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HARLING (EAST) or MARKET HARLING is a parish and small market town in Guiltcross hundred and union, diocese of Norwich, archdeaconry of Norfolk, rural deanery of Rockland, and Attleborough county court district, South Norfolk, distant 21 miles S.W. from Norwich, and 9 N.E. from Thetford. The Harling Road station on the Great Eastern line is l½ miles W. The parish contains an area of 2,500 acres, mostly belonging to C. T. M. Montgomerie, Esq., who is also lord of the manor. The Earl of Albemarle, Thomas Thornhill, Esq., and others have estates here. The corn market is held every Tuesday. The fairs for cattle are held on May 4th, and October 24th; fairs for sheep the first Tuesday after September 12th. Petty sessions are held at the police station the first Tuesday in the month. The church of St. Peter and St. Paul is situated at the west entrance to the town. Harling chapel, at the south entrance of the church, is a fine Gothic structure, and in the buildings are eighteen windows of corresponding architectural style. The interior contains, among others, effigies of Sir Robert Harling and his lady. The living is a rectory, annual value £523, in the gift of Mrs. Wilkinson, and held by her husband, the Rev. Thomas Boston Wilkinson, The Society of Friends have a neat place of worship. The Wesleyans and Primitive Methodists have chapels here; also a school under government inspection. The population in 1871 was 1,120. [J. G. Harrod & Co.‘s Royal County Directory of Norfolk with Lowestoft in Suffolk, 1877.]

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