FRANSHAM (LITTLE), a small village, on the Norwich and Lynn road, 6 miles E. by N. of Swaffham, and west of East Dereham, is in Mitford and Launditch union, East Dereham county court district, Norwich bankruptcy district, Launditch hundred and petty sessional division, Swaffham polling district of West Norfolk, Brisley rural deanery, and Norwich archdeaconry. It had 233 inhabitants in 1881, living on 1005 acres, and has a rateable value of £1948.
The parish is in the two manors of Barns-on-the-Moor, and Sparham and Wilcox; the former held by William Butcher, Esq., and the latter by Charles Henry Capon, Esq., besides whom James Griggs, Esq., Mr. John Rix, Mr. Harry Wilson Benson, and some smaller owners, have land here. The Old Hall has a room, in which it is said Queen Elizabeth slept one night, on her tour through Norfolk; and near it are some foundations of Roman brickwork.
The CHURCH (St. Mary) is an ancient structure, originally in the Early English style, consisting of nave, chancel, and south porch, but having no tower. It contains several mural tablets, a piscina, and a curious antique font. The discharged rectory, valued in the King's Book at £6 8s. 4d., is in the patronage of Hertford College, Oxford, and incumbency of the Rev. Augustus Wenman Langton, M.A., who has 38 acres of glebe, a yearly tithe rent charge of £314, and a spacious residence with pleasant grounds.
The School is attended by 48 children, and was built in 1843 by the rector, and is supported by a voluntary rate.
The fuel allotment, awarded in 1807, is 11A. 2R., is let for £21.
POST and MONEY ORDER OFFICE and SAVINGS BANK at Mr. John Lovett's. Letters through East Dereham per foot post arrive at 8.30 a.m., despatched at 4.45p.m. No Sunday despatch.
Bartlett Rev. Thomas Willis curate, Merton [house] Blackburn Robert police officer Catton Robert farmer Griggs Jas. farmer and landowner, The Old Hall; and at Leicester square, South Creek Griggs Mrs Jane The Old Hall Howard George vict. Crown Howard John fish hawker Langton Rev. A. Wenman, M.A. rector, The Rectory Lovett Miss Annie Natl. schoolmistress Lovett John grocer, draper, wheelwright, postmaster, overseer, assessor and collector of taxes, surveyor of highways, clerk and attendance officer to the Beeston School Board, and Poor's Rate collector for Lit. Fransham and Gt. Dunham; Post, Money Order, & Savings Bank Mace James blacksmith Norman Comfit farmer Parker Mrs Susannah farmer Powley Isaac coal dealer Robotham James farmer
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