SCULTHORPE is a large scattered village and parish, 2 miles N.W. of Fakenham, in the western division of the county, Gallow hundred and petty sessional division, Walsingham union and county court district, Norwich bankruptcy district, Fakenham polling district of West Norfolk, Burnham rural deanery, and Norfolk archdeaconry. It had 574 inhabitants in 1881, living on 2055 acres, and has a rateable value of £3779.
The parish for the most part belongs to Sir Willoughby Jones, Bart., lord of the manor, who resides at Cranmer Hall, a large red-brick mansion in a well-wooded park. Lord Hastings, J.S. Scott Chad, Esq., and others, own land here.
The CHURCH (St. Mary and All Saints) was built by St. Robert Knollys in the reign of Edward III., and has a remarkably well-proportioned tower of a still earlier date. The chancel, which had long been in ruins, was rebuilt in 1847 by the lord of the manor, as a memorial of his brother, the late Sir Laurence Jones, Bart., who was murdered by brigands in Turkey, in 1845, and whose remains were buried beneath it. The rest of the church was restored and enlarged and rebuilt in 1861 at the joint expense of the lord of the manor and the rector. It contains a very fine font of the Early-Norman period, several ancient brasses, and some beautiful stained glass.
The rectory, valued in the King's Book at £16, is in the patronage of Sir Willoughby Jones, Bart., and incumbency of the Rev. Herbert Walsingham Jones, M.A., J.P., Hon. Canon of Norwich Cathedral, who has a good residence, 71A. 21P. of glebe, and a yearly tithe rent-charge of £550, awarded in 1831.
Here is a NATIONAL and INFANTS' SCHOOL, the former erected in 1840, attended by 100 children.
The Fuel Allotment, 30 acres, was awarded to the poor at the enclosure in 1830. Here is also an almshouse for four poor widows, erected in 1859 by Lady Jones, on the site of two cottages, which, with 5 acres of land, were left by Francis Barkham, in 1687, for the poor of the parish.
The Baptists and Primitive Methodists have places of worship here.
POST from Fakenham. Post Office at Mrs. Mary Warner's. Pillar Letter-Box, cleared at 5.45 p.m.
ALDHAM Alfred beerhouse BARNES Thomas beerhouse BIRD Edward blacksmith BLACKETT James engineer, iron & brass founder, agricultural implement manufacturer, waggon builder and wheelwright. Eagle Iron Works BONE William bootmaker CHALKER Alfred parish clk. & schlmstr ELLISON John baker GARROD Wm. farmer, Sculthorpe lodge GIBBON Thomas bootmaker GREEN William Bishop farmer HARRIS Richard farmer HORSLEY Charles miller and farmer, and Fakenham JONES Rev. Herbert Walsingham, M.A. J.P. Hon. Can. of Norwich, Rectory JONES Sir Willoughby, Bart., J.P. D.L. Cranmer hall OLLEY Frederick farm bailiff OWEN James farmer SEWTER William Park grocer STARKE Ezekiel beerhouse TUCK Robert baker and grocer WARNER Miss Alice infant schlmstrss WARNER Mrs Mary grocer and postmistress WOODHOUSE Robert coal dealer
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