HOLME HALE is a village and parish situate near the river Wissey, with a station on the Watton and Swaffham railway, 5 miles east-by-south from Swaffham station, in the Western division of the county, South Greenhoe hundred, Swaffham union and county court district, Cranwich rural deanery, Norfolk archdeaconry and Norwich diocese. The church of St. Andrew is a large and ancient building, in the Norman style restored in 1868, at a cost of about £650, consisting of a chancel, nave and tower containing a peal of 6 bells. The register dates from the year 1538. The living is a rectory, yearly value £680, including 56 acres of glebe and good residence, in the gift of and held since 1844 by the Rev. Henry Milne M.A. of Brasenose College, Oxford. There is a town estate of 46A. 1R. 38P. which was left for repairs of the church, producing £90 rent yearly, which is apportioned thus: £48 for the church, £30 for the school, £2 to the widows of the parish, and the balance to the poor, as the trustees may think fit; and a poor's allotment of 24 acres, let to poor people and the rent returned to them in coals at Christmas. Captain H. S. Adlington J.P. who resides at the Hall, a modern mansion, is lord of the manor, and he and Jonathan Farrow esq. are the chief landowners. The soil is sand and clay, and the subsoil is chalk and gravel. The area is 2,549 acres; rateable value, £3,981; and the population in 1881 was 411.
POST OFFICE. John Athuron, sub-postmaster. Letters through Thetford, arrive at 8.30 a.m.; dispatched at 4.45 p.m.; sundays at 9.40 a.m. West Bradenham is the nearest money order & telegraph office. WALL BOX cleared 4.55 p.m.; sundays 9.40 a.m.
National School, Mrs. Fanny Elise Swann, mistress
Railway Station, George William Smith, station master
© Transcribed by E.C. ("Paddy") Apling, February 1999; links updated November 2010.
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