SHERNBORNE (or SHARNBOURNE) is a village and parish 11½ miles north-east-by-north from Lynn and 3 east from Snettisham and 3¼ from Dersingham railway station, in the Western division of the county, Smithdon hundred, Docking union, Lynn county court district, rural deanery of Heacham, Norfolk archdeaconry and Norwich diocese. The church of St. Peter is stated to have been the second church founded in East Abglia by St. Felix the Apostle : it is a structure of flint with stone dressing in the Early English style and consists of a small nave with a turret at the west end, containing 1 bell : the font is ancient and much admired. The register dates from the year 1747. The living is a vicarage with that of Fring annexed, joint yearly value tithe rent-charge £155 with 65 acres of glebe here at 15 at Fring, with residence at each place, in the gift of the Dean and Chapter of Norwich and held since 1872 by the Rev. Thomas Tweeddale M.A. of St. John's College, Cambridge. There is a fuel allotment of 14 acres to the poor of the parish. The Master and fellows of Emmanuel College, Cambridge, who are lords of the manor, and H. J. Coldham esq. are th eprincipal landowners. The soil is rather light; the subsoil, chalky. The chief crops are wheat, barley and turnips. The area is 1,300 acres ; rateable value, £1,152; the population in 1881 was 169.
Letters through Lynn. viā Ingoldisthorpe. Snettisham is the nearest money order & telegraph office. There is a PILLAR BOX cleared daily (sundays excepted) at 5 p.m.
A School Board of 5 members was formed in 1875; Rev. T. Tweeddale vice-chairman and clerk to the board.
Board School, built in 1876 for the children of this parish & the adjoining district of Snettisham Red Barn; the school will hold 41 children, average attendance 33; Miss Emma Jane Brook, mistress
© Transcribed by E.C. ("Paddy") Apling, February 2009; links updated February 2010.
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