Harling, East (St. Peter and St. Paul)
HARLING, EAST (St. Peter and St. Paul), a market-town and parish, in the union and hundred of Guilt-Cross, W. division of Norfolk, 22 miles (S. W.) from Norwich, and 89 (N. E. by N.) from London; containing 1062 inhabitants. This place is situated on a gentle acclivity above the vale of the small river Thet, between the towns of Thetford and Buckenham; the inhabitants are well supplied with water. The Norfolk railway has a station a little to the north of the town, eight miles distant from the Thetford station, and twelve from that of Wymondham. A charter for a market and two fairs was granted in the reign of Edward IV.: the market, held on Tuesday, is abundantly supplied with corn; and there are fairs for live-stock on May 4th, the first Tuesday after Sept. 12th, a fortnight after Michaelmas-day, and Oct. 24th, and a statute-fair for hiring servants a fortnight before Michaelmas-day. The living is a rectory, valued in the king's books at £12, and in the patronage of Mrs. Wilkinson; net income, £523. The church, erected about the middle of the 15th century, is a handsome structure in the decorated English style, with a square embattled tower surmounted by a low spire: the chancel windows are adorned with ancient stained glass removed from the dilapidated mansion of Harling Hall; and adjoining the south aisle is a sepulchral chapel, belonging to the family of Harling, in which is an altar-tomb with the recumbent effigies in marble of Sir Robert Harling and his lady, and various other tombs and memorials. There are places of worship for Baptists, the Society of Friends, and Primitive and Wesleyan Methodists. At the inclosure, 97 acres were allotted for the repairs of the church, and 57 for the poor.