Merton (St. Peter)
MERTON (St. Peter), a parish, in the union and hundred of Wayland, W. division of Norfolk, 2¼ miles (S. S. W.) from Watton; containing 164 inhabitants. It comprises 1361a. 1r. 20p., of which 738 acres are arable, 491 pasture, and 86 woodland. The Hall, the seat of Lord Walsingham, is a handsome mansion in the Elizabethan style, containing many stately apartments, some of which are hung with ancient tapestry in good preservation; the park is richly wooded, and much of the timber is of luxuriant growth. The living is a discharged rectory, valued in the king's books at £6. 0. 5.; patron, Lord Walsingham: the tithes have been commuted for £201. 14., and the glebe consists of 25 acres. The church, situated in the park, is an ancient structure with a round tower; the chancel contains several monuments and brasses to the family of De Grey, and in the south window are effigies of St. Edmund, and of Robert Clifton, in stained glass.