Hempstead (St. Andrew)

HEMPSTEAD (St. Andrew), a parish, in the hundred of Happing, E. division of Norfolk, 3½ miles (N. E.) from Stalham; containing 175 inhabitants. It comprises 907a. 2r. 5p., of which 679 acres are arable, 207 pasture and meadow, and the remainder roads and waste. The living is a discharged rectory, with that of Lessingham consolidated, valued in the king's books at £9. 6. 8.; net income, £542; patrons, the Provost and Fellows of King's College, Cambridge. The tithes of the parish have been commuted for £273. 10., and there are 48 acres of glebe. The church is a handsome structure in the later English style, with a square embattled tower; the nave is separated from the chancel by a richly carved screen, in the lower compartments of which are figures of the Apostles.

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

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