FRENGE, or Fring, is a parish, with a small village, seated in a deep valley with woody acclivities, between Snettisham and Docking, 14 miles N.E. by N. of Lynn. It is in Smithdon hundred, Docking union, Smithdon and Brothercross petty sessional division, Fakenham county court district, King's Lynn bankruptcy district, Docking polling district of West Norfolk, Heacham rural deanery, and Norfolk archdeaconry. It had 185 inhabitants in 1881, living on 1710 acres of land, and its rateable value is £2056 15s.
The Peddars (or Pedlar's Way) passes through this parish, belonging to Richard Dusgate Dusgate, Esq., the lord of the manor. The Hall, a good brick mansion, with extensive gardens and pleasure grounds, upon a commanding eminence, is occupied by Mrs. Louisa Dickson Bushby.
The CHURCH (All Saints) stands on the western acclivity, and has nave, chancel, south porch, and square tower with one bell. It is in the Decorated style, but the interior is very plain and filled with high pews. Near the chancel arch is a niche for a saint and some partially obliterated mural paintings. Part of the rood staircase remains, and in the chancel are sedilia and a piscina.
The tithes, which have been commuted for £402, and the glebe, 48A. 1R., were transferred by the Dean and Chapter of Norwich to the Ecclesiastical Commissioners, having been granted by Bishop Herbert, in 1001, to the monks of Norwich priory, who had a cell here, of which the foundations may still be traced. This appropriation was confirmed by Bishop Bateman, on condition that the profits should be applied to find the monks shoes.
The perpetual curacy, now valued at £103, was augmented from 1790 to 1816 with £700 of royal bounty, and in the latter year with £200, given by the late Rev. R. Bacon, LL.D. Of these augmentations, £400 are invested in land, and £500 in the funds. The Rev. Thomas Tweedale, M.A., is the incumbent, who resides at Shernbourne, with which vicarage it was consolidated in 1872.
A handsome school was erected in 1875 by Mrs. A.M. Locke, at a cost of £800, which is attended by 30 children.
LETTERS received through Lynn viâ Docking. The nearest Money Order and Telegraph Office is at Docking. Pillar letter-box cleared at 4.30 p.m. on week days only.
BUSHBY Mrs Louisa Dickson The Hall JARVIS Miss Susannah schoolmistress KEMP Benjamin parish clerk KEMP Charles shopkeeper & carrier PAGE Charles William farmer PAGE Mr Philip Samuel PAYNE Samuel farm bailiff WATERS William farmer and butcher at Snettisham and Hunstanton WICKS Richd. beerhouse & shopkeeperCARRIER -- Chas. Kemp to Lynn, Tues.
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