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Foulsham, Norfolk

Historical Description

Foulsham, a village and a parish in Norfolk. The village stands on an affluent of the river Wensum, with a station on the G.E.R., and another named Guestwick, 1½ mile NE on the Midland and Great Northern Joint railway, 12 miles W from Aylsham. Post, money order, and telegraph office under East Dereham. It was almost totally destroyed by fire in 1770, was afterwards rebuilt on a better plan and with cheerful aspect, was once a market-town, and has still a fair on the first Tuesday of May. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Norwich; net yearly value, —£572 with residence. Patron, Lord Hastings. The church was restored at the rebuilding of the village, and has a fine tower. The churchyard contains an ancient altar-tomb, bearing a curious broken inscription in Saxon characters. The parish comprises -3276 acres; population, 1015, There are Baptist and Primitive Methodist chapels.

Transcribed from The Comprehensive Gazetteer of England & Wales, 1894-5


The following is a list of the administrative units in which this place was either wholly or partly included.

Ancient CountyNorfolk 
Ecclesiastical parishFoulsham Holy Innocents 
Poor Law unionAylsham 

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Visitations Heraldic

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Postal districtNR20
Post TownDereham