MELTON (GREAT) 5½ miles W. by S. of Norwich, is a parish in Henstead union, Humbleyard hundred, Swainsthorpe petty sessional division, Norwich county court district and bankruptcy district, Wymondham polling district of South Norfolk, Humbleyard rural deanery, and Norfolk archdeaconry. It had 311 inhabitants in 1881, and comprises 2477 acres of land. Nearly all the parish is the property and manor of the Rev. H. Evans-Lombe, J.P., of Bylaugh.
Melton Hall, an ancient Elizabethan mansion, built in 1611 by one of the Anguish family, commands an extensive view, and stands in a park of 100 acres, in which are some fine chestnut trees. It is now the residence of Edward B. Mansel, Esq., J.P. On White Rail Farm is a barn, containing a loft in which one of the Anguish family was concealed during the commonwealth.
The parish had formerly two CHURCHES, in the same graveyard; but that dedicated to All Saints was dilapidated in 1714, and remained in ruins until recently, when it was restored and re-opened, St. Mary's Church, except the tower, being demolished.
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. Alfred Geo. Day, M.A., late president of Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge, who has 22 acres of glebe, a yearly tithe rent-charge of £754 19s. 3d., awarded in 1839, and a handsome brick residence in the Elizabethan style, erected in 1851 at a cost of £2000.
The NATIONAL SCHOOL, a pretty Gothic structure of flint and white brick, near the rectory, was built in 1851 by the late Charles Lombe, Esq. It is attended by about 40 children, and supported by private contribution.
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.
WALL POST OFFICE cleared at 6 p.m. week days, and 10 a.m. on Sundays. Letters viâ Wymondham, which is nearest Telegraph Office. Hethersett is nearest Money Order Office.
Bloom John Edward farmer & cattle dealer, College farm Boyce Frederick farmer, Limekiln farm Bunn - farmer Cannell James market gardener Clements Robert Croxton farmer Cross Thomas farmer Cunningham Jas. shopkeeper & carrier Day Rev. Alfred George, M.A. rector Drew Jeremiah former [sic] Fox Thomas parish clerk Hubbard William sheep clipper Large John farmer, Chapel farm Mansel Edward Berkeley Esq. J.P. The Hall Lowen Miss Emma schoolmistress Pearson George farmer, Whong farm Porrett James farmer, High house Smith Henry farmer, Church farm Wright James blacksmith, and at Colne [sic], and vict. Green Man
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