Coltishall (St. John the Baptist)
COLTISHALL (St. John the Baptist), a parish, in the union of Aylsham, hundred of South Erpingham, E. division of Norfolk, 7 miles (N. N. E.) from Norwich; containing 897 inhabitants. The parish comprises 1129a. 29p., whereof about 1065 acres are arable, 30 pasture, and 34 woodland. It is situated on the river Bure, and the road from Norwich to North Walsham runs through the village, the west side of which is in the parish of Great Hautbois. Here is a brewery; and a considerable trade is carried on in malt, corn, coal, and timber, for which the river affords facility of conveyance. A fair for pedlery is held on Whit-Monday. The living is a rectory, valued in the king's books at £7. 2. 6., and in the patronage of King's College, Cambridge: the tithes of this parish, with those upon certain lands in South Ruston and Scottow, have been commuted for £340, and the glebe contains about 27 acres. The church, chiefly in the early style, has a lofty embattled tower: the nave is separated from the chancel by a carved screen; the font is Norman, and the building contains several neat memorials. There is a place of worship for Wesleyans. John Chapman, in 1718, bequeathed £10 per annum and a house, to which in 1815 the Rev. Dr. Grape added £360 three per cent. consols., making the income £20. 16., for teaching boys.