Fordham

FORDHAM, a parish, in the union of Downham, hundred of Clackclose, W. division of Norfolk, 2½ miles (S.) from Downham; containing 219 inhabitants. The parish is bounded on the south by the river Wissey, and intersected by the Ouse, which also forms part of its western boundary; it comprises 2204a. 3r. 27p., whereof 1733 acres are arable, 380 meadow and pasture, and 40 woodland. Snore Hall, now a farmhouse, was the seat of the family of Skipwith, who entertained Charles I. on the night previous to his delivering himself to the Scottish army. The living is a perpetual curacy; net income, £51; patron, E. R. Pratt, Esq., who, and the Dean and Chapter of Norwich, are impropriators. The impropriate and the rectorial tithes have each been commuted for £231, and the rectorial glebe comprises 13 acres. The church is in the later English style, with a square embattled tower, and appears to have been of larger dimensions.

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

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