Flitcham (St. Mary)

FLITCHAM (St. Mary), a parish, in the union and hundred of Freebridge-Lynn, W. division of Norfolk, 9 miles (N. E.) from Lynn; containing 403 inhabitants. It comprises 3324a. 2r. 7p., of which 2760 acres are arable, 640 meadow and pasture, and 30 woodland. The living is a perpetual curacy; net income, £54; patron and impropriator, the Earl of Leicester, whose tithes have been commuted for £700. According to Camden, here was a priory or hospital of the order of St. Augustine, subordinate to the abbey of Walsingham, to which it was given by Dametta de Flitcham. It was dedicated to the Blessed Virgin Mary; and at the Dissolution had a revenue of £62. 10. 6., and was granted, as parcel of the possessions of Walsingham Abbey, to Edward, Lord Clinton: the walls and offices still remain. On a hill with a square area surrounded by a trench, the hundred court was held in the reign of William Rufus.

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

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