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Norfolk: Great Melton

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

[Transcription copyright © Pat Newby]

MELTON, (GREAT) 5½ miles W. by S. of Norwich, has in its parish 429 souls, and 2455 acres of land, nearly all the property of Edward Lombe, Esq., of Melton Hall, a neat mansion with a fine lawn of 100 acres, and containing a highly interesting ornithological collection, of more than 400 specimens, preserved by the celebrated Leadbeater.

The parish had formerly two Churches, in the same grave-yard; but that dedicated to All Saints, was dilapidated in the 12th of Queen Anne, though much of its ruins still remain, richly mantled with ivy. St. Mary's is in good repair, and has a square tower, built in 1440, and containing three bells.

The joint rectories, each valued in the King's Book at £6. 13s. 4d., are in the patronage of Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge, and incumbency of the Rev. Jas. Willins. The tithes were commuted in 1839, for £754. 19s. 3d. per annum.

In 1350, Henry III. granted a market and fair to his manor of Melton, but both have long been obsolete.

In 1664, Richard Snelling left a close of land, at Wramplingham, charged with the yearly payment of 15 yards of cloth, worth 2s. 6d. per yard, for the poor of Great Melton.

DIRECTORY:-

	Lombe     Edw., Esq.       Hall
	Rose      Mr. Thomas
	Willins   Rev. James       Rectory
	Barker    Geo.             farm-steward

	   farmers.

	Atmore    Wm.
	Bloom     John and Thomas
	Dodd      Edward Philip
	Howard    Matthew
	Knight    Jonth.
	Pearson   George
	Reynolds  John
	Rose      Philip

See also the Great Melton parish page.

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May 2007