Corby (St. John the Evangelist)

CORBY (St. John the Evangelist), a village or market-town, and a parish, in the union of Bourne, wapentake of Beltisloe, parts of Kesteven, county of Lincoln, 33 miles (S. by E.) from Lincoln, and 103 (N. by W.) from London; containing 714 inhabitants. The parish is on the road from Bourne to Colsterworth, and comprises by computation 2724 acres, of which more than 1000 are old inclosure, 305 wood, 270 pasture, and the rest arable. The village is pleasantly situated in a valley, resting on a rocky base, and the lands are richly diversified with hill and dale, interspersed with ash and oak: the soil is in some parts clayey and in others stony. The market, which has nearly fallen into disuse, is on Wednesday; the fairs are on August 6th and the Monday before October 10th, for cattle and horses. The living is a discharged vicarage, united to the rectory of Irnham, and valued in the king's books at £5. 12. 1½.: the impropriate tithes have been commuted for £100, and the vicarial for £126; the glebe contains 91 acres. The church is an ancient structure, in the early English style. A grammar school was founded in 1669, by Charles Reed, who endowed it with a rent-charge of £48. 15.

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

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