HEMPTON is a small parish, half a mile S. of Fakenham, on the opposite side of the river Wensum, its village having 93 scattered houses and 477 inhabitants. There are 370 acres of enclosed land, and 68 acres of common, mostly the property of Captain John Townshend, R.N. M.P., the impropriator and lord of the manor. Large cattle fairs are held here annually on Whit Tuesday, the first Wednesday in September, and November 22nd. The Church, which was dedicated to St. Andrew, has been taken down several centuries, and the curacy annexed to Fakenham. Hempton Priory, which stood on the abbey farm, was founded in the reign of Henry I. for Augustine Canons, to whom King John granted a fair ; and in the 14th of Edward I. the prior claimed a market on Tuesday, which has long been obsolete, and no vestiges of the priory are now to be seen. In a tumulus on the adjoining heath an urn was dug up many years ago. The poor's allotment, 4a. 2r. 12p., is let for £4 16s., which is expended in coals and distributed among the most necessitous.
Note: The parish is now the site of Fakenham race-course. [ECA, December 2000.].
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