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Norfolk - Bale

Kelly's Directory for Cambridgeshire, Norfolk & Suffolk, 1883, pp. 236-237.

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BALE is a parish about 8 miles north-east from Fakenham, 2 from Thursford station and 5 west from Holt, in the North-eastern division of the county, Holt hundred, Walsingham union and county court district, rural deanery of Walsingham and archdeaconry and diocese of Norwich. The church of All Saints is in the Later English and Decorated styles, and was repaired and re-pewed in 1863-4: it has chancel, nave, north transept, south porch and square embattled tower containing 5 bells: the south side of the chancel is filled with ancient stained glass and in the chancel is a piscina. The register dates from the year 1538. The living is a discharged rectory, annexed to that of Gunthorpe, joint yearly value 329, with 45 acres of glebe, in the gift of Edward Bowyer Sparke esq. J.P., D.L. and held since 1870 by the Rev. Robert Arbuthnot Law M.A. of Trinity College, Cambridge. The rectory is a handsome brick building erected in 1872. Here was formerly a chapel dedicated to St. Botolph. Charities amounting to 7 annually are distributed to the poor of the parish in blankets. Sir Willoughby Jones bart. lord of the manor, and Edward Bowyer Sparke esq J.P., S.L. ae the principal landowners. The chief crops are wheat and turnips. The soil is mixed; subsoil, chiefly clay. The area is 1,051 acres; rateable value, 1,426; and the population in 1881 was 232.


Letters through Dereham by messenger from Briningham arrive about 8 a.m. WALL LETTER BOX cleared at 4.25 p.m. week days & 10.25 on sundays. The nearest money order & telegraph offices are at Holt and New Walsingham

Children attend the school at

Transcription Copyright © E.C. ("Paddy") Apling, January 2011.

1891 Census Names Index
White's 1854
White's 1845 and 1883 [GENUKI-NFK]
Gunthorpe (& Bale) Archeology [Norfolk History Explorer]
Bale postmill [Jonathan Neville]
Our Daily Bread (Introduction to the churches of Bale, Bayfield, Field Dalling, Glandford, Holt and Saxlingham [Simon Knott]
More on Bale [GENUKI-NFK]
More Parish Information [Geoff Lowe & Andrew Rivett]
Return to villages index
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