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Norfolk: Foxley

William White's History, Gazetteer, and Directory of Norfolk 1883

[Transcription copyright © Ann Duncan]

FOXLEY is a pleasant village, 3 miles E. of North Elmham, and 5 miles W. of Reepham, and its parish is in Mitford union, East Dereham county court district, Norwich bankruptcy district, Eynsford petty sessional division, Eynsford hundred, Reepham polling district of North Norfolk, Sparham rural deanery, and Norwich archdeaconry. It had 220 inhabitants in 1881, living on 1620 acres, and has a rateable value of £2130. Most of the parish is the property of the Rev. Henry Evans Lombe, J.P., of Bylaugh, but about 300A. forms part of the Earl of Leicester's Beck hall estate, and there are a few smaller proprietors.

The CHURCH (St. Thomas) comprises nave, chancel, porch, and fine square tower with six bells, and is of Perdendicular architecture, except the chancel, which is early English. The rectory, valued in the King's Book at £6 13s. 4d., has 21A. 1R. 26P. of glebe, and a yearly rent-charge of £410, awarded in lieu of tithes. The Rev. H.E. Lombe, the lord of the manor, is patron, and the Rev. Louis Augustus Norgate, B.A., is the incumbent. There is a commodious Rectory house, erected in 1842.

At the enclosure, in 1814, two acres were set aside as a clay-pit for the parishioners.

The Primitive Methodists have a small chapel in the parish.

The children of the parish attend the united district school at Bawdeswell (a mile distant), and participate in the benefit of the Leeds charity (see Bawdeswell [This was an endowment for the education of 12 poor children, left by John Leeds in 1728]).

LETTER-BOX cleared at 5 p.m. Post viâ Norwich. Foulsham is the nearest Money Order Office.

	Brown      Robert           parish clerk
	Burrows    Daniel           tea dealer, &c
	Chaplin    Ziba             bootmaker
	Hilton     William          miller and farmer
	Howell     Henry            farmer
	Howell     John             farmer
	Martin     Thomas           higgler
	Mays       William          farmer
	Meale      Jeremiah         grocer, draper, and provision dealer
	Norgate    Rev. Louis       rector, and vicar of Bylaugh, and
	             Augustus, B.A.   rural dean of Sparham, and hon.
	                              canon of Norwich, Rectory
	Purdy      Henry            wheelwright, farmer, and victualler,
	Robinson   John             farmer and machine owner
	Scott      William          bootmaker
	Stebbons   Heber            farm bailiff
	Tann       Isaac John       farmer
	Williamson John             higgler
	Wright     Edward           frmr.; Bawdeswell
	Wright     Henry            blacksmith and vict. Hare and Hounds
	Yarham     Robt.            carpenter & whlwright

CARRIERS pass through to Norwich, Mon. Tues. Wed. and Sat.

See also the Foxley parish page.

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November 2001