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WIMBOTSHAM, a parish and village, 1 mile N.N.E. of Downham, comprises 582 inhabitants, and 1,771 acres of land, mostly the property of Sir Thomas Hare, the lord of the manors of Wimbotsham, Ingoldesthorpe, Tonwell, and Ramsey.
The CHURCH, (St. Mary,) is a high thatched fabric, with a square tower and three bells, and has recently undergone a thorough reparation, during which a painting of St. Christopher was discovered on the wall, and two piscinas. The south door has a fine Norman arch. The rectory, valued in the King's Book at £5 6s. 8d., is consolidated with Stow Bardolph. (See page 626 [which is the entry for Stow Bardolph].)
In Sept. 1835, Mr. Green, the aeronaut, descended here, after a flight in his balloon from Vauxhall-gardens, London. After breakfasting with Mr. Pike, he ascended again into the aerial regions, and alighted at North Runcton.
The parish was enclosed and drained, under acts passed in 1798 and 1801.
The Wesleyan and Primitive Methodists have chapels here.
The poor have a share in the Hundred Acre Common, noticed at page 615 [see note below]. Two cottages, built on the waste, many years ago, are occupied by paupers.
Marked * are at Broomhill.
Allen Rev. William Maxey curate * Ayres Mrs. Ann Bartle John gentleman Brown Thomas butcher Chalton Joel victualler, Chequers Chamberlain John Horace relieving officer * Flannagan Timothy gentleman Goodrum Patrick tailor Harper William blacksmith Harrison Mrs. Ann * Mason Mr. George Rodwell Robert grocer and miller Sharp William gardener * Snasdell Miss Sarah Wade Robert Wright schoolmaster and land surveyor Beer Houses. FARMERS. Bush George Brown Joseph (& ram breeder) Cawdron John Page Mary Riches Snasdell Pike John Wightman Thos. Thorp James
Note: This is part of the entry for Downham Market:
At the enclosure of the fen lands, &c., about 100A., called the HUNDRED ACRE COMMON, was vested with the churchwardens of Downham Market, Wimbotsham, and Stow Bardolph, in trust, that, after paying the drainage rates and other expenses, the clear yearly rents should be divided into three parts, for distribution among the poor of these parishes. The Eau-Brink and Downham drainage taxes, on this land, amount to about £25 per annum, and it is now let for £60 a year.
See also the Wimbotsham parish page.
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