FOULDEN, or Fouldon parish, has a large straggling village, 8 miles S.S.W. of Swaffham, and contains 517 inhabitants and 3395 acres of land, mostly the property of W.A.T. Amhurst, Esq., who is lord of the manors of Latimer and Warren; but Mrs. Horrex and Edmund Oldfield, Esq., have estates here, and the latter resides at the Hall, a neat modern mansion which has recently been much improved.
The Church (All Saints) is in the decorated style, and comprises nave with aisles, north and south porches, chancel and vestry. The tower has long been an ivy-mantled ruin, but the rest of the building was restored about 20 years ago. The lower part of the ancient rood screen still remains, and the chancel contains a piscina and an organ.
The discharged vicarage, valued in the King's Book at £10. 2s., is consolidated with the rectory of Oxburgh. The great tithes of Foulden are in the appropriation of Gonville and Caius College, and were commuted in 1839 for £267. 19s., and the vicarial tithes for £178. 3s. 6d. per annum. Here are 110A. 2R. of glebe, and a vicarage house, occupied by the curate.
The National School, now attended by 50 children, was built in 1840, and has a yearly rent-charge of £5. left by Burnham Raymond, in 1728, for schooling 12 poor children.
At the enclosure, 322A. 37P. were left open for supplying occupiers of the ancient cottages with pasturage and fuel. For distribution among the poor, in kersey, duffel, and flannel, Foulden has every 5th year about £20, as the rent of 14A. 3R. 22P. of land at Old Buckenham, purchased with £60, left by Edmund Atmere in 1579, for the poor of this parish, and the poor of Feltwell, Northwold, Weeting, and Brandon, in rotation. About Easter, £18. 15s. are distributed among the most industrious parishioners of Foulden. It arises as follows:- £11. 7s. from 6A. left by Eliz. Long in 1662, 1A. derived from the bequests of Robert Fuller and another donor, and £7. 8s. from 7A. at Stoke Ferry, given by an unknown donor.
POST from Brandon, via Northwold.
Easter Robert Matthews parish clerk Everett John blacksmith Gray Anthony estate carpenter Hardy David shoemkr. & vict. White Hart Horrex Mrs Sarah King Charles beerhouse and bricklayer Layng Rev. Henry, M.A. curate, Vicarage Lusher Elizabeth schoolmistress Richardson Mr John FARMERS. Baker John Jarred Mrs Carter William Lusher George Dixon Robert Nelson Francis Dorman Thomas Oldfield Edmund, (owner) Hall Everett Matthew Pond Joseph Horrex Anthony SHOPKEEPERS. Carter James Howard David Ramshaw John Riches Edward
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