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Norfolk: Houghton St Giles

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

[Transcription copyright © Paul Beesley]

HOUGHTON-IN-THE-DALE, or Houghton St. Giles, is a parish and small village, 1 mile S.S.W. of Walsingham, and 4 miles N.N.E. of Fakenham, containing 242 inhabitants, and about 1,000 acres of land, belonging to the Rev. D.H. Lee-Warner, the lord of the manor, impropriator, and patron of the CHURCH, (St. Giles,) which is a single pile, with a tower and three bells.

The vicarage, valued in the King's Book at £8, and in 1831 at £149, was augmented with £400 of Queen Anne's Bounty, in 1755 and 1787, vested in 16A. of land, at Fulmodeston. The old glebe is 4A., but the parsonage is divided into cottages. The Rev. John Drake Crofts, M.A., of Walsingham, is the present vicar.

On the west side of the dale is a small ancient chapel, converted into a barn, and supposed to have been an appendage to Walsingham abbey.

The rent of 3 acres of land, allotted at the enclosure, is applied in repairing the highways, except the distribution of two loads of coals among the poor.

Directory:-

	Brown     Wm.        farmer
	Butler    Robt.      farmer
	Clarke    Matthew    blacksmith
	Ebdill    Jas.       farmer
	Frowhawk  Fras.      farm steward
	Frowhawk  Nicholas   farmer
	Haws      Jonathan   vict., Buck
	Smith     Samuel     shopkpr.
	Twiddy    Chas.      shoemaker

See also the Houghton St Giles parish page.

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September 1999