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Norfolk: Little Melton

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

[Transcription copyright © Juanita Hadwin and Pat Newby]

MELTON (LITTLE) is a parish lying east of the above [ie of Great Melton], 4½ miles W. by S. of Norwich, in Henstead union, Humbleyard hundred, Swainsthorpe petty sessional division, Norwich county court district, Norwich bankruptcy district, Norwich polling district of South Norfolk, Humbleyard rural deanery, and Norfolk archdeaconry. It had 357 inhabitants in 1881, and comprises 666 acres of land, mostly belonging to F.B. Frank, Esq., the lord of the manor, the Rev. Henry E. Lombe, M.A., Colonel Norgate's executors, and the Boys' and Girls' Hospital, Norwich.

The CHURCH (All Saints) is a small thatched fabric, of Perpendicular architecture, and comprises nave with aisles, chancel, and short square tower with three bells. It was repaired, and had a handsome new west window inserted about forty years ago, principally at the cost of the vicar. The chancel contains a double piscina and two sedilia, and in the north aisle is another piscina. Here are also two handsome marble tablets of the Skottowe and Johnson families, and a carved chancel screen.

The north aisle was repewed in 1868, when the windows of the entire church were restored and reglazed. In 1877 the roof of both nave and chancel was thoroughly restored after the original design, and the floor of the chancel, which was of common brick, was taken up and replaced with Staffordshire tiles, the cost of the latter being defrayed by Emmanuel College.

The tithes were commuted in 1835, the rectorial for £181 14s. 3d., and the vicarial for £98 per annum. The great tithes and 19 acres of rectorial glebe belong to Emmanuel College, Cambridge, together with the patronage of the vicarage, valued in the King's Book at £5 6s. 8d., and now in the incumbency of the Rev. J.C. Barkley, M.A. It was augmented in 1776 with £200 of Queen Anne's Bounty, and has 12 acres of glebe.

A BOARD SCHOOL was built in 1874, at a cost of £850, for the parishes of Little Melton and Colney, and has an average attendance of 75 mixed scholars. The present Board consists of Rev. J.H. Payne (chairman), and Messrs. John Utting, Henry Lack, Samuel Barrell, and Henry Whittaker; the chairman also acts as honorary clerk.

The poor's land, awarded by a decree of Chancery, in 1619, and at the enclosure, in 1817, was partly exchanged in 1820, and now consists of 7A. 3R., let for £15. Two poor widows ought to have 40s. a year, left by Sarah Johnson, in 1740, out of land at Brooke, but this has not been paid for the last 36 years.

WALL POST OFFICE, by Rose and Crown Inn, cleared at 6.15 p.m., week days only. Letters viâ Wymondham. Hethersett is nearest Money Order, and Norwich nearest Telegraph Office.

	ANDREWS    John             market gardener
	AVES       John             sheep dresser
	BACON      John             market gardener
	BLAKE      Benjamin         shopkeeper
	BARKLEY    Rev. John
	             Charles, M.A.  vicar
	BARRELL    Samuel           miller and farmer
	BOUGHEY    Miss Alice Maud  schlmstrss
	CARTER     Joseph           farmer
	GIRLING    Miss Mary
	             Elizabeth
	HILL       George           shopkeeper
	HILL       Richard          market gardener
	HIPPERSON  Charles          farmer
	HIPPERSON  Henry            builder, contractor and farmer
	HOLMES     Mr Robert        Hill house
	LACK       Henry            farmer, Church farm
	MEAD       John             tailor
	PEARCE     James            parish clerk
	REYNOLDS   Joshua           vict. Rose & Crown
	SHARP      Mr Charles
	SPARKS     Watson           market gardener
	SPARROW    James            farmer and thrashing machine propr.;
	                              and (h) Bawburgh
	UTTING     John             farmer, Manor farm
CARRIER -- Cunningham, from Great Melton to Norwich, passes through on Wed. and Sat.
See also the Little Melton parish page.

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May 2007