcription copyright © Pat Newby]

FILBY is a small parish and straggling village, on the Norwich turnpike, 6 miles N.W. of Yarmouth. It has 553 inhabitants, and 1191 acres of land, exclusive of roads, 100A. in plantations, and about 160A. in a fine lake, called Filby Broad, and abounding with fish and wild ducks.

The Church, dedicated to All Saints, has a lofty embattled tower and five bells. It stands on an eminence above the lake, and contains a beautiful marble monument, in memory of the late Chas. Lucas, Esq.

The rectory, valued in the King's Books at £11. 1s. 6d., and in 1831, at £520, has 24 acres of glebe, and is in the patronage of the Rev. Charles Lucas, and incumbency of the Rev. Gibson Lucas, who is also chief owner and lord of the manor, which was anciently held by a family of its own name. Filby House, the seat of the rector, is a handsome mansion of white brick, rebuilt in 1833.

At the enclosure in 1802, 10A. 1R. 23P. of the marsh was allotted to the poor, and 2R. 4P. for the repairs of the roads.

Here is a Methodist and also an Unitarian Chapel; the latter was built and endowed by Henry Daliel, who died in 1710, but it is now disused.

The tithes have been commuted for £597. 13s. 8d. per annum.

	  Boulton     Eliz.              shopr. (Post Office)
	  Chapman     Jph.               beerhouse kpr. & smith
	  Chapman     Joseph, jun.       butcher
	  Everson     Jas.               schoolmaster & shopkr
	  Everson     Mr John
	  Green       Robert             glazier, painter, &c
	  Hannent     John               vict. Fox & Hounds
	  Harris      Wm.                sadler
	  Harrison    Wm. S.             farrier and shopr
	  Homan       Robert             joiner
	  Humphrey    Benjamin           blacksmith
	  Lucas       Rev Gibson, &      Filby House
	                Rev Charles, B.A.
	  Moore       Ann                bricklayer
	  Nichols     Thomas             wheelwright
	  Richards    John               gamekeeper
	  Shepherd    Henry              cattle dealer
	  Sherrington Mrs Elizabeth
	  Shreeve     John               blacksmith
	  Skoyles     James              iron founder and machine maker
	  Smith       Wm.                tailor
	  Trett       John               shopkeeper
	  Trett       Thomas             swine dealer
	  Walpole     Clement S.         joiner

	                      FARMERS.
	                   *are Owners.

	  Chapman     John             * Parker      John
	* Frosdick    Edw.               Skoyles     Thomas
	  Hewitt      John               Squires     John
	  Humphrey    Geo.               Thompson    Saml.
	  Nicholds    Eliz.              Waters      Samuel
	* Palmer      John

	     Shoemakers.

	  Chase       George
	  English     Wm.
	  Howard      Samuel

See also the Filby parish page.

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March 2004