Norfolk: Ashby St Mary


William White's History, Gazetteer, and Directory of Norfolk 1883

[Transcription copyright © Richard Johns]

ASHBY, 7½ miles S.E. by E. of Norwich, and 3 N.N.W. of Loddon, is a parish in Loddon union, Norwich county court district and bankruptcy district, Loddon petty sessional division and hundred, Loddon polling district of South Norfolk, and West Brooke rural deanery and Norwich Archdeaconry.

It had 200 inhabitants in 1881, living on 488 acres, and has a rateable value of £1071, and a gross estimated rental of £1166. The trustees of the late Robert Gilbert, Esq., are the principal owners of the soil, but Sir Charles H.S. Rich, Bart., is lord of the manor. Ashby Hall is a handsome modern residence of white brick, situated on an eminence, and commands extensive views.

The CHURCH (St. Mary) is a long structure of brick, flint, and rubble, and consists of nave, chancel, south porch, and square embattled tower with three bells. The south doorway is of pure Norman character, with well executed chevron and other mouldings.

Sir Charles H.S. Rich, Bart., and Sir Reginald William Proctor-Beauchamp, Bart., are patrons of the living (the former has the next turn), which is a rectory, valued in the King's Book at £6, consolidated with Carleton-St.-Peter. The rectory house stands in this parish, and was built in 1858, at a cost of £900. The tithes of Ashby were commuted in 1840 for £172 a year, and here are 28 acres of glebe.

POST from Norwich, via Thurton.

         Cooper     Mrs. C.B.         The Lodge
         Burroughs  Daniel            miller and farmer
         Cotton     John              farmer
         Daines     Stephen           farmer
         Fisher     George Basey      farmer
         Forder     John              market gardener
         Frost      Joseph            pig dealer and gardener
         Hawkins    John              market gardener
         Hurry      William           parish clerk, sexton, and shoemaker
         Shreeve    Benjamin          farmer
         Smith      John Freeman      shopkeeper
         Smith      Wm.               dairyman & mrkt. gardenr
         Starling   James             farmer
         Whiles     Samuel            market gardener
         Whitmarsh  Rev. Robert Thos. rector of Ashby-with-Carleton-St.-Peter
         Worts      Thos. jun.        farmer, The Hall


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November 1999