SHELFANGER, 2½ miles N. of Diss, is a parish in Guiltcross union, Diss hundred, petty sessional division, and county court district, Ipswich bankruptcy district, Diss polling district of South Norfolk, Redenhall rural deanery, and Norfolk archdeaconry. It had 341 inhabitants in 1881, living on 1681 acres, and has a rateable value of £2561 10s. The Duke of Norfolk owns part of the soil, and is lord of the manor, in which the fines are arbitrary; but Robert Ellis, R. Kershaw, and William Holmes, Esqs., have estates here.
The CHURCH (All Saints) is of the Late-Decorated period. It comprises nave, chancel, and square tower with five bells, and was completely restored in 1866. The rectory, valued in the King's Book at £17, is in the patronage of Albert Smith, Esq., of Sheffield, and in the incumbency of his son, the Rev. Clement Ogle Blakelock, M.A., who has 35A. 0R. 12P. of glebe, and a yearly tithe rent-charge of £555. The Rev. T.B. Morris, who died in 1863, was rector of this parish for the long period of 60 years.
The School, a handsome building erected by the patron in 1864, is attended by about 40 children. A residence for the mistress is provided.
The Baptists and the Wesleyans have each a chapel here.
The Poor's Land, 3 acres, let for £12, 4 acres, let for £16 5s., and 3 acres, let for £7, left by Roger Dade, in 1684, and Sarah Franklin, in 1703. The rent is distributed in bread and money.
A natural mineral spring was discovered a few years ago by Mr. A.C. Farrington, the water of which contains magnesia and iron. Among other objects of interest in the neighbourhood are the remains of some old mineral baths, supposed to have been built in the reign of Edward I.
POST OFFICE at Mr. George Youell's. Letters from Diss arrive at 7.40 a.m., despatched at 5.40 p.m.; Sundays, 11.40 a.m.
Anness William Rutland grocer, drpr. and farmer, Westhall Baker Edward farmer Banham James bricklayer Barker - farm steward to Duke of Norfolk Bean Jas. fowl dlr. & vict. Cross Keys Betts William dealer, Tonbridge villa Blakelock Rev. Clement Ogle, M.A. rector Chaplin Edward carpenter and joiner Chapman Thos. frmr. Shelfanger hall Clarke James shopkpr. & blacksmith Cobb Stimson shoemaker Ellis Robert farmer, The Lodge Elsey Philip farmer, Church farm Farrington Anthony Charles, Esq., M.R.C.S., L.R.C.P. Spa house Fisher Joseph King vict. Crown Huggins Charles farmer Kershaw Richard farmer Layn John wheelwright Pearce Arthur carpenter Porcher Harvey shoemaker Scarfe Edgar farmer Shulver Exors. of the late Jas. farmers Spurdens Robert farmer Wright Samuel shoemaker Welton W. parish clerk Youells George tailor
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