WHISSONSETT, a village and parish, 5 miles S. of Fakenham, contains 692 inhabitants, and 1344 acres of land, mostly belonging to Colonel Jones, lord of the manor, Robert Campbell, Esq., and Mr. William Skinner.
The Church (Virgin Mary) is a large structure, comprising nave, chancel, south porch, and tower with four bells. It was partly reseated in 1851, and contains several inscriptions to the Bozoun, Hapton, Guybon, and other families. The rectory, valued in the King's Book at £10. 3s. 4d., is consolidated with Horningtoft, in the patronage and incumbency of the Rev. Edward Curtis Kemp, M.A., who has 60A. 3R. 29P. of glebe, a yearly tithe rent-charge, for both parishes, of £686, and a good residence, erected in 1830. The tithes of this parish have been commuted for £327; and the common was enclosed in 1812.
The National School, with teacher's residence attached, was built by the present rector in 1857, and is attended by 50 children. The Wesleyans and Primitive Methodists have each a chapel here. In making a drain in the churchyard, in 1851, several silver coins of the reigns of Charles, Elizabeth, and the Edwards, were found; also two massive antique rings, one of gold and the other of silver.
Nicholas Dunham, in 1591, left yearly rent-charges of 16s. 8d. to this parish, and 3s. 4d. each to Colkirk, Oxwick, and Horningtoft, for the poor.
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Barker Aldridge butcher Basham C. hawker Bunning John plumber, painter, &c. Christopher George beerhouse Franklin John Thos. boarding school Greenwood Louisa schoolmistress Kemp Rev. Edw. Curtis, M.A. Rectory Melton William shopkeeper Nelson John carpenter Smith Dennis bricklayer Watts Saml. saddler Yaxley Mr Matthew Yaxley J. clothes dlr Yaxley William corn miller BAKERS. BLACKSMITHS. Fox John Fox John Thompson Jane Mann Wm. Brooke Wyer John Parker Robert Taylor Thomas FARMERS. Barker William Makins John (and Branford Wm. Hall brickmaker) Buscall Elizabeth Makins Jeremiah Christopher George Nelson John Copeman James Skinner William Fish Robert Wiffin William Jarerd Susan Yaxley William INNS & TAVERNS. Rush James Bell Fish Robert King's Head Buscall Robt. Swan GROCERS & DRAPERS. TAILORS. Garman R. Hendry Ramm Lawson West Robert (and Ramm William leather cutter) Thing James (and parish clerk) SHOEMAKERS. WHEELWRIGHTS. Chapman Jeremiah Brown George Hall William Fox John Howard John Pratt Robert Yarham Robert
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