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Norfolk: Fulmodeston with Croxton

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

[Transcription copyright © Juanita Hadwin]

FULMODESTON-WITH-CROXTON, 5 miles E. by N. of Fakenham, are united parishes, in Walsingham union, Fakenham county court district, Norwich bankruptcy district, Gallow hundred and petty sessional division, Fakenham polling district of West Norfolk, Burnham rural deanery, and Norfolk archdeaconry. It had 361 inhabitants in 1881, living on 2333 acres, and has a rateable value of £2770. Of the soil, 1330A. are arable, 628A. pasture, 280A. woodland, and 60A. whin cover.

The Earl of Leicester is lord of the manor (anciently held by the Grancourts), and owns most of the parish, including the extensive woods of Fulmodeston (214A.), filled with beautiful oak timber and some remarkably fine firs. Lord Hastings has an estate here. The Hall, formerly a seat of the Brownes, and Clipston house, within the bounds of Croxton, 1½ mile S.W. of Fulmodeston, is the pleasant residence of Mr. T.G. Watson, and commands an extensive prospect.

Fulmodeston CHURCH (St. Mary) is an ancient structure, comprising nave, chancel, and square tower with one bell; and contains some handsome monuments of the Browne family. At Croxton is a small thatched chapel, dedicated to St. John the Baptist. A new church was erected in 1881, in the centre of the parishes, for the use of Fulmodeston and Croxton, at a cost of £2000, from plans by Mr. W. Bassett-Smith, of London. It comprises nave, chancel, and south aisle, and affords accommodation for 200 persons.

The rectory, valued in the King's Book at £10, is in the gift of Corpus Christi College, Cambridge, and incumbency of the Rev. James Geo. Mould, B.D., who has a good residence, 65A. 2R. 23P. of glebe, and a yearly rent-charge of £575, awarded in lieu of tithes.

The Primitive Methodists and Baptists have each a small chapel here.

A school was erected here in 1876, for the united districts of Barney and Fulmodeston-with-Croxton, by a School Board, established in that year. The present Board consists of Rev. J.G. Mould (chairman), and Messrs. T.G. Watson, J.W. Butler, and G. Notley; Mr. S. Aberdim [sic] is the clerk.

About 600 acres were enclosed in 1808, when a fuel allottment of 29 acres was awarded to the poor, and is now let for £50 to Lord Hastings, who sub-lets it to labourers. The poor parishioners have also £47 18s. 6d. yearly, from the dividends of £1000 three per cent. consols, and £513 3s 10d. new 3½ per cents., left by Mrs. Ann Bircham in 1814.

POST OFFICE at Mr. John Emerson's. Letters arrive at 7.30 a.m., and are despatched at 5 p.m., viâ Dereham. Fakenham is the nearest Money Order Office.

	EMERSON     John                 grocer & postmaster
	GATHERCOLE  Rev. Augustus        curate, Croxton
	GENT        James                whlwright. & blacksmith
	HAWES       Thos. Henry          grcr. and draper
	HURLEY      Mark                 Board schoolmaster
	JACKSON     John Robert Hunter   farmer, The Hall
	KING        William              beerhouse
	MASSINGHAM  James                well sinker
	MIDDLETON   Jas.                 vict. Hastings Arms
	MOULD       Rev. James Geo. B.D. rector, Croxton
	NOTLEY      George               farmer
	OLLEY       George               poulterer and butcher
	PARKER      Nicholas             blcksmth; & Barney
	PLATTEN     Richard              farmer, Croxton
	RICHES      Samuel               farmer, Croxton
	RICHES      Thomas               farmer
	WAITE       John                 parish clerk
	WATSON      Thomas Garwood       farmer, Clipston house
	WEST        Jas.                 miller & frmr; & Bardney [sic]

See also the Fulmodeston with Croxton parish page.

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December 2001