Norfolk: Hoveton St John


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

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HOVETON ST. JOHN, 7½ miles N.E. by N. of Norwich, is a village and parish, in Smallburgh union, Tunstead hundred, North Walsham county court district, Norwich bankruptcy district, Happing and Tunstead petty sessional division, Coltishall polling district of North Norfolk, Norfolk archdeaconry, [and] Tunstead division of Waxham rural deanery.

The rateable value in 1881 was £2127 5s., and gross estimated rental £2437 5s. It had 293 inhabitants in 1881, and comprises 1528A. 0R. 10P. of land, exclusive of a lake or 'broad' of 133 acres, near the river Bure. T. Calthorpe Blofeld, Esq., M.A., is chief owner of the soil, impropriator of the tithes, and lord of the manor. He resides at Hoveton House, a handsome brick mansion, with Grecian pilasters, and an extensive lawn overlooking the Bure.

Wroxham station on the G.E. railway, is in this parish, and was opened October 24, 1874.

The CHURCH stands on an acclivity about half a mile east of the village, and has a brick tower, built in 1765. The east window was filled with stained glass in 1845 by the late Rev. T.C. Blofeld, and new altar rails have been given by the present incumbent. The benefice is a vicarage, commuted at £116 1s. 6d., and consolidated with Hoveton St. Peter, in the patronage of the Bishop of Norwich and incumbency of the Rev. J.B. Meadows, M.A., who has a good vicarage house built in 1882, at a cost of £1500.

The poor have two yearly rent-charges: viz 10s. left by Daniel Morley, in 1727, and 5s. by Edmund Topcliff, in 1674. Four small almshouses, with gardens, have for many years been kept in repair by the Rev. T.J. Blofeld and his ancestors, but there are no documents relating to their foundation.

POST OFFICE at Samuel Walter's. Letters viâ Norwich, arrive at 6 a.m., and despatched at 5.15 p.m. There is also a Pillar Letter Box cleared at 4.30 p.m., and at 12 noon on Sundays.

         Blofeld     Thomas Calthorpe,   barrister-at-law, chancellor of the
                       M.A.                diocese, Norfolk, and recorder of
                                           Ipswich, Hoveton house
         Borroughes  -                   mill manager
         Brooke      Henry               farmer
         Chamberlin  John                farmer
         Cooke       Samuel Benjamin     miller and Horstead
         Cox         John                marshman
         Curtis      Thomas              landowner, parish clk. overseer,
                                           and tax collector
         Fox         John                vict. Black Horse Inn
         Fox         Wm. & John          joiners & builders
         Green       William Fredk.      farmer, owner, brick, &c. maker;
                                           and at Wroxham
         Hargrave    Wm.                 farmer; and Hoveton St. Peter
         Hudson      Norris              farmer & marshman
         Hunter      William             farmer
         Ives        William             shoemaker
         Jimpson     James               vict. King's Head Inn,
                                           and boat owner and letter
         Lockwood    Edward              farmer
         Meadows     Rev. John           vicar (with Hoveton St. Peter),
                       Brewster, M.A.      the Vicarage
         Mitchell    William             farmer
         Moore       James Brett         clerk
         Morter      William             sedge collar maker
         Paddle      Henry               market gardener
         Platten     Charles             farmer
         Royall      Miss Alice          schoolmistress
         Short       Charles             shopkpr. & seed growr
         Spanton     George              blacksmith
         Trower      George              blacksmith
         Underhill   Fras. Gowland       stationmaster, Wroxham Railway
         Waters      Samuel              tailor, shopkeeper, and postmaster
         Whittaker   James Charles       vict, Horse Shoes Inn,
                                           & boat owner & letter
         Wiley       Thomas              butcher, Bure cottage
         Yallop      Robert              farmer

RAILWAY - Wroxham station on G.E.R. trains to Norwich, Aylsham, Cromer, &c.; F.G. Underhill, collector.

See also the Hoveton St John parish page.

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January 2001