Gresham (All Saints)

GRESHAM (All Saints), a parish, in the union of Erpingham, hundred of North Erpingham, E. division of Norfolk, 5¼ miles (S. W. by W.) from Cromer; containing 340 inhabitants. The parish comprises 1287a. 6p., of which 998 acres are arable, 350 pasture, and about 40 woodland; the surface is hilly, the soil in the lower grounds a stiffish clay, and in the higher a light gravel. The living is a discharged rectory, valued in the king's books at £6. 18. 9., and in the gift of the Rev. John Spurgin: the tithes have been commuted for £321, and the glebe comprises 25 acres, with a house. The church is an ancient structure, chiefly in the decorated English style, with a circular tower surmounted by an octagonal turret, and contains some monuments to the Spurgin family, and a curiously sculptured font. There are foundations of a large castellated building, which it is said Sir Edmund Bacon obtained a licence from Edward II. to embattle; it is of a quadrilateral form, with a semicircular projection at each angle, probably the remains of towers or turrets, and is surrounded by a deep fosse. Gresham gave name to the family of which Sir Thomas, the founder of the Royal Exchange and of Gresham College, was a member.

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

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