Martham (St. Mary)

MARTHAM (St. Mary), a parish, in the East and West Flegg incorporation, hundred of West Flegg, E. division of Norfolk, 9 miles (N. W.) from Yarmouth; containing 1032 inhabitants. It comprises 2526a. 2r. 20p., of which 1675 acres are arable, and 851 pasture; the surface is varied, and of pleasing character, enlivened by an extensive lake interspersed with islets. The river North bounds the parish on the north. A pleasure-fair is held on the last Tuesday and Wednesday in July. The living is a discharged vicarage, in the patronage of the Dean and Chapter of Norwich (the appropriators), valued in the king's books at £6. 13. 4.; net income, £247: the glebe comprises 10 acres, with a house. The church is a handsome structure in the later English style, with a lofty embattled tower surmounted by a small spire; the windows contain some remains of ancient stained glass, and the font is richly sculptured. There are places of worship for Baptists and Wesleyans. Thirty-six acres of land, allotted at the inclosure, are let for £45 per annum, for the benefit of the poor, who also have some small bequests.

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

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