MUNDFORD is a village and parish on the London Road, near the river Wissey, 5 miles N. by E. of Brandon, 8 miles N.W. of Thetford, and 10 miles S. by W. of Swaffham. It is in Thetford union and county court district, Norwich bankruptcy district, Grimshoe petty sessional division, Methwold polling district of West Norfolk, Cranwich rural deanery, and Norfolk archdeaconry. It had 285 inhabitants in 1881, living on 2050 acres (only 2007 on rate-books, but does not include roads), and has a rateable value of £1220 2s. 6d. The parish mostly belongs to Mrs. S. L. Stephens, who is lady of the manor of East and West Hall, the latter of which is said to be held by the service of a rose and 'spar-hawk.' The CHURCH (St. Leonard) comprises nave and chancel with a square tower, containing five bells, and was restored and the tower rebuilt in 1850. The holy-water stoup still remains. In 1862 the west window was filled with beautiful stained glass, representing the Crucifixon, the Last Supper, the Martyrdom of St. Stephen, &c., in memory of the late S. L. Stephens, Esq. The church contains an organ, and is fitted with open seats having carved poppies. The Register dates from 1699. The discharged rectory, valued in K.B. at £7. 17s. 6d., is in the patronage and incumbency of the Rev. Richard Thomas Parker, B.A., who has a good residence and a yearly rent-charge of £138, awarded in 1844 in lieu of tithes. Here is a Wesleyan Chapel, erected in 1873 at a cost of £200; it contains 85 sittings. Petty Sessions are held at the Crown Inn on the first Tuesday of every month. The School, which has a teacher's residence attached, is attended by 70 children, and was built in 1864 by Mrs. Stephens, by whom it is also supported.
POST, MONEY ORDER, TELEGRAPH OFFICE, and SAVINGS BANK, at Mrs. Martha Fletcher's. Letters arrive at 2 a.m., and are despatched at 11 p.m., viâ Brandon.
CARRIER Wm. Sewell, to Brandon, Sat.
BRANDON is the nearest Raily. Station.
Transcription Copyright © E.C. ("Paddy") Apling, April 1999; links updated November 2010.
1891 Census Names Index
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