"BURGH CASTLE, a parish in the hundred of Mutford and Lothlingland, in the county of Suffolk, 4 miles to the S.W. of Great Yarmouth, its post town. The village, which is one of the most romantic and ancient in the county, is situated on the E. side of the river Waveney, which here meets the Yare, and expands N. of the village into Breydon Water. The Great Eastern and Norfolk railway runs near the village. This place was the site of an extensive Roman station, called Garianonum, some ruins of which still exist. Coins, weapons, and other relics have been found. Here was also a small monastery, founded before the Conquest by an Irish monk, named Fursaeus. The manor was anciently held by the crown. The living is a rectory* in the diocese of Norwich, value 400, in the patronage of the lord chancellor. The tithes have been commuted. The church, which is a small ancient edifice, with thatched roof and an embattled tower, is dedicated to St. Peter, and has been recently restored. It is said to have been built of the materials of the Roman fortress, and the interior is fitted with a handsome pulpit and reading desk of carved oak. The schools were built by subscription in 1836. There is an allotment for the benefit of the poor, worth about 30 a year."

Description(s) from The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland (1868)
Transcribed by Colin Hinson © 2003



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