RUNCTON (NORTH) is a pleasant village, with several neat houses, 3 miles S.S.E. of Lynn, including in its parish 289 inhabitants, and 1,329 acres of enclosed land, of which, about 800 are in the hamlet of HARDWICK, where there are three farm-houses, and 23 inhabitants, within one mile of Lynn, belonging to Mrs. Hudson, of Tedworth Court, Surrey. Stephen Gee, Esq., of Hull, is lord of the manor of North Runcton, with Hardwick and Setch, in which the copyholders pay arbitrary fines, and about 200 acres are unenclosed.
RUNCTON HALL, a large white brick mansion, rebuilt in 1834, at the cost of nearly £5,000, is the handsome seat of Daniel Gurney, Esq.
The CHURCH, (All Saints,) is a neat cemented fabric, rebuilt, after the old one had been destroyed by the fall of the tower, in 1701. It has several inscriptions to the families of Rolle, Atwell, Hopes, and Cremer, who were formerly lords of the manor.
The rectory has annexed to it, the churchless parish of Setch, and is valued in the King's Book at £8 10s., but is now worth about £750 a year, in the patronage of Trinity College, Cambridge, and incumbency of the Rev. James Cummings, M.A., F.R.S., professor of Chemistry at Cambridge University. Here are 15A. of glebe.
The benefice was endowed in 1616, by the Rev. Thomas Hopes, with the Notley tithes, (400 acres in Middleton,) subject to the yearly payments of 20s. fee-farm rent, £3 8s. 8d. to Trinity College, for a poor scholar from the Lynn Grammar School, and several small sums for charitable uses. These tithes have been commuted for the yearly rent of £99 18s.
The Rev. T. Hopes also bequeathed the Rectory House, with an acre of land attached to it, and out of the Notley tithes he left £3 8s. 8d. for the poor of this parish; who have also land, called the Round Pightle, let for 36s.; an acre divided into 12 gardens, let for 3s. 6d. each; and four old tenements, occupied by poor families, but the donors are unknown. The Church Land, 17A. 2R. 8P. is let for £22 12s. 6d. per annum.
Allflat Edward bricklayer Bell Miss Elizabeth Bulman Mary schoolmistress Chapman William blacksmith Cooper Nicholas beer house keeper Cooper Hugh shoemaker Greenacre Robt. & Wm. cart owners Gurney Daniel, Esq. Runcton Hall Harper Wm. gardener, Hardwick Hulton Francis, Esq. Locke Rev. Charles Courtney, M.A. curate Orton Wm. National schoolmaster Secker Robert farm-steward to Mrs. Hudson, Hardwick Storey James joiner & parish clerk FARMERS. Bull Richard McPherson Donald, Hardwick Cooper Nicholas Smith George Greenacre Mrs. Wright Thomas
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