FUNDENHALL is a village and parish 4 miles south-east from Wymondham, in the Southern division of the county, Depwade union and hundred, Wymondham county court district, rural deanery of Depwade and archdeaconry and diocese of Norwich. The church of St. Nicholas, is an ancient flint structure, consisting of chancel and nave, with massive tower (containing 5 bells) rising from the centre, and a Norman arch at the south entrance; the church was restored in 1869, at a cost of £1,500: a pulpit was given by the Rev. Thomas Sedger, then curate, and oak benches put in the nave: the chancel was restored by George Duckett Berney esq of Merton Hall, near Norwich, patron and lay impropriator. The register dates from the year 1559. The living is a donative, yearly value about £100, in the gift of George Duckett Berney esq D.L., J.P. and held by the Rev. Thomas Sedger M.A. of Queen's College, Cambridge. The tithes are commuted at £506 7s. 4d. in the hands of the lay impropriator. There is a fuel allotment of 5 acres, producing £7 10s. yearly, which is distributed to the poor in coals in the winter. Baroness Berrners, who is lady of the manor, Sir Francis Manningham Boileau bart. the Rev, Gerard Barton, Reginald Steward esq. Mr. Edward Browne and Mr. William Howes are the principal landowners. Mr. William Howes is lord of the rectory manor, The soil is various; subsoil, chiefly clay. The chief crops are wheat, barley. hay and roots. The area is 1,347 acres; rateable value, £2,047; the population in 1881 was 318.
POST OFFICE.Thomas Chapman, receiver. Letters through Wymondham arrive about 9 a.m.; dispatched at 5.45 p.m. The nearest money order office is at Wreningham & telegraph office at Wymondham
National School, Miss Isabella Anderson, mistress
© Transcribed by E.C. ("Paddy") Apling, May, 2010.
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