Barsham, East (All Saints)

BARSHAM, EAST (All Saints), a parish, in the union of Walsingham, hundred of Gallow, W. division of Norfolk, 3 miles (N.) from Fakenham; containing 240 inhabitants. It comprises 1167a. 2r. 32p., of which 990 acres are arable, 134 pasture and meadow, and 34 woodland; the village is picturesquely situated on the banks of the river Stiffkey, and on the road from Fakenham to Walsingham. Of the once splendid Hall there only remain the south front and lofty entrance gateway, which form a fine specimen of ornamental brickwork in the Tudor style, with towers and turrets. The living is a discharged vicarage, endowed with the great tithes, and with the rectory of Little Snoring annexed, valued in the king's books at £6. 13. 4.; patron, Lord Hastings. The tithes of East Barsham have been commuted for £313, and there are nearly nine acres of glebe. The church consists of a nave only, with a square tower on the north side; the entrance is through a Norman doorway.

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

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