FORNCETT ST. MARY, 11 miles S.S.W. of Norwich, and 6 miles N.E. of New Buckenham, is a parish in Depwade union, hundred, petty sessional division, and rural deanery, Wymondham county court district, Norwich bankruptcy district, Stratton polling district of South Norfolk, and Norfolk archdeaconery.
It had 275 inhabitants in 1881, living on 728 acres, and has a rateable value of £1151. The soil belongs to several copyholders (fines arbitrary). W. Henry Cole, Esq., is now lord of the manor. Sir C. Harvey, The Girls Hospital Norwich, Sir F.G.M. Boileau, Bart., Mrs. Margitson, and George Barker, Esq., have estates here.
The CHURCH is a fifteenth century structure, comprising nave, chancel, and square tower with three bells, and was re-roofed and otherwise restored in 1870. The rectories of Forncett St. Mary and St. Peter were united till 1846, when the Rev. J.W. Colenso, M.A. became rector of the former, and the Rev. W.G. Wilson, M.A., of the latter.
Dr. Colenso in 1853 was appointed Bishop of Natal, and is well known as the author of 'Elements of Algebra,' and other valuable educational works, and the 'Pentateuch and Book of Joshua Critically Examined,' which has given rise to so much controversy.
The united rectories were valued in the King's Book at £20, and in 1831 at £982. The Earl of Effingham is patron, and the Rev. Jno. Ed. Cooper, M.A., is rector of St. Mary's, and has 8 acres of glebe and a good residence, built in 1846. The incumbent must be a fellow of St. John's College, Cambridge. The tithes have been commuted for £309 13s. 5d. per annum, but the rector receives part of the tithes of Forncett St. Peter, so that the living is now worth about £515.
The Primitive Methodists have a small chapel here, built in 1854.
The Town Land, 4A. 31P., received in exchange at the enclosure in 1809, is let for £8, which is applied towards the support of the National School which was built in 1813, and is attended by 42 children.
POST OFFICE at Mr. Thomas Falgate's. Despatch at 5.30 p.m., delivery at 7.30 A.M ., viâ Long Stratton, which is the nearest Money Order and Telegraph Office.
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