FULMODESTON-WITH-CROXTON, 5 miles E. by N. of Fakenham, are scattered villages and united parishes, separate only as respects highways and church rates; and the former having 283, and the latter 75 inhabitants. They contain together 2,333A. 2R. 14P. of land, of which, 1,330 acres are arable, 628A. pasture, 280A. woodland, and 80A. whin cover.
The Earl of Leicester is lord of the manor, (anciently held by the Grancourts,) and owns about 1,500 acres of the soil, including the extensive woods of Fulmodeston, (214A.,) filled with beautiful oak timber. Lord Hastings has an estate and 60A. of plantation here. The Hall, formerly a seat of the Brownes, has lately been purchased by Mr. John Jackson, its present occupant. Clipston House, within the bounds of Croxton, 1½ mile S.W. of Fulmodeston, is the pleasant residence of W.E. Rix, Esq., commanding an extensive prospect. Near it is the farm of Lower Clipston, in Little Ryburgh parish.
Fulmodeston CHURCH (St. Mary,) is an ancient structure, with a square tower, and contains some handsome monuments of the Browne family. At Croxton is an ancient thatched chapel of ease, dedicated to St. John the Baptist. The rectory, valued in the King's Book at £10, is in the gift of Corpus Christi College, Cambridge, and incumbency of the Rev. Thomas Greene, M.A., who has a good residence, 65A. 2R. 23P. of glebe, and a yearly rent of £558, recently awarded in lieu of tithes.
About 600 acres were enclosed in 1808, when a Fuel Allotment of 28A., was awarded to the poor, and it is now let in small parcels to labourers, at rents amounting to £29 17s. per annum, which is distributed at Christmas. The poor parishioners have also £47 18s. 6d. yearly, from the dividends of £1,000 three per cent. Consols, and £513 3s. 10d. New 3½ per Cents., left by Mrs. Ann Bircham, in 1814.
This parish had 391 inhabitants in 1831; but in 1836, it sent out no fewer than 90 pauper emigrants to Canada, at the expense of £5 6s. per head.
FULMODESTON Barnes Thomas smith [see note below] Bell John smith [see note below] Colman John shopkpr. & shoemaker Doughtby John wheelwrgt. & beerhs. Elliott Robert parish clerk Farrow Robert millwright and vict., Browne's Arms Guymer Robert gamekpr., Severals Jackson Isaac farmer & tax collector Jackson John farmer, Hall Kendle Lewis carpenter, &c. Massingham Edmund well sinker Pettingale George farmer, Manor Hs. Riches Thomas farmer and carrier Seppings John butcher CROXTON Adams William corn miller Buck Rev. John Croxton Cottage Greene Rev. Thomas, M.A. Rectory FARMERS. Applegate Francis Blade John Kendle John Riches Robert Rix Wm. Emerson gent., Clipston Russell Benjamin
Note: in the original this is:
Bell John, & Barnes Thomas, smiths
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