William White's History, Gazetteer, and Directory of Norfolk 1883
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BLO' NORTON was anciently called Norton Bell'eau, from its being situated near the fair stream of the Little Ouse, is in Guiltcross union and hundred, Diss county court district, Ipswich bankruptcy district, Guiltcross and Shropham petty sessional division, and East Harling polling district of South Norfolk, Rockland rural deanery, and Norfolk archdeaconry. It had 243 inhabitants in 1881, living on 1132 acres, and has a rateable value of £1798 10s.
C.B. Goldson, Esq., is lord of the manor, which formerly belonged to the manor of Ely; was granted to William de la Shore, and in 1288 to William de Blow Norton. The present Manor House, erected in 1585, and anciently surrounded by a moat enclosing about seven acres, is now the residence of the rector. The soil belongs to several proprietors. A gold ring and part of an ancient wooden dish, inlaid with mother of pearl, were found here some years ago, on the site of the old manor house of Seymers, which was formerly the seat of the Bramptons, and was burnt down before 1580.
The CHURCH (St. Andrew), a small fabric, with a tower containing five bells, was restored in 1876-9 at a cost of about £700. A stained glass window was inserted in 1876 at the east end by C.B. Goldson and his sister, and the piscina and two sedilia still exist. The Registers date from 1574. Another CHURCH (St. Margaret) stood near St. Andrew's, but was taken down in 1394.
The rectory, valued in the King's Book at £5 6s. 3d., is in the patronage of C.B. Goldson, Esq., and incumbency of the Rev. George Norris, B.A., who was appointed in 1878, and who resides at the Hall, an ancient mansion near the river. The tithes were commuted in 1838 for £330 per annum.
The Independents and Primitive Methodists have each a chapel in the parish. Here is a small National School. The poor cut turf on the Fuel Allotment, 20 acres, awarded at the enclosure in 1822, when the Parish Land was augmented to 18 acres, let for about £25, which is applied with the church and poor rates.
POST, viâ Thetford and East Harling, arrives at 8.30 a.m. Box cleared at 5.5 p.m.; Sundays 10.15 a.m. Hopton is the nearest Money Order Office, and Garboldisham the nearest Telegraph Office.
Bowell Jph. farmer, Button's place
Bowell George farmer
Bryant John farmer & cattle dealer
Chenery Aaron cottager & freeholder
Chenery John farmer, Glebe lands
Chenery Solomon hay dealer
Crowe Malleward frmr. & landowner, Church farm,
and at North Lopham
Davy Thomas farmer & landowner; h Garboldisham
Eavis Henry parish clerk and sexton
Fisher Elijah farmer, Fen farm
Goodchild Mrs Mary clothes dealer
Holden Henry farmer, Clay hall
Holden Jeremiah beerhouse
Norris Rev. George, B.A. rector, The Hall
Notley James grocer & general dealer
Notley Mrs Susanna victualler, Crown & Anchor
Sterry Castle farmer
Sturgeon Thos. bricklayer and farmer
Taylor Mrs John farmer
See also the Blo Norton parish page.
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