Houghton-in-the-Hole (St. Giles)

HOUGHTON-IN-THE-HOLE (St. Giles), a parish, in the union of Walsingham, hundred of North Greenhoe, W. division of Norfolk, ¾ of a mile (S. W.) from Little Walsingham; containing 242 inhabitants. The parish comprises 973a. 3r. 11p., of which nearly 869 acres are arable, 76 pasture, and 13 in plantations: the road from Fakenham to Walsingham runs through the village. The living is a discharged vicarage, valued in the king's books at £8; net income, £148; patron and impropriator, the Rev. D. H. Lee Warner. The great tithes have been commuted for £182. 8., and the vicarial for £134. 7.; the glebe contains upwards of 5 acres. The church is chiefly in the early and decorated styles, and contains the remains of a beautifully carved screen, the lower compartments of which are ornamented with paintings of saints, &c. On the west side of the dale through which the river Stiffkey runs was a chapel, now a barn, supposed to have been an appendage to Walsingham Abbey.

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

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