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Norfolk - Hempton

Kelly's Directory for Cambridgeshire, Norfolk & Suffolk, 1883, pp. 340-341.

[Complete entry. Transcription Copyright © E.C."Paddy" Apling]

Note: The parish is now the site of Fakenham race-course. [ECA]

HEMPTON is a parish adjoining West Fakenham, on the south bank of the Wensum, in the Western division of the county, Gallow hundred, Walsingham union and county court district, rural deanery of Toftrees, archdeaconry and diocese of Norwich. The church of the Holy Trinity is a stone building, erected in 1855, in the Early English style, and consists of chancel only of an intended church: it has had a very beautiful reredos added by subscription: all the windows are stained, with inscriptions recording the names of the donors. The register dates from the year 1856. The living is a vicarage, yearly value 30, with residence, in the gift of the Crown and held since 1874 by the Rev. Ambrose James Johnson M.A. of Magdalene College, Cambridge, who is also rector of Shereford. Here is a charity of 12 5s. yearly, arising from 4A. 2R. 12P. of land, in the parish of Shereford, and distributed to the poor who have a settlement in the parish. Hempton Green is celebrated for the three large cattle fairs which are held upon it on Whit-Tuesday and 22nd of Novenber, and on the first Wednesday on September, which is principally for sheep. Here was a Priory, founded in the reign of Henry I. for Augustine canons, the revenue of which at the dissolution was 30 0s. 9d. A branch of the Manchester Unity of Independent Order of Odd Fellows, styled "The Loyal Friend-in-Need Lodge, No. 3507," of the Fakenham district, holds its meeting every other Monday at the King's Head Inn. The Marquis Yownshend is lord of the manor and the principal landowner. The soil is gravelly; subsoil, brick earth in many parts. The Green affords a large amount of pasteurage, and the arable land is farmed on the usual Norfolk four-course rotation. The area is 484 acres; rateable value, 1,666; and the population in 1881 was 566.


Letters through Fakenham, the nearest money order & telegraph office

National school for infants, supported by the vicar; Miss Bell, mistress

Transcription Copyright © E.C. ("Paddy") Apling, January 2011.

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