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Norfolk: Hilborough

William White's History, Gazetteer, and Directory of Norfolk 1883

[Transcription copyright © Pat Newby]

HILBOROUGH, or Hilburgh, is a scattered village, with a handsome hall, a good posting inn, and a large water mill, on the London road, 6 miles S. of Swaffham. It is in Swaffham union, South Greenhoe hundred and petty sessional division, Swaffham county court district, Lynn bankruptcy district, Swaffham polling district of West Norfolk, North division of Cranwich rural deanery, and Norfolk archdeaconry.

Its parish had 337 inhabitants in 1881, and comprises 3101 acres of land, all belonging to Joseph Trueman Mills, Esq., J.P. The rateable value is £2601. The Hall, a square brick mansion in a well-wooded park, on the western bank of a rivulet, was erected in 1779.

The CHURCH, dedicated to All Saints, is a neat edifice, comprising nave, aisles, south porch, chancel, vestry, and fine square tower with five bells. Over the western doorway is a curious carving, representing two figures, one in armour and the other holding a ragged staff in one hand, and a man's head in the other. The building has been recently restored and fitted with new pulpit, reading-desk, lectern, reredos, &c., of carved oak. The chancel contains a double piscina, and ancient sedilia, and several tablets of the Caldwell family.

The discharged rectory, valued in the King's Book at £13 6s. 8d., is in the patronage and incumbency of the Rev. John Burrough, M.A., who has 60 acres of glebe, a good residence, built in 1840, and a yearly rent-charge of £460, awarded in 1845 in lieu of tithes. In 1804 the living was augmented with £200 of Queen Anne's Bounty, and £200 given by the Rev. John Nelson, a late incumbent, and brother to the hero of the Nile.

On the north-west side of the village, in a grass close, are the remains of St. Margaret's Chapel, where pilgrims used to halt, on their way to Walsingham Abbey. It was a free chapel, endowed with 100 acres of land, at an early period, and was dissolved by Edward VI.

The church has £2, and the poor [£]1 17s. 6d. yearly, from land given by unknown donors. At the enclosure, in 1769, two allotments were awarded to the poor, viz., 30 acres to cut furze upon, and 6 acres for pasturage.

The NATIONAL SCHOOL is supported by Joseph Trueman Mills, Esq., J.P., and attended by 70 children.

POST OFFICE (Railway sub-office), Isaac Moore, sub-postmaster. Letters arrive at 4.30 a.m., despatched at 9.10 p.m. Mundford is the nearest Money Order Office.

	Buckle    James           farm bailiff to J.T. Mills, Hern farm
	Burrough  Rev. John, M.A. rector
	Burton    Abraham         frmr. Westgate farm
	Chapman   Mr Eli          The Mill
	Chapman   Samuel          blacksmith
	Collins   -               vict. Swan, and farmer
	Dorling   Walter          farm bailiff to J.T. Mills
	Eagle     Mrs Frances     shopkeeper
	Eldred    William         parish clerk
	Fuller    Joseph          estate carpenter to J.T. Mills
	Garrod    -               shopkeeper
	Garrod    Henry & John    farmers and thrashing machine owners
	Goddard   William         farm bailiff to J.T. Mills
	Moore     Isaac           sub-postmaster
	Norgate   Major-General   The Hall
	Stocking  William         baker
	Stocking  William, jun.   wheelwright
	Tuck      William         head gamekeeper to J.T. Mills
	Watley    Wm.             farm bailiff to J.T. Mills

See also the Hilborough parish page.

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July 2002