HEMPSTEAD, 2 miles S.E. of Holt, has in its parish 296 souls, and 1756A. 2R. 8P. of land, including about 100A. of woods and plantations. H. and R.H. Gurney, Esqrs., are lords of the manors of Hempstead, Netherhall, and Losehall; but a great part of the soil belongs to Lady Suffield, J.T. Mott and Wm. Bircham, Esqrs., and a few smaller owners.
The Church (All Saints,) has a brick tower, built in 1744. The living is a discharged vicarage, valued in the King's Book at £9. 6s. 8d., and augmented, in 1792, with £200 of Queen Anne's Bounty, laid out in land at Bodham, let for £28 a year. Here is 16A. of old glebe. The Rev. J.W. Methold, A.M., of Wighton, is the incumbent, and the Dean and Chapter of Norwich are patrons and appropriators of the great tithes, leased to Lady Suffield, and commuted, in 1839, for £270, and the vicarial tithes for £140 per annum. The Rev. S.C. Leake, of Holt, is the curate.
The poor receive clothing yearly from H. and R.H. Gurney, Esqrs.
Curson Henry vict., Hare and Hounds Dagless John blacksmith Langton Rev. Arthur, M.A. rector of Matlask, &c. Miller Charles gent. Money George shoemaker Pell Thomas carrier to Norwich, Friday Pointer John gamekeeper Wright Thos. vict., White Horse farmers. Bird Wm. (Hole House) Bond Jeremiah Garwood Mrs. Frances Ling Benj. (Hall) Ramm Robert Richmond John Rump Wm. Elsden
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