Foulsham (Holy Innocents)

FOULSHAM (Holy Innocents), a parish, and formerly a market-town, in the union of Aylsham, hundred of Eynsford, E. division of Norfolk, 18 miles (N. W.) from Norwich, and 108 (N. N. E.) from London; containing 1048 inhabitants. The town, with the church, was almost totally destroyed by fire in 1770, but has been rebuilt in a superior manner, and now contains many good houses. There is a fair on the first Tuesday in May, for cattle and toys, and a statute-fair for hiring servants is holden on the first Tuesday after Michaelmas-day; petty-sessions are held on every alternate Monday. The parish comprises 3226a. 1r., of which 1993 acres are arable, 1027 pasture and meadow, and 18 woodland. The living is a rectory, valued in the king's books at £27. 14. 9½., and in the gift of Lord Hastings: the tithes have been commuted for £780, and the glebe comprises 24½ acres, with a house. The church, which was rebuilt after the fire, is in the later English style, with an embattled tower 90 feet high, crowned by pinnacles; on the south side of the chancel are a double piscina and three sedilia of elegant design. The Baptists have a place of worship.

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

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