HEVINGHAM is a considerable village and parish, three miles S. of Aylsham, and nine miles N. by W. of Norwich, having 893 inhabitants, and 2855 acres of land, belonging mostly to Robert Marsham, and Wm. Repton, Esqrs., the former of whom is lord of the manor of Hevingham and Cats-cum-Cricketots, and the latter is lord of Hevingham-with-the-members-of-Marsham, which was anciently held by the Bishops of Norwich; one of whom, Walter de Suffield, built a palace or country seat here, in 1250, and had license for free-warren in all his demesnes.
The Church (St. Botolph,) has a nave, chancel, tower, south transept, and a handsome porch. It has inscriptions to the families of Hobart, Thetford, Deynes, Leigh, Scambler, &c., and a curious sexagon font, with mutilated figures under florid Gothic arches.
The rectory, valued in the King's Book at £10. 16s., has 39 acres of glebe, and a neat residence; and the tithes were commuted in 1841, for £550 per annum. The Rev. W.J. Carver is patron, and the Rev. E.R. Beevor incumbent.
The Wesleyans have a small chapel, erected in 1832.
The Free School, for ten poor children, with the master's house, was built by John Hall, who endowed it in 1726, with 5A. 3R. 2P. of land, (now worth about £8 a year), and the interest of £50, now vested in £73. 15s. 4d. three per cent. Consols.
The Poor's Land, purchased with £100 left by Thos. Bulwer, in 1693, comprises seven acres in Aylsham, let for £8 a year. In 1806, some timber was cut on this land, and the produce was laid out in the purchase of £54. 14s. 3d. three per cent. Consols. The Poor's Allotment, 159A. 18P., awarded at the enclosure, in 1801, is used for the purpose of cutting fuel thereon. The poor have an annuity of 10s. 6d., left by an unknown donor, and they have a double cottage, left by Jas. Scambler, but it was sold by the overseers for £50, in 1803.
Abbs Wm. baker and shopkeeper Beevor Rev Edw. Rigby Rectory Crane Wm. blacksmith Fox Jerh. blksmith Fox John wheelgt. Fox Wm. pork butcher Hardiman Robert butcher Hill John shopkeeper Knights Jonathan corn miller Marsham Chas. W. Esq. Ripon Hall Mitchell E. wheelwright Pye Jeremiah vict. Fox Smith Sarah vict. Marsham Arms Sparkes James blacksmith Willimott Wm. beerhouse Woolsey Henry schoolmaster Shoemakers. Dack John Gray Dennis Newton Edwd. Post office FARMERS. Bond Benjamin Bowman Benj. Bowman Robert Brooks Benjamin Burton Benjamin Case Hy. Thos. Case Wm. Cubitt John Fish Jeremiah Green John Ives Thomas Medler Charles Pratt Wm. Sutton RichardPOST-OFFICE at E. Newton's, Mail to Cromer, 8½ mng., & to Norwich, 5 evening.
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