HEMPTON, a small parish and scattered village, half a mile S. of Fakenham, (being on the opposite side of the river Wensum,) has 447 inhabitants, and only 370 acres of enclosed land, and 68 acres of common, mostly the property of Lord Charles Townshend, the impropriator, and lord of the manor.
The CHURCH (St. Andrew,) was standing in the 12th of Henry VII., but it was taken down several centuries ago, and the curacy annexed to Fakenham.
Two large cattle fairs are held here on Whit Tuesday and Nov. 22nd.
Hempton Priory, which stood on the Abbey farm, was founded in the reign of Henry I., for Augustine canons, to whom King John granted a fair; and in the 14th of Edward I. the prior claimed a market on Tuesday, but the latter has long been obsolete, and no vestiges of the priory now remain. In a tumulus on the adjoining heath, an urn was dug up many years ago.
The poor have a cottage and 4A. 2R. 12P. of land.
Allen Henry farmer, Manor House Barber Robert land agent Fuller Thomas machine maker Gates George shoemaker Grange George machine maker Henley Cornelius, Esq. The Grove Hennent John corn miller Huggins Charles blacksmith Lane Frances victualler, King's Head Leverington James baker & shopr. Loads Edmund cooper Lovewell Thomas farmer, Grove Lynn Robert grocer and draper Mann Robert victualler, Bell Norman Wm. bricklyr. & vict., Buck Rumble John baker Salmon Richard corn miller Wright Thomas shoemaker
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