Norfolk: Horsford


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

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HORSFORD, on the Holt road, 4 miles N.N.W. of Norwich, is a parish in St. Faith's union, Taverham hundred and petty sessional division, Norwich county court district, Norwich bankruptcy district, St. Faith's polling district of South Norfolk, Taverham rural deanery, and Norwich archdeaconry. It had 697 inhabitants in 1881, living on 4177 acres of land, and has a rateable value of £3895. Only 1203 acres are titheable. About 600 acres form a sterile heath, partly cultivated and planted, and enclosed in 1802, when 208A. 3R. 12P. were set out as a Fuel Allotment.

Sir Thomas B. Lennard, Bart., is lord of the manor, in which the fines are certain; and Viscount Ranelagh, Gerard James Day, Esq., the Great Hospital, Norwich, and a few smaller owners, have estates here. The ancient lords of the manor (Barons Dacre) had a castle here, and there are still traces of its foundations and moat.

The CHURCH (All Saints) is a very ancient edifice, mostly Early English, comprising nave, north aisle, chancel, and square tower with one bell. The chancel arch, which was very rude and evidently of great antiquity, has been rebuilt. It was refitted with open seats, pulpit, and reading desk, in 1862, and was further restored in 1869 and 1881. It contains several marble tablets of the Day and Crowe families, a piscina, a handsomely carved screen, and a curious old font supposed to be of Norman workmanship.

Viscount Ranelagh is impropriator of the great tithes, and patron of the discharged vicarage, which was valued in the King's Book at £4 5s. 2d., and augmented, in 1793, with £200 of Queen Anne's Bounty. The Rev. Josiah Descarrires Ballance, M.A., who is also incumbent of Horsham St. Faith's, is the Vicar, and has a neat residence, surrounded by well-wooded grounds. The glebe is 150 acres, and the tithes were commuted in 1841 - the vicarial for £101 4s., and the rectorial for £128 7s. 6d.

The Wesleyan Chapel was built in 1862, by Mr. Philip Blyth, at a cost of £160, in lieu of the old chapel, which was purchased in 1856 by J. Day, Esq., and converted into a National School; but a new School, with teacher's house, was built in 1865, which is attended by about 100 children.

POST OFFICE at Mr. Samuel Beare's. Letters received at 6.50 p.m., and despatched at 5 p.m. Nearest Money Order Office and Telegraph Office at Drayton.

         Alexander Henry             baker & shopkeeper
         Andrews   Lewis             shoemaker
         Bacon     George            farmer
         Baker     James             farmer and beer house, the Flagcutters
         Barrett   James             shoemaker
         Barrett   Juniper           farmer and owner
         Barrett   Richard           farmer
         Barrett   Samuel            farmer
         Barrett   Thomas            vict. the Brickmakers
         Beare     Saml.             shopkpr. & sub-postmaster
         Bowman    James             farmer
         Bunn      Jas. Wm.          farmer, the Dock farm
         Bunn      John              builder
         Cannell   Isaac             butcher
         Chapman   James             coachbuilder
         Chapman   Lewis             coach & carriage buildr
         Cook      Robins            farmer; h Horsham St. Faith's
         Cook      Wm. Warner        farmer; h Horsham St. Faith's
         Day       Gerard Jas. Esq.  Horsford house
         Ellis     William           vict. the Spotted Dog
         Fenton    Miss Frances      schoolmistress
         Golding   Miss Ann          farmer
         Golding   Robert            farmer, Botany Bay farm; h Hainford
         Gowing    Edward Sayers     farmer, the Park farm
         Greeves   George            farmer, Heath farm
         Greeves   William           farmer
         Howard    Mr Hezekiah
         Howe      William           builder
         Ingledow  John              blacksmith
         Laws      Robt.             farmer and vict. the Crown
         March     Jermh.            carpenter & wheelwright
         March     William           farmer
         Morley    Rbt.              corn miller; h Hevingham
         Pratt     Mrs Sophia
                     Charlotte       farmer, the Poplars
         Pratt     Mr William
         Printer   Frederick George  dealer
         Pye       Abraham           baker and shopkeeper
         Rice      James             farmer
         Smith     Elijah            farmer
         Utting    William           farmer
         Wade      John              blacksmith
         Walker    Ezra              carpenter & wheelwright
         Wilson    William           butcher

CARRIERS.- - Laxton, from and to Aylsham and Norwich, Mon., Wed., and Sat.; - Easton, between Aylsham and Norwich, Wed. and Sat.


In Directory, take out 'Morley Robert,' 'Rice James,' 'Beare Samuel;'
insert 'Thurgar J.W. shopkeeper,' and 'Woodrow E. corn miller.'

See also the Horsford parish page.

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December 2014