FRANSHAM, (LITTLE) a small village, on the Norwich and Lynn road, 6 miles E. by N. of Swaffham, and west of East Dereham, has in its parish 263 souls, and 1,031 acres of land, in the two manors of Barnes-on-the-Moor, and Sparham and Wilcox; the former, held by the Earl of Essex, and the latter by Mrs. Alpe; but part of the soil belongs to Money Griggs, Esq., and a few smaller owners. The old hall has a room, in which it is said Queen Elizabeth slept one night, in her tour through Norfolk, and near it are some foundations of Roman brick-work.
The Church (St. Mary,) is an ancient fabric without a steeple, containing a curious font, a piscina, and several memorials of the Alpe and other families. The living is a discharged rectory, valued in the King's Book at £6. 8s. 4d., and now having 38A. of glebe, and a yearly rent of £314, awarded in 1838, in lieu of tithes. The Rev. A.W. Langton, A.M., is patron and incumbent.
The Fuel Allotment, awarded in 1807, is 11A. 2R., let for £16.
Langton Rev. Augustus Rectory Wenman, A.M. Carter Rose shopkeeper Lovitt Richd. wheelwright Mace Thos. blacksmith Powley Abraham vict., Crown Inn Perry Wm. shoemaker Seaman Robert farm steward, Hall farmers Buscall John Doy Thos. Powley Peter (owner) Spencer Wm. Ward David
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