Haddiscoe (St. Mary)

HADDISCOE (St. Mary), a parish, in the union of Loddon and Clavering, hundred of Clavering, E. division of Norfolk, 5 miles (N. N. E.) from Beccles; containing 424 inhabitants. The parish is situated on the road from Beccles to Yarmouth, and bounded on the north-east by the navigable river Waveney. By charter of Henry VII., confirmed by succeeding monarchs, the inhabitants are exempt from serving on juries at sessions and assizes, and are entitled to free sittings at Yarmouth market. The living is a discharged rectory, with that of Monks'-Toft annexed, valued in the king's books at £12, and in the gift of King's College, Cambridge; the tithes of the parish have been commuted for £341. 10., and the glebe contains about 22 acres. The church, chiefly in the later English style, has a circular tower, and the entrances on the north and south are through richly decorated Norman doorways. Here was a preceptory of Knights Templars, to which Henry III. was a benefactor.

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

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