East Harling  Norfolk


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

HARLING (EAST), a small town and a parish in Guiltcross district, Norfolk. The town stands on high ground, adjacent to the river Thet, 1½ mile SE of Harling-Road r. station, and 9 ENE of Thetford; is sometimes called Market-Harling; is a seat of petty sessions; and has a post-office,‡ of the name of East Harling, under Thetford, a banking-office, a church, three dissenting chapels, and a national school. ...

The church is of the 15th century, in good condition; has a lofty tower, with pinnacles and spire; and contains a carved screen, three brasses of the 15th century, and monuments of the Harlings and the Wingfields. A weekly corn-market is held on Tuesday; fairs are held on 4 May, the Tuesday after the 12 Sept., and 24 Oct.; and a manufacture of cloth and linen was formerly carried on. The parish comprises 2,572 acres. Real property, £4,895. Pop., 1,109. Houses, 251. The manor belonged, in the time of the Confessor, to Ketel the Dane; and passed to the Bigods, the Harlings, and the Lovells. The manor-house, East Harling Hall, the seat of Sir T. Lovell who founded Shoreditch nunnery, and built the gate of Lincoln's Inn, is now a ruin. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Norwich. Value, £591. Patron, Mrs. Wilkinson.

East Harling through time

East Harling is now part of Breckland district. Click here for graphs and data of how Breckland has changed over two centuries. For statistics about East Harling itself, go to Units and Statistics.

How to reference this page:

GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of East Harling, in Breckland and Norfolk | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.


Date accessed: 31st July 2021

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