Fakenham (St. Peter)

FAKENHAM (St. Peter), a market-town and parish, in the union of Walsingham, hundred of Gallow, W. division of Norfolk, 25½ miles (N. W.) from Norwich, and 109 (N. N. E.) from London; containing 2158 inhabitants. This town, anciently called FakenhamLancaster, is pleasantly situated on a declivity north of the river Wensum, and has of late years been considerably improved by the erection of several neat houses; the streets are paved with flint stone: the inhabitants are plentifully supplied with water from springs. There are a brewery and malting establishment, and a flourmill, upon the Wensum. The market is on Thursday, for corn and cattle, and is well attended by dealers from a considerable distance: fairs, principally for cattle, are held on Hempton Green, about one mile from the town, on Whit-Tuesday, and November 22nd. Petty-sessions are held on the last Monday in the month, and courts leet and baron for the manor annually. The parish comprises 2016a. 5p., whereof 1636 acres are arable, 240 pasture and meadow, and 140 heath; it includes the hamlet of Alethorpe, formerly a parish, in which are 240 acres, and Thorpland, also anciently a parish, in which are slight remains of the church. The living is a rectory, valued in the king's books at £35. 6. 8.: net income, £862; patrons, the Master and Fellows of Trinity College, Cambridge: the glebe consists of 78½ acres. The church is a handsome structure, chiefly in the later English style, with a lofty embattled tower crowned by crocketed pinnacles; the interior contains some rich details. There are places of worship for Baptists, Independents, and Primitive and Wesleyan Methodists. Miss Ann Harrison bequeathed in 1794 the sum of £1666. 13. in the three per cent. consolidated Bank annuities, the interest to be distributed in coal, blankets, &c., to the poor.

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

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