Attleburgh in 1835
ATTLEBURGH, a town in Norfolk, in the hundred of Shropham, on the high road from London to Norwich, through Thetford ; 14 miles from Thetford, 14 from Norwich, and 94 from London.
It is now a small and unimportant place, but appears to have been of some consequence in former ages, though its origin and early history are involved in considerable obscurity. The church tower is old, being part of the church originally built here ; but the remainder of the edifice is of later date, and in the decorated English style, with some fine windows and excellent details. It is a cross church, and was collegiate. The foundation of the college was designed by Sir Robert de Mortimer, in the time of Richard II, and carried into effect by his executors or trustees in the time of Henry IV. It consisted of a master, warden, and four secular priests.
Attleburgh has three fairs in the year ; and a market every Thursday. There are places of worship for Methodists and Baptists. The population in 1831 was 1,939.