BESTHORPE, 1 mile E. of Attleborough, is a parish with 134 scattered houses, 614 souls, and 2,132 acres of land, chiefly the property of the Earl of Winterton, the lord of the manor, impropriator of the rectorial tithes, and patron of the vicarage, valued in the King's book at £5 6s. 10½d., and now enjoyed by the Hon. and Rev. A. A. Turnour, who has 28½ acres of glebe. The tithes are commuted for £255 to the vicar, and a like sum to the impropriator. The Church, a cruciform edifice, dedicated to All Saints, with a lofty tower and five bells, contains a beautiful marble monument to Sir C. Drury, Knt. The vicarage house is a neat modern erection, occupied by the curate, the Rev. E. W. Dowell, B.A. The Fuel Allotment, 15a. 1r. 23p., is let for £17 6s. The Church Land, 4a. 3r. 16p., is let for £10 10s.
Rev. Edwd. Wm. Dowell, B.A., curate, Vicarage ; Jas. Larkman, vict. Square and Compass, and blksmth ;
Robert Jas. Lovett, and David Palmer, corn millers ;
Jas. Bayes, Louisa Jenny, and Edwd. Smith, shopkeepers ;
Frances Wigget, blksmth ;
Jas. Doubleday, and David Palmer, beerhouses ;
W. Vince, shoemkr ;
Edwd. Limmer (Hall),
Wm. Palmer, sen.,
Wm. Richd. Palmer,
Wm. White, and
Dnl. Wright, farmers.