SHINGHAM is a very small parish 4½ miles south-west from Swaffham, in the Western division of the county, hundred of Clackclose, union and county court district of Swaffham, rural deanery of Fincham, archdeaconry of Norfolk and diocese of Norwich. The church of St. Botolph is a very ancient Norman building, having chancel which has been reroofed with slates, and a nave which has a thatched roof: the south doorway it a curious and well preserved specimen of Early Norman: there is no tower: a bell with the following inscription stands in the nave at the west end of the edifice, "Thomas Newman made me, 1738": there is also a curious piscina. The register dates from the year 1762. The living is a rectory, with Beechamwell All Saints annexed, with which Beechamwell St. Mary and Beechamwell St. John were united by Order in Council 30th December 1878: the united value is about £504, with 119 acres of glebe and house: the respective patrons, Joshua Fielden esq. and the Lord Chancellor are to have the alternate right of presentation, and the Lord Chancellor having appointed the Rev. George Roberts B.A. of Trinity College, Cambridge, in 1878, Joshua Fielden esq, has the next turn of presentation to the united benefice. J. Fielden esq. is lord of the manor and sole landowner. The soil is light and sandy; subsoil, chalk and gravel. The chief crops are wheat, barley and turnips. The area is 935 acres; rateable value, 445; and the population in 1881 was 71.
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© Transcribed by E.C.Apling, February 1999; links updated May 2010.
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