Denton (St. Mary)

DENTON (St. Mary), a parish, in the union of Depwade, hundred of Earsham, E. division of Norfolk, 4 miles (N. E.) from Harleston; containing 625 inhabitants. It comprises 2437a. 1r. 6p., of which about 1707 acres are arable, 620 pasture, and 110 woodland. In the grounds of Denton House is a curious and picturesque grotto. The living is a rectory, valued in the king's books at £24, and in the gift of the Archbishop of Canterbury, who appoints a fellow, or one who has been a fellow, of Merton College, Oxford: the tithes have been commuted for £735, and the glebe contains about 90 acres, with a glebe-house, much improved by the rector, the Rev. W. A. Bouverie. The church is partly in the early and partly in the later English style: the interior of the building is exceedingly neat, having been repewed and beautified in 1839; the east window, which has five lights, is filled with stained glass, the gift of the Rev. J. Postlethwayte, rector, who died in 1714. There is an endowed place of worship for Independents; and a national school, erected in 1840, is supported by subscription, and the produce of seven acres of land.

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

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