Lessingham (All Saints)

LESSINGHAM (All Saints), a parish, in the Tunstead and Happing incorporation, hundred of Happing, E. division of Norfolk, 3 miles (N. E.) from Stalham; containing 241 inhabitants. In the reign of William Rufus a priory was founded here, as a cell to the abbey of Okeburn, in Wiltshire, at that time the chief of the alien priories dependent on the abbey of Bec, in Normandy; on the suppression it was granted to Eton College, and subsequently to King's College, Cambridge. The parish comprises 639a. 2r. 2p., of which 567 acres are arable, and 57 pasture. The living is a discharged rectory, consolidated with that of Hempstead, and valued in the king's books at £6: the tithes have been commuted for £235, and the glebe contains upwards of 21 acres. The church is a handsome structure in the decorated English style, with a square embattled tower, and contains a Norman font, and part of an ancient carved screen separating the chancel from the nave.

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

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