In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described Narford like this:
NARFORD, a parish in Swaffham district, Norfolk; on the river Nar, 1¾ mile E of Narborough r. station, and 4¾ N W of Swaffham. Post-town, Brandon, under Swaffham. Acres, 2, 396. Real property, £1,783. Pop., 128. Houses, 23. The property is divided among a few. The manor, with Narford Hall, belongs to the Fountaine family. ...
The Hall was built by Sir Andrew Fountaine, the antiquary, and the friend of Pope; is a handsome edifice, in well-wooded grounds, with a small lake; and contains a fine collection of paintings and articles of vertu. A considerable village once existed in the parish, and was a market-town; but hascompletely disappeared. Roman coins have been found. The living is a vicarage, annexed to the rectory of Narborough, in the diocese of Norwich. The church is anold building, of different dates; and has a tower. Achapel, dedicated to St. Thomas æ Becket, once stoodon an eminence.
GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Narford, in Breckland and Norfolk | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.
Date accessed: 27th April 2017
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