Thomas L. Hare, Esq., is chief owner of the soil, and lord of the manor; and the rest belongs to Sir A. T. Bagge, Bart., The Rev. S. Allen, D.D., and a few smaller owners. About a mile N. of the village is the small manor of Fodderston, or Foston Gap, anciently a separate parish belonging to the Abbot of Ely, but now belonging to T. L. Hare, Esq., who is also impropriator of the tithes.
The appearance of the village has been much improved during the last few years by the erection of handsome cottages in the place of several old ones which have been pulled down.
The CHURCH (Virgin Mary) consists of nave, chancel, and bell turret at the west end, containing two bells; the entrance is at the west end, under a fine Norman arch. It was mostly rebuilt about twenty-six years ago, at the expense of the late Sir Thomas Hare. The seats are neat open benches of oak, and the floor is paved with tiles. The tower fell down in 1724. The living is in the gift of T. L. Hare, Esq., and is a vicarage annexed to Shouldham.
The Fuel Allotment, 60 acres, was awarded in 1794, and is let for £30. The rent of 6 acres is applied towards the repair of the highways.
Here are chapels belonging to the Wesleyans and Primitives, both erected in 1849.
WALL LETTER BOX cleared at 5:40 p.m. week days and 10 a.m. Sundays, via Downham, which is the nearest Telegraph Office. Fincham is the nearest Money Order Office. Downham and Magdalen Road are the nearest railway stations.
Bowen George bootmaker Brackenbury W.T. farmer, Hall farm Carter Robert farmer and butcher Carter Mrs Sarah Cork William bootmaker Creed Alfred victualler, Foldgate Inn, and bootmaker Dane Saml. shopkeeper and bricklayer Easter Thomas farmer and cattle dlr Flatt Wm. Hy. Townley vict. Two Brewers, blacksmith, builder, wheelwright, farmer, and tax collector, Foston gap Gamble John farmer and landowner, Manor farm Goss Jonathan Banks farmer Prestwood Lancaster George farm bailiff Muffett Miss Maria poultry dealer Pilgrim Maurice carrier Pollard Jas. corn miller & corn merchant, Foston gap, & (h) Wisbech Pollard William corn miller's manager, The Mill Watson James beerhouse & shpkeepr
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