Harpley (St. Lawrence)

HARPLEY (St. Lawrence), a parish, in the union and hundred of Freebridge-Lynn, W. division of Norfolk, 4 miles (N. W. by N.) from Rougham; containing 376 inhabitants. It comprises by measurement 2153 acres, of which 1747 are arable, 183 pasture and meadow, 11 woodland, and 212 acres sheep-walks, common, and heath. A fair is held on July 25th, by charter of Edward I. The living is a rectory, valued in the king's books at £22, and in the gift of A. Hamond, Esq.: the tithes have been commuted for £460, and the glebe comprises 90 acres. The church is an ancient structure in the early and later English styles, with a square embattled tower; the wall of the south aisle has three sedilia of stone and a double piscina of elegant design, and in the windows of the church are some fragments of stained glass.

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

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