Hellesdon (St. Mary)

HELLESDON (St. Mary), a parish, partly within the city of Norwich, and partly in the hundred of Taverham (which latter portion is in the union of St. Faith), E. division of Norfolk, 2¾ miles (N. W. by W.) from Norwich; containing 400 inhabitants. It comprises 2001 acres, and is bounded on the west and southwest by the river Wensum. The living is a rectory, united to that of Drayton, and valued in the king's books at £12: the tithes have been commuted for £436, and the glebe comprises 29 acres. The church is chiefly in the decorated and later styles, and consists of a nave, chancel, and north aisle, with a small cupola surmounted by a spire; the churchyard contains an ancient cross. In a garden on the bank of the Wensum, a quantity of human bones was dug up, a few years since.

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

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