BRISTON is a parish and small town 1 mile from Melton Constable station and 4½ south-by-west from Holt, situated near one of the sources of the river Bure, in the Northern division of the county, Holt hundred and county court district, Erpingham union, rural deanery of Holt, archdeaconry and diocese of Norwich. The church of All Saints is in the Decorated and Later English style, consisting of chancel, nave, vestry, and bell turret at the west end containing 1 bell: there was formerly a round tower: the church has been re-seated with open oak benches, a handsome oak pulpit added, the chancel is paved with Minton's tiles and it is divided from the nave by a screen presented by the present vicar in 1875 in memory of his father. The register dates from the year 1689. The living is a vicaragem yearly value about £240, with residence and 30 acres of glebe, in the gift of Lord Hastings and held since 1855 by the Rev. Charles Norris B.A. of Caius College, Cambridge, who is also rector of Melton Constable. Here are Congregational, United Methodist Free Church, Wesleyan and Primitive Methodist chapels. A market for stock and pigs is held every Tuesday and a fair on the 26th of May, also a large cattle sale on the last Thursday in May; and a wake on the day after Old Michaelmas day. The parush is divided into several manors, viz. Briston Hall, Melliors and Chossells, of which Robert Copeman esq. is lord; Briston Mautbois, Col. W. G. E. Lytton-Bulwer, lord; Mikelhall and Loundall, James Jolly esq. lord; and Thornage-exparte-Briston, of which Lord Hastings is lord. The chief landed proprietors are Lord Hastings, James Jolly and Thomas Copeman esqrs., and Mrs. Jodrell. The soil is light; subsoil, gravel. The chief crops are wheat, turnips. barley and grass. The area is 2,751 acres' rateabl;e value, £4,463; and the populaton in 1881 was 883.
Parish Clerk, William Bloomfield.
POST OFFICE.Thomas Woodcock, receiver. Letters arrive from Dereham at 7 a.m.; dispatched at 5 p.m. The nearest money order office is at Melton Constable & telegraph office at Holt. No post on sundays
INSURANCE AGENTS.Equitable Fire, J. & T. Woodcock