Melton Constable  Norfolk


In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described Melton Constable like this:

MELTON-CONSTABLE, a parish in Erpingham district, Norfolk; 5½ miles SW by S of Holt, and 6 NE of Ryburgh r. station. It includes the hamlet or quondam parish of Burgh-Parva; and its Post town is Briston, under Thetford. Acres, 2,710. Real property, £2,429. Pop., 118. Houses, 19. The property belongs to Lord Hastings. ...

The manor was given, by William the Conqueror, to the Bishop of Thetford; was held, under the Bishop, by Roger de Lyons; continued to be held by his descendants, who assumed the name of Mealton, with sometimes the affix of.De Constable, in allusion to their office under the Bishop; and passed, several centuries ago, to the Astleys. Melton Hall is the seat of Lord Hastings; was built in 1680, by Sir J. Astley; is a handsome square edifice of brick and stone, with four fronts, and with an elegant interior; includes an ornate domestic chapel; and stands in a fine park, about 4 miles in circuit, containing a tower which commands a charming view of the surrounding country to the sea. A small house of industry stands within the parish; serves, under. Gilbert's act, for Melton-Constable and Brinton; and, at the census of 1861, had 9 inmates. The living is a rectory, united with the rectory of Burgh-Parva, in the diocese of Norwich. Value, £219. Patron, Lord Hastings. The church consists of nave and chancel, with a central tower.

Melton Constable through time

Melton Constable is now part of North Norfolk district. Click here for graphs and data of how North Norfolk has changed over two centuries. For statistics about Melton Constable itself, go to Units and Statistics.

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GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Melton Constable in North Norfolk | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.


Date accessed: 08th July 2020

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