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Norfolk: Lessingham

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

[Transcription copyright Peter Green]

LESSINGHAM, 8 miles E. by S. of North Walsham, and 3 miles N.N.E. of Stalham, has in its parish 241 souls and 640A. of land, mostly belonging to Mr B. Cubitt, but the manor is held by King's College, Cambridge.

The Church (All Saints,) is a rectory, valued in the King's Book at 6, and consolidated with Hempstead. The glebe here is 21A.1R.16P., and the tithes were commuted in 1841 for 240 per ann. Here was a Priory, subject to Bec abbey in Normandy, but it was suppressed in the reign of Henry VI.

The Poor's Allotment, 3A.32P., was awarded at the enclosure. In 1727, the Rev. Jonathan Chaloner left to this parish the yearly sums of 4 for schooling three children, and 4.6s. for the poor, who have also 1.7s.8d. per annum, left by John Ringer, Oliver Hartstrong, and Thos. Smith.

	Bird      Robert     gardener
	Buffham   Thomas     wheelwright
	Clements  Thomas     blacksmith
	Clements  Benjamin   shoemaker
	Drake     Charles    blacksmith
	Harris    Thomas     tailor
	Hewitt    Rev. Jno.  curate of Walcot
	Nurse     Robert     saddler
	Payne     Benjamin   vict., Star
	Postle    Wm.        tailor
	Waterson  Geo.       tailor and hatter
	Waterson  Mrs Sarah
	Wilkin    Robert     bricklayer
	Woodrow   Charles    grocer & draper

	   FARMERS.

	Frarey    Robert     (owner)
	Hewitt    Aaron
	Hewitt    Charles
	Nurse     Edmund
	Watts     Thomas
CARRIER, Edm. Press to Yarmouth.
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July 1999