Burnham-Thorpe (St. Peter)

BURNHAM-THORPE (St. Peter), a parish, in the union of Docking, hundred of Brothercross, W. division of Norfolk, 1½ mile (E. by S.) from Burnham-Westgate; containing 396 inhabitants. This place anciently belonged to the Calthorp family, of whom Sir William de Calthorp, in the 55th of Henry III., obtained a grant of a market to be held on Saturday, and a fair on the eve, day, and morrow of St. Peter ad Vincula, both of which have been long discontinued. The parish comprises 2328a. 1r. 23p. The living is a rectory, valued in the king's books at £19. 10., and in the gift of the Earl of Orford: the tithes have been commuted for £697, and the glebe comprises 30 acres, with a commodious and handsome house, erected by the Rev. D. Everard. The church is chiefly in the decorated and later English styles, with a square embattled tower; in the chancel is a fine monument of brass to Sir William de Calthorp, also a monument to the Rev. Edmund Nelson, father of Lord Nelson, the renowned naval commander, who was born here, on the 29th of Sept., 1758, during the incumbency of his father.

Transcribed from A Topographical Dictionary of England, by Samuel Lewis, 7th edition, published in 1848.

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