Hempton (St. Andrew)

HEMPTON (St. Andrew), a parish, in the union of Walsingham, hundred of Gallow, W. division of Norfolk, ¾ of a mile (S. W.) from Fakenham; containing 447 inhabitants. A priory was founded here in the reign of Henry I., for Augustine canons, to whom King John granted a fair; and in the 4th of Edward I., the prior obtained leave for a market on Tuesday, but it has long been discontinued. Slight vestiges of the priory remain on the farm called the Abbey Farm. The revenue at the Dissolution was £39. 0. 9. The parish comprises about 500 acres, of which 300 are arable, 124 pasture and meadow, and 68 acres sheep-walks. Cattle and horse fairs are held on Whit-Tuesday and Nov. 22nd, and the latter is remarkable for its extensive show of cattle. The houses of the village are dispersed on the margin of a fine green. The living is a perpetual curacy, in the patronage of the Crown. The church was standing in the 12th of Henry VII., but was at length taken down, and the parishioners now attend Fakenham church. In a tumulus on the heath, an urn has been dug up.

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

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