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Norfolk - Sporle

Kelly's Directory for Cambridgeshire, Norfolk & Suffolk, 1883, pp. 282-283.

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SPORLE is a village and parish 2 miles north0east from Swaffham, in the Western division of the county, South Greenhoe hundred, Swaffham union and county court district, rural deanery of Cranwich, archdeaconry of Norfolk and diocese of Norwich. The church of the Virgin Mary, which has been restored at different periods, is a large and handsome building of great antiquity, in the Early English and Decorated styles, and consists of chancel, nave, aisles and square tower containing 3 bells; there are six beautiful stained windows. The register dates from the year 1563. The living of Sporle is a vicarage, with the rectory of Little Palgrave annexed, joint yearly value 180, in the gift of Eton College and held since 1845 by the Rev. Thomas Jones M.A. of Jesus College, Oxford. There was formerly a church at Little Palgrave, but it has long since gone into decay. Here are chapels for the Primitive Methodists and Wesleyans. The charities are of the annual value of 117, including 25 yearly, left by Richard Fisher in 1608 for education, and 90, rent of 91 acres (town land) alloted for fuel. The manor belongs to St. Katherine's Hospital, London, who, with Edmund Farrer, esq. are principal landowners. The soil is various, with a subsoil of clay and marl. The chief crops are wheat, barley, turnips and some pasture. The area is 3,817 acres; rateable value, 6,130; the population in 1881 was 729.


POST OFFICE/—Mrs. Ann Alcock, postmistress. Letters by mail cart from Swaffham received at 5.5 a.m. & dispatched at 7.30 p.m.; sundays at 2.10 p.m. Swaffham is the nearest money order & telegraph office

National School, built in 1841; Wm. Geo. Bilby, master

Transcription Copyright © E.C. ("Paddy") Apling, January 2011.

1891 Census Names Index
Wills of Benjamin HODGEN, 1762 and Tillitt Hudson, Thatcher, 1828
White's 1854
White's 1845; 1883; and Kelly's 1896 [GENUKI-NFK]
Sporle with Palgrave Archeology [Norfolk Heritage Explorer]
Sporle tower mill [Jonathan Neville]
More on Sporle with Palgrave [GENUKI=NFK]
More Parish Information [Geoff Lowe & Andrew Rivett]
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