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Norfolk - Wiggenhall St. Mary the Virgin

Francis White's History, Gazetteer, and Directory, of Norfolk 1854, p. 689

[Complete entry. Transcription Copyright © the late A.J. Carter, September 2002.

WIGGENHALL ST. MARY THE VIRGIN, 5 miles S.W. by S. of Lynn, is a straggling village on the west side of the great Ouse, and its parish includes the hamlet of SADDLE BOW on the opposite side of the river, and the Eau-Brink-Cut, within three miles of Lynn. The parish contains 70 houses, 325 inhabitants, and 2,700 acres of land, belonging to a number of freeholders, but formerly possessed by the Kerviles, who built a large manor house here, with an embattled tower gate house, but this was pulled down after 1624, when the family became extinct by the death of Sir Henry Kervile. The Church has a square tower and five bells. Here are memorials to the Kerviles and Berners ; and in the chancel is an alabaster altar-tomb with effigies of a man in armour, his lady, and two children. The seats in the nave and aisles are of oak, carved with the figures of Saints, some having also the arms of Kervile and Butler. The vicarage, valued in the King's book at £12, has recently been augmented to the yearly value of £175. It is in the gift of the Crown, and incumbency of the Rev. J. Fleming, of Pentney. The tithes are commuted for £190. The vicarage house was erected a few years ago. There are two houses and two roods of land, belonging to the poor. Here is a small Primitive Methodist Chapel.

Transcription Copyright © the late A.J. Carter, September 2002; links updated May 2010.

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