BRISLEY is a parish 4 miles west from Elmham station on the Great Eastern railway and 6 north-by-west from East Dereham, in the Western division of the county, Launditch hundred, Mitford and Launditch union, East Dereham county court district, rural deanery of Brisley and archdeaconry and diocese of Norwich. The church of St. Bartholomew is a fine large Gothic building of flint with stone dressings, consisting of chancel, nave, aisles, a north porch and a very handsome and buttressed tower containing 4 bells: the east end contains a beautiful stained window, representing the Crucifixion, the gift of the present rector, in memory of his wife: in the chancel are two brasses dating from 1531, also a piscina and sedilia. The register dates from the year 1698. The living is a rectory with Gateley annexed, joint gross yearly value £486, with residence and 22 acres of glebe. in the gift of Christ's College, Cambridge and held since 1851 by the Rev. John Smith B.D. formerly fellow of that college. Earl Sondes is lord of the manor. The principal landowners are Earl Sondes, George B. Butler esq. and George M. Nicholson esq. The soil is light loam, subsoil, gravel and clay. The chief crops are wheat, barley and turnips. The area is 1,201 acres, including common, roads, &c. in which are 181 acres; rateable value, £2,088, and the population in 1881 was 368.
Letters through East Dereham. Elmham is the nearest money order & telegraph office. PILLAR BOX cleared at 5.45 p.m.; sundays at 10 a.m.
National School (mixed & infants, supported by voluntary subscription, Government grant & school pence); Miss Wilkin, mistress
CARRIER: Rudd, passes through to East Dereham & Norwich every Tuesday at 5 p.m. returning Thursday
Transcription Copyright © E.C."Paddy" Apling, July 2000; links updated January 2010.
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