FILBY is a small parish and straggling village on the Norwich turnpike, 6 miles N.W. of Yarmouth. It is in Flegg union, East Flegg hundred, East and West Flegg petty sessional division, Yarmouth county court district and bankruptcy district, Ormesby polling district of North Norfolk, Flegg rural deanery, and Norwich archdeaconry. It had 670 inhabitants in 1881, living on 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. It has a rateable value of about £2000.
The Rev. Charles Lucas, B.A., J.P., is chief owner of the soil and lord of the manor, which was anciently held for a family of its own name. He resides at Filby House, a handsome mansion of white brick, erected in 1833. The soil is a rich deep loam, and market gardening is carried on extensively in the parish, large quantities of raspberries and other fruit being annually sent to the London and provincial markets.
The CHURCH, dedicated to All Saints, stands on an eminence above the lake, and has a nave, chancel, north and south aisles, a north porch, and a lofty embattled tower with five bells. It contains a beautiful marble monument (executed by Herrmann, of Dresden, a former pupil of Thorwalsden, of Rome) in memory of the late Charles Lucas, Esq., and there are five stained glass windows in memory of members of his family. The font is of Purbeck marble, and there is a stoup near the north door. The lower part of the rood-screen is finely painted, and exhibits the figures of eight saints. In the small door leading to the belfry, which is strongly covered with cross iron bars, are seven different sized key holes. A restoration of the building was commenced in 1851, and was finished in 1879, at a cost of £3000. The nave was reroofed, and a window of stone and flint put in the tower. The church contains 300 sittings.
The rectory, valued in the King's Books at £11 1s. 6d., and in 1331 [should probably be 1881] at £520, has 24 acres of glebe, and is in the patronage and incumbency of the Rev. Charles Lucas, B.A., J.P. The tithes have been commuted at £597 13s. 8d. per annum.
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 are a small Primitive Methodist Chapel, and an Unitarian Chapel, built and endowed by Henry Daliel, who died in 1710.
A School Board was established here in 1875. Rev. Charles Lucas, B.A., J.P., is the chairman; Rev. J.N. Dredge, hon. secretary; and Charles Broom, clerk. The Schoolroom was built in 1852, at a cost of £200, by the rector, and is attended by about 50 girls and boys.
POST OFFICE at Samuel Walpole's. Letters, viâ Yarmouth, arrive 6.45 a.m., and depart 6.43 p.m. Great Ormsby is the nearest Money Order Office.
ALLARD John market gardener ALLARD William market gardener AMISS George shoemaker BROOM Charles parish clerk BUNN William English beerhouse BURROUGHS Thomas Proctor solicitor, Yarmouth: h Hampden lodge CHAPMAN William butcher & farmer CULLEN Robt. mkt. grdnr. & warrener CULLEN Robert carrier DECK Robert mkt. gardener, fruiterer, and brickmaker DIXON Mrs Mary butcher & farmer DREDGE Rev. John Norris, B.A. curate, The Cottage ENGLISH Benj. shoemkr. & mkt. grdnr ENGLISH John tailor ENGLISH William farmer, Heath ENGLISH Zaccheus mkt. grdnr. & carrier GOBELL Geo. mkt grdnr. & pork butchr GOBELL Michael market gardener GOODWIN Charles market gardener & victualler, Fox and Hounds GOODWIN George market gardener GREEN George farmer GREEN John farm bailiff GREENACRE Charles farmer HARRIS John sadler HARRIS Wm. farmer and mkt. gardener HOWES Adam shoemaker HUNT William blacksmith LILLY George shoemaker LILLY Isaac machine owner LINGWOOD James market gardener LUCAS Rev. Charles, B.A., J.P. rector, Filby house LUCAS George solicitor, Yarmouth; h Filby house NOCKOLDS Hy. mkt. grdnr. and farmer NOCKOLDS Robert market gardener OWLES Henry farm bailiff, Heath farm PALMER Edmund market gardener RUDD Miss Sarah Board schoolmistrs SAUNDERS William wheelwright SHREEVE John blacksmith SKOYLES Howard plough maker TRETT Edward Elijah farmer, fruit merchant, and assistant overseer WALPOLE Samuel market gardener WALPOLE Samuel jun. grocer, draper and postmaster WARD John greengrocer WARR John market gardener WRIGHT Adam market gardenerCARRIERS. -- To Yarmouth, Robt. Cullen, Wed. and Sat.; and Zaccheus English, Mon. and Thurs.
In the first paragraph: the rateable value is £3151.
In the seventh paragraph: the schoolroom is now transferred to the Board.
In Directory, take out 'Broom Charles, parish clerk;' for 'Gobell' Geo. & 'Gobell' Michael, read 'Gorbell.'
Take out of Carriers 'Z. English.'
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