FILBY is a parish 2½ miles south-west from Ormesby station of the Yarmouth and Norwich railway, about 6 miles north-west from Yarmouth and 17 north-east from Morwich. in the Northern division of the county, the incorporated hundreds and union of East and West Flegg, and Great Yarmouth county court district, rural deanery of Flegg and archdeaconry and diocese of Norwich. The name, like many in the Flegg district ending in "by," is of Scandinavian origin. Filby was given by William the Conqueror to Rabell, the engineering officer who had charge of the ballistę and other military engines. The church of All Saints, a structure of stone, which stands on a height overlooking the lake, has been restored, and consists of chancel, nave and south aisle, and lofty embattled Gothic tower of fine proportions with 5 bells, and contains 5 stained windows: it contains several monuments to the Lucas family, one of which, to Charles Lucas, esq. by Herrman, of Dresden, is a fine piece of sculpture: there is also the lower portion of a panelled oak screen: in 1873 the church was restored, but the original thatched roof retained. The register dates from the year 1599. The lving is a rectory, yearly value, £505, in the gift of and held since 1848 by the Rev. Charles Lucas M.A. of Trinity Hall, Cambridge. The Primitive Methodists and the Unitarians have places of worship here; the latter was built and endowed by Henry Daliel, in the beginning of the eighteenth century, as a Presbyterian chapel. The fuel allotment of 10 acres produced £27 yearly. This parish is famous for its excellent growth of raspberries, many hundred pounds' worth being sent to London and other towns in season. Filby House is a mansion of white brick, the fanily seat of the Rev. Charles Lucas M.A., J.P. the rector, who is also lord of the manor and chief landowner: this manor was anciently held by a family of its own name. The soil is mixed; subsoil, clay. The chief crops are wheat, barley and oats. The area is 1,425 acres; rateable value. £3.153; the population in 1881 was 578.
POST & MONEY ORDER OFFICE & Savings Bank.Samuel Walpole, sub-postmaster. Letters arrive from Yarmouth at 5.45 a.m. & are dispatched at 6.43 p.m. The nearest telegraph office is at Ormesby
A School Board of 5 members was formed in 1875. with Mawby [sic. Mautby] contributory with 2 members; Rev. J. N. Dredge, clerk to the Board
Board School, built at a cost of £500 for 127 children, average attendance 93, Miss Charlotte Plumstead, mistress
CARRIERS TO YARMOUTH.Robert Culling, wednesday & saturday; Adam Howes, monday, wednesday & saturday; & Mrs. Zachius English, monday & thursday
Transcription © Copyright E.C.("Paddy") Apling, March, 2009; links updated December 2009.
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