TITCHWELL, 5 miles W. by N. of Burnham-Market, is a small village overlooking the salt-marshes and Brancaster Bay. Its parish is in Docking union, Walsingham county court district, Norwich bankruptcy district, Smithdon hundred, Smithdon and Brothercross petty sessional division, Docking polling district of West Norfolk, Heacham rural deanery, and Norfolk archdeaconry.
It had 119 inhabitants in 1881, living on 1627 acres, and has a rateable value of £2060. The manor and a great part of the soil belong to Magdalen College, Oxford, but the parish is held on lease by George Lowther Thompson, Esq., who has also a small freehold here. Mr. Martin Dodman owns part of the parish. At the enclosure in 1786, about 220 acres of salt-marsh were embanked from the influx of the tides, which formerly flowed nearly up to the rectory-house.
The CHURCH (St. Mary) is a small building, with nave, chancel, south porch, and a round Norman tower, containing one bell, and surmounted by a short spire. The windows are all Perpendicular insertions, and the south doorway is of the Decorated style. The rood-screen still remains. The building was slated, repaved, and fitted with open seats, about 1844; and in 1859 new altar rails of wrought-iron and brass were put up.
The rectory, valued in the King's Book at £12, is in the patronage of Eton College, Cambridge, and incumbency of the Rev. Edward Seymour Stocker, M.A. There are 17 acres of glebe, a good residence, and a yearly tithe rent-charge of £413, awarded in 1839, in lieu of tithes. The rector is non-resident, and the rectory house is occupied by the Rev. John Blomfield Whaley, who is curate-in-charge.
The shaft of an ancient cross, which is very perfect and of great length, still remains at the cross roads.
The Church Land, 8A. 2R., is let for £23. For weekly doles of bread, the poor have a yearly rent-charge of £1 14s. 8d. left by James Dalling in 1640. They have also one-third of Walterson's Charity, as noticed with Thornham, and the parish has the privilege of sending four boys to the Free School at Brancaster.
POST OFFICE at Mrs. Margaret Young's. Letters arrive at 8.30 a.m., despatched to Lynn at 4.20 p.m. Brancaster is the nearest Money Order and Telegraph Office.
Dodman Martin farmer Manning Elijah farm bailiff Nurse Robert sexton Ringer Alfred farmer Temple James victualler, Three Horse Shoes; and farmer Whaley Rev. John curate-in-charge, The Rectory Blomfield Youngs Miss M. shopkpr. & postmistrss.
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