Norfolk: Hemsby


William White's History, Gazetteer, and Directory of Norfolk 1845

HEMSBY, or Hemesby parish, extends to the sea, and has a pleasant village, on a declivity, half a mile from the beach, and 6 miles N. by W. of Yarmouth. It has 608 inhabitants, and 1627 acres of land, belonging to a number of proprietors, among whom are Thomas Clowes, Esq., Mrs. Glasspoole, and Robert Copeman, Esq. The latter resides in the Hall, and is patron of the Church and lord of the manor, which anciently belonged to Norwich Cathedral; for we find that the prior, in the reign of Henry III., claimed homage of the tenants, and gave two palfreys to have a market; and in the 32nd of Edward I., he claimed here "wreck at sea, view of frankpledge, assize, free-warren, pillory, and tumbrel."

The Church (St. Mary) is a vicarage, valued in the King's Book at £4. 6s. 8d., and in 1831, at £180; and now enjoyed by the Rev. Robt. Hales, M.A., of Herringswell, Suffolk. The corn tithe is mostly redeemed, and the glebe is 36A.

The old Poor's Land, 10 acres, was exchanged, at the enclosure, in 1810, for an allotment of 10A. 22P., which is let, in small lots, to the poor, at rents amounting to about £16 a year, which is divided in small sums on Plough Monday. The Poor's Allotment, awarded in 1810, consists of 15A. 3R. 35P., let for about £30 a year, which is distributed in coals, together with £2, the rent of 2R. 30P., allotted to a cottage, formerly used as a poor-house.

The National School, with a house for the teachers, was built in 1841, chiefly at the expense of R. Copeman, Esq. It is attended by about 100 children.

         Bellman    Rev Augs.     curate, Vicarage
         Bishop     John          gentleman
         Boulton    Robert        gardener
         Copeman    Robt. Esq.    Hemsby Hall
         Copeman    Robt. jun.    Hemsby Lodge
         Daniel     Benj.         beerhouse, Cliff
         Dow        Samuel        blacksmith
         Emmerson   George        wheelwright
         Ferrier    Mrs Elizabeth
         Grymes     James         shoemaker
         Gunn       Henry         grocer and draper
         Hind       Robert        National School
         Johnson    Richard       blacksmith
         Lound      John          shoemaker
         Myhill     Wm.           gardener
         Page       John          bricklayer and beerhs
         Parish     Mrs Elizabeth
         Starling   George        corn miller
         Thurtle    Thomas        vict. Blue Bell
         Waller     John          surgeon
         Woolston   George        joiner, &c.
         Bowers     Thos.         Juby       William
         Dunham     J.            Johnson    Richard
         Durrant    Edmund        Littlewood John
         English    Thos.         Pettingill Edmd.
         Gallant    James         Shilcock   Cubit
         Gibson     Benj.         Turner     George
         Green      Robert        Watson     Robert
         Harbord    Griffin       Wilson     Mark

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March 2004