METHWOLD, usually called Muel, is an extensive parish and populous village, 6 miles N.N.W. of Brandon, which comprises 349 houses, 1,669 inhabitants, and 12,958 acres of land, a great part of which is fen and sandy heath, all enclosed, the latter under an act passed in 1807, previous to which here was a famous rabbit warren. The Queen is lady of the manor, and owner of 5,432 acres of land; the other principal owners are E. C. Newcome, Esq., Sidyney College, and Mr Chas. Goodwin. Being an ancient demesne the inhabitants are exempt from serving on juries out of the manor, and from tolls at markets and fairs. A fair is held on April 23rd, and a stock market every Monday at the Bell Inn, which is well attended. A sale is held, for miscellaneous property, on the first Monday of every month, by Mr. Edward Banham, in the market; and a Hiring Session is held on the Tuesday before Old Michaelmas. The CHURCH, dedicated to St. George, is a large edifice, the tower of which having received considerable damage from lightning in May, 1853, was taken down and rebuilt by subscription, at the same time the interior was repewed and thoroughly repaired. The tower has a clock and six bells. Half an acre of land has been added to the churchyard. The living is a discharged vicarage, valued in the King's book at £9 1s. 3d., and enjoyed by the Rev.V.E.Eyre. H.S.Partridge, Esq. is patron, impropriator of the great tithes, and lessee of the manorial rights. A neat vicarage house has just been erected. Here is a Methodist Chapel, and a FREE SCHOOL supported out of the revenues of the Duchy of Lancaster. The poor have 2a. of land, let for £10, and purchased with 100 marks given by Dr. Batchcroft in 1660. They have also £56 a year as the rent of 26a. 22p. of land received in exchange at the enclosure; 30s. left by J. Towler; 17s. 6d. as the interest of £22 left by the Rev. J. Partridge and N. Poyniz; and £10 per annum, the gift of the late Miss R. Clough. The Church land, one acre, is let for £4 15s.
Post Office at Mr. William Gathercole's. Letters arrive at 5 a.m., and are despatched 7.30 p. m.
1891 Census Names Index
Kelly's 1883, and Kelly's 1925
White's 1845 [GENUKI-NFK]
Methwold Archeology [Norfolk Heritage Explorer]
Methwold early postmill, and Methwold Hythe postmill; Brandon road postmill and towermill;
Great Levell postmill; Hythe road postmill; Old Feltwell road postmill and towermill [Jonathan Neville]
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