STOKE-FERRY is a pleasant village, 7 miles E.S E. of Downham, at the junction of the roads from Thetford to Brandon, and has a large fair for cattle and horses on Dec. 6th, and a Hiring for servants on the Thursday before Old Michaelmas. The corn market formerly held on Friday has long been obsolete. The parish contains 170 houses, 820 inhabitants, 2,059a. 3r. 11p. of land, mostly belonging to J.B.S. Bradfield, Esq , the lord of the manor, who has a neat mansion here. The Abbot of Ely had the grant of a fair and market here, from Henry III. The profits of the ferry belonged to the Abbot, who broke down the bridge soon after its erection; but the Hundred Court compelled him to rebuild it. The bridge was repaired and widened in 1803. The CHURCH, dedicated to All Saints, is a neat edifice, but the tower fell down in 1778. It was thoroughly restored and beautified in 1848, when neat oak sittings were put in the chancel, at a cost of £1,300; one of the windows is ornamented with stained glass. The perpetual curacy has been augmented with £400 Queen Anne's Bounty, and is now valued at £100. The Lord Chancellor is patron, and the Rev. H. Mc Gill, incumbent. The PoorLand, obtained in exchange at the enclosure, consists of 2r. 26p. and 22p. used as a chalk pit. The FuelAllotment, 25a. 3r. 6p. is let, and the proceeds given among the poor. The FreeSchool was founded pursuant to the will of J. B. Sanders, Esq., who, in 1807, left £250 for building a school, and charged his estate here with the payment of £25 per annum to the master, for the education of 25 poor children of Stoke-Ferry and Wretton. PostOffice at Robt. Thompson's; letters arrive 4.30 a.m., and are despatched at 7 p.m. Money orders granted at the office.
Apsland Jas. tin plate worker
Barton Mrs. Eliz.
Bennett Jas. carpenter
Blomfield Fdk. druggist, stationer, news agent, and agent to the European Life Insurance
Bradfield J. Bradfield Sanders, Esq.
Duplay Miss Hannah
Etheridge Edw. Wright, spirit, seed, hop, & wool merct. and maltster
Etheridge Jno. Drosier, wine mert.
Fiddament Jesse, clock & watch mkr
Goate Mrs. Eliz.
Hastings Mr. Wm.
Hill Jno. Bird, Free and coml. day and boarding school
Mc' Gill Rev. Geo. Hy. M.A., incumbent
Hubbard Jas. supt. of police
Hudson Wm. gent.
Jaggard Mr. Wm.
Larner Mrs. Mary
Lock Hy. horse breaker
Mc' Gill Jno. Esq.
Micklefield Anthony Horrex Roger, solr. & agt. to the N.U. Insur. Co.
Newby Jas. bricklayer
Nunn Jas. beer house Pigott Richd. gent.
Pratt Hy. clock & watch mkr. auctioneer, &c.
Springfield Wm. Sparrow, builder and lime mert.
Steele Hy. Chas. Browne, surgeon, and registrar of births & deaths
Steward Simeon, gent.
Theobald Saml. parish clk.
Upton Eliz. dress maker
Watson Geo. hair dresser
Whatnall Richd. earthenware dlr.
Winfield Hy. Wm. brewer, maltster, & corn and coal mert