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Norfolk: Hempton

William White's History, Gazetteer, and Directory of Norfolk 1845

[Transcription copyright © Pat Newby]

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

See also the Hempton parish page.

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August 2008