MORNINGTHORPE, or Mourningthorpe, 11 miles S. of Norwich, and 8 miles N. by W. of Harleston, has in its parish 192 souls, and 921A. of land. The soil is held by several owners, some of whom have neat houses here.
The Rev. Thos. Howes is lord of the manor of Morningthorpe, and Wm. F. Irby, Esq., is lord of Boyland manor, which extends into this and several other parishes, and resides at BOYLAND HALL, a large and handsome Elizabethan mansion, with pleasant grounds, in a picturesque valley, 1 mile N. of Morningthorpe.
This mansion was built in 1571, and was thoroughly repaired in 1804, by its late owner, the Hon. Admiral F. P. Irby, (died 1844,) who collected on the coast of Africa, a large quantity of cowrie shells, with which he studded the interior of an alcove, in a shrubbery, near the hall, which has over its entrance porch, a fine bust of Queen Elizabeth, removed from a niche, at the demolition of Tilbury House. It has recently been much improved and enlarged.
The Church (St. John the Baptist,) has a round tower, and the living is a discharged rectory, valued in the King's Book at £7, and now having 7A. of glebe, and a yearly rent of £300, in lieu of tithes. The patronage is in the Crown, and the Rev. C.N. Wodehouse is the incumbent, and has lately erected a new Rectory House.
The Rev. Thos. Howes, a former rector, who died in 1814, aged 86, was a learned divine and author of "Critical Observations on Books Ancient and Modern," in 4 vols. 8vo.
The Town Lands, 14A. 1R., are let for about £30 a year, which is applied with the church rates. The sum of £16 left by John Ward, to provide fuel for two poor families, was laid out in 1646, in the purchase of 1½A. of land, at Stratton St. Michael.
Biggs Rev. Wm., M.A. vicar of Tharston Burroughes Rev. Walter Goldsworth Alfred cider and brick maker Howes Rev. Thos. rector of Fritton, &c. Irby Wm. F., Esq. Boyland Hall Rouse Samuel blacksmith Simpson Martha National School Wicks John wheelwright Wodehouse Rev.Charles Nourse rectory farmers. Claxton Richard Cole James Fryer John Thomas (owner) Goldsworth Alfred Harvey Charles Mear James Meek Jno.
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