Kempston (St. Paul)

KEMPSTON (St. Paul), a parish, in the union of Mitford and Launditch, hundred of Launditch, W. division of Norfolk, 6¾ miles (N. E.) from Swaffham; containing 52 inhabitants. It comprises 809a. 2r. 37p., chiefly arable, and in good cultivation. The living is a discharged vicarage, valued in the king's books at £4. 18. 4.; patron and impropriator, the Earl of Leicester. The great tithes have been commuted for £170, and the vicarial for £106. 5.; the glebe comprises 30 acres. The church, beautifully situated within the demesne of the Lodge, is an ancient structure in the early and later English styles, with a square embattled tower, and contains some monuments to the Fitzroy family; in the chancel is a piscina, and the font is handsomely sculptured.

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

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