GRISTON is a village and parish about 2 miles south-east from Watton railway station and 8 west-by-north from Attleborough, in the Western division of the county, Wayland hundred and union, Attleborough county court district, rural deanery of Ashill [sic. Breckles] and archdeaconry and diocese of Norwich. The church of SS. Peter and Paul is an ancient building of flint in the Perpendicular and Decorated styles, and consists of chancel, nave with north porch, and square tower containing 4 bells and clock : it is in contemplation to restore the church as soon as funds are provided. The register dates from the year 1654. The living is a vicarage, gross yearly value tithe rent charge £254 with 13 acres of glebe and residence, in the gift of the Bishop of Norwich, and held since 1881 by the Rev. Henry Andrew B.A. of Jesus College, Cambridge. The poor have the interest of £1,000, left by Miss Barker, of Caston, which is distributed in coals and clothing. The fuel allotment consists of 60A. 1R. 11P.; there is a small bread dole of 18s. annually. Lord Walsingham, who is lord of the manor of Griston Hall, and the Ecclesiastical Commissioners, who hold the rectory manor, Thomas Rackham esq. the trustees of the late Robert Osborn, Mrs. Osborn and Thomas Knights are the chief landowners; there are several smaller landowners. The soil is mixed, principally gravel and clay; subsoil clay and marl. The chief crops are wheat, barley, oats and turnips. The area is 1,360 acres; rateable value, £2,569; and the population in 1881 was 268.
Letters received through Thetford, viâ Watton, dispatched at 5.20 p.m.; sundays at 8 a.m. Watton is the nearest money order & telegraph office
A village school is supported by contribution & the children's pence; Miss Edith Chapman, mistress
© Transcribed by E.C. ("Paddy") Apling, December 1998; links updated February 2010.
Note added June 1999:
It seems likely (from the apparent departure from alphabetical order) that the name Harnham above is a mis-print for Barnham.
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