HICKLING, a scattered village and parish, 18 miles N.E. by E. of Norwich, and 4 miles E.S.E. of Stalham, has 860 souls and 4334 acres of land, of which nearly 2000 are marshes. About 1¼ miles S. of the Church, is Hickling Broad, an extensive lake, upwards of three miles in circumference, and navigable for small craft to the Thurne and the Bure.
Nathl. Micklethwait, Esq., is the principal landowner, and lord of the manor, for which he holds a court in November. Some of the copyholds are on fine certain, and others arbitrary. He is also impropriator of the rectorial tithes, and patron of the vicarage, which is valued in the King's Book at £5.3s.4d., and from 1782 to 1784 was augmented with £400 of Queen Anne's Bounty, and £200 given by John Micklethwait, Esq., and the Rev. John Wells, all laid out in 17 acres of marsh land, at Acle.
The Rev. C.F. Millard, A.B., of Norwich, is the incumbent. The rectorial tithes have been commuted for £814, and the vicarial for £344 per annum. The Church (St. Mary,) is a handsome Gothic structure, with a tower and five bells; and about half a mile to the north, in the outbuildings of a farm-house, are the remains of the Priory, which was founded in 1185, by Theobold de Valoins, for canons of the order of St. Austin, and granted at the dissolution to Sir. W. Woodhouse. The last remaining window of the priory was taken down in 1825, and forms a porch to the farm-house, now occupied by labourers.
Hickling had anciently a market, and has now a holiday fair, on April 23rd. In the parish are a Wesleyan and two Primitive Methodist chapels.
In 1682, James Scamler left the yearly sums of 10s to the poor, 2s to the parish clerk, and £2.2s. to the vicar for a sermon. The Poor's Allotments, awarded at the enclosure, in 1805, comprise 83A.2R.30P., now let for £64 a year, which, after the payment of the drainage rate, &c., is distributed in coals, together with the interest of £106, which arose from the sale of two poor-houses, in 1811. The rent of five roods of land, called the Widow's Acre, (£4,) is distributed amongst poor widows. In 1803, the Rev. John Wells left £250, four per cent. Consols, for the education of poor children, for the dividends of which ten free scholars are instructed.
In the following DIRECTORY, those marked 1, are at Eastfield; 2, Green; 3, Heath; 4, Hickling; 5, Stubb; and 6, Winmore Hall.
4 Applegate John Natl. Schl.'master 2 Bates Bj. joiner & vict. Greyhound 4 Burton Juby shopkeeper 4 Burton Mary vict. Bull 2 Cannell Thomas tailor 5 Frankling Dionesius wheelwright 2 Garret Israel Ryal corn miller 4 Harbord Robt. schoolmaster 4 Kennell John tailor 2 Kidd Rev John, M.A. curate 3 Mack Miss Sarah 3 Minner Edward farm steward 4 Neale Jas. shopkr. & coal dealer 4 Neave Jacob blacksmith 4 Pilgrim Wm. blacksmith 2 Steward Joshua vict. White Horse FARMERS. (*are Owners) 5*Barber Jonth. 3 Gibbs Pp. jun. 2 Beaumont Abm. 3*Mack Edward 3 Bell Ann 3 Money Wm. 3 Bishop Mrs 2 Myhill John Borrett Jno. Hall 1 Neale Wm. 5*Brackenbury William 2*Newman Sml. 4 Clipperton Jno. Newman S. jun. 5 Derry Thos. 3 Nudd Robort (sic) 5 Durrant Wm. 5*Plummer Chs. George Daniel 6 Slipper Benj. 4 Gibbs Geo. Skipper John 2 Gibbs Philip Shoemakers. 2 Gaze John 4 Gibbs Samuel 2 Trory Wm. Turner Benj.CARRIER.
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