Hautbois, Great (St. Theobald)

HAUTBOIS, GREAT (St. Thebold), a parish, in the union of Aylsham, hundred of South Erpingham, E. division of Norfolk, 1 mile (N. W. by N.) from Coltishall; containing 162 inhabitants. The parish is bounded on the west by the river Bure, which is navigable from Yarmouth to Aylsham; and comprises 611 acres, whereof 505 are arable, 84 pasture and meadow, and 7 common. The living is a discharged rectory, valued in the king's books at £4. 6. 8., and in the gift of Samuel Bignold, Esq.: the tithes have been commuted for £214, and the glebe comprises 13 acres. The church is in the early English style, with a round tower, and contains a Norman font of curious design. Here was a chantry, founded and endowed by John Parham; and a Maison Dieu, for a master and poor persons, was founded at the head of what was called Hautbois Causeway, for the reception of poor travellers, about the reign of Henry III., by Sir Peter de Alto Bosco, Knt., and dedicated to the Virgin Mary: it was subordinate to the hospital at Horning.

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

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