PICKENHAM (NORTH), a parish and village, in the vale of a rivulet, 3 miles S.E. of Swaffham, in Swaffham union and county court district, South Greenhoe hundred and petty sessional division, King's Lynn bankruptcy district, Swaffham polling district of West Norfolk, North Cranwich rural deanery, and Norfolk archdeaconry. It had 246 inhabitants in 1881, living on 1576 acres, and had a rateable value of £1950. The soil is mostly the property of E.A. Applewhaite, Esq., lord of the manor; Edmund Farrer, Esq., patron of the living; and the Rev. William Ewing, M.A., rector.
The CHURCH (St. Andrew), which formerly had a chapel and hermitage dedicated to St. Paul, was, with the exception of the north chapel, porch, and tower, rebuilt in 1864, at an outlay of £2400. The new part is in the Decorated style, and comprises chancel, nave, and south aisle. The chancel is paved with encaustic tiles, those within the rails being glazed. The communion table, the chancel stalls, and the pulpit are all of oak, and the east window is filled with stained glass.
The discharged rectory, valued in the King's Book at £5 4s. 2d., is consolidated with that of Houghton-on-the-Hill. The glebe is about 110 acres, and the tithes of the two parishes were commuted in 1839 for £499 a year.
The Rectory House was enlarged in 1876 by the rector, who also built a neat brick school, with residence attached, in 1855. The Fuel Allotment, 10A. 1R. 3P., was awarded in 1807, and is let for £25.
POST LETTERS from Swaffham, which is the nearest Money Order Office, arrive at 7 a.m. Pillar Box cleared at 5.55 p.m. No Sunday post.
Bell Robt. farm steward to E. Farrer Bower Rev. Matthew, M.A. curate Bowers George shopkeeper Coker James farmer & cattle dealer, Meadow farm; h Necton Cooke Miss Emma schoolmistress Ewing Rev. Wm. M.A. rector, Rectory Johnson Thomas shoemaker Neave John carpenter Neave Thomas beerhouse Neave Thomas, jun. parish clerk Payne Wm. blksmith.; h Holme Hale Porter William shopkeeper Sewell John farmer, The Manor farm Woods William vict. Blue Lion
In Directory, insert
'Simcox -, farm steward,'
and 'Stratton F. Glebe farm; h Swaffham.'
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