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Norfolk: Little Snoring

William White's History, Gazetteer, and Directory of Norfolk 1883

[Transcription copyright © Pat Newby]

SNORING (LITTLE) is a village and parish, 3 miles E.N.E. of Fakenham, in Walsingham union, Fakenham county court district, Norwich bankruptcy district, Gallow petty sessional division, Fakenham polling district of West Norfolk, Gallow hundred, Burnham rural deanery, and Norfolk archdeaconry. It had 276 inhabitants in 1881, living on 1524 acres, and has a rateable value of £2127. Lord Hastings is the lord of the manor and chief owner of the soil.

The CHURCH (St. Andrew) is a very singular and interesting little fabric, comprising nave, chancel, south porch, and round tower. The latter contains one bell, and is detached about five feet from the church, on the south side of the west end. It has small windows with trefoil heads; and its eastern side is flat in the lower part, and has a large round-headed recessed arch with plain Norman imposts, which has evidently been the tower arch of a previous church. The chancel is transitional-Norman, and has two lancet windows at the east end, and a blocked-up Norman doorway on the north side. The nave has two small Norman windows near the west end, but the west window is Decorated, and the other windows are late and modernised. It has two Norman doorways; that on the south side is of a curious transitional-Norman character, having a stilted horse-shoe arch, under which is a pointed one, ornamented with zigzags, and under this again the round arch of the door with shafts in the jambs, having sculptured capitals. The south porch is Decorated. In the south wall long-and-short work is introduced to strengthen the flint work, and the lancet windows at the east end have similiar work in their jambs. The font is late Norman, enriched with sculptured foliage. The whole church was restored in 1881.

Lord Hastings is patron of the rectory, which is valued in the King's Book at £12, and consolidated with East Barsham. (See p.140.) Here are 59A. 3R. of glebe.

The SCHOOL was erected in 1865 by the lord of the manor.

The Fuel Allotment, awarded in 1806, is 17 acres. The poor have also two cottages, and 8A. 3R. 5P. of land, let for £19, and derived from the bequests of J. Chappell and other donors. Here was a house of lepers, founded in 1638.

The Primitive Methodist Chapel was built in 1860.

WALL LETTER-BOX, cleared at 4 p.m., viâ Fakenham, which is the nearest Money Order Office.

	Adams      Edwd. Barratt  miller; h Great Snoring
	Bowder     William        schoolmaster
	Colman     John           vict. Green Man
	Cooper     Joseph         parish clerk
	Hall       James          farmer
	Hall       Mrs Maria      vict. Bell
	Hill       Charles        bootmaker
	Jackson    James          farmer
	Martin     Rev. Wm.       rector, & E. Barsham
	Nickalls   Fredk.         wheelwright & blacksmith
	Ostler     William        blacksmith
	Parker     Thomas         bootmaker
	Sheringham Edward         farmer
	Tuddenham  John           farmer & shopkeeper
	Turner     James          farmer

See also the Little Snoring parish page.

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May 2006