Irstead (St. Michael)
IRSTEAD (St. Michael), a parish, in the Tunstead and Happing incorporation, hundred of Tunstead, E. division of Norfolk, 12 miles (N. N. E.) from Norwich; containing 170 inhabitants. The parish comprises 1064a. 3r. 38p., of which 374 acres are arable. 436 marsh and pasture, 35 wood and plantation, and 119 lake. Facilities of communication are afforded by a wharf on an arm of the Broad, and another on the river Ant. The living is a discharged rectory, united to the vicarage of Barton-Turf, and valued in the king's books at £6. 13. 4.: the tithes have been commuted for £198.10., and the glebe comprises 11 acres. The church is chiefly in the decorated style, and consists of a nave, chancel, and south aisle, with a square embattled tower; the lower part of the ancient screen still remains, and the font is curiously sculptured. At the inclosure, 41 acres of heath were allotted to the poor for fuel. The late Rev. William Gunn, author of An Inquiry into the Origin and Influence of Gothic Architecture, and other works, was for nearly fifty years rector. William de Wykeham was also incumbent.