Norfolk: Long Stratton St. Mary


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

[Transcription copyright © Ann Duncan]

STRATTON ST. MARY, or LONG STRATTON, is a small Market Town, on the Roman street or way which led to Caistor; being 10 miles S. by W. of Norwich, 9 miles N. by E. of Scole Inn, and 100 miles N.E. of London. Its parish contains 690 inhabitants, and 1517A. of land, including the hamlet of Wood-green, 1 mile E.N.E. of the town, which forms a long street of good houses.

It has a small corn MARKET every Tuesday afternoon, at the Angel Inn, and two FAIRS yearly, on Whit-Tuesday and October 12th, for pedlery, &c. Here is also a Hiring Session on the day before that at Shottisham. The lord of the manor and principal owner of the soil is the Rev. Ellis Burroughes, of Stratton House, a handsome brick mansion on a pleasant eminence. The Hall, which had a deep moat, is now a farm house.

In 1773, several Roman urns were found here in a gravel pit, six feet below the surface; and about a furlong from the town was discovered a hearth, four yards square, and having upon it ashes and burnt earth, three inches deep, with two imperfect copper coins.

The CHURCH (St. Mary,) is a large handsome fabric, with an ancient round tower, containing five bells, and surmounted by a short spire. The tower is much older than the church, the latter being rebuilt about 1330, by Sir Roger de Burgh, and his family, to whom here are many monumental memorials; but all their brasses, except two, are gone. The late rector, who held the living from 1795 till 1842, decorated the east window with stained glass, in 1805. At the east end of the chancel lie the effigies of Judge Reeve and his lady; the former died in 1647, and the latter in 1657.

The rectory, valued in the King's Book at £10, is in the gift of Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge, and incumbency of of the Rev. Fredk. Wm. Hill Jerrard. The glebe is about 40A., and the tithes were commuted in 1838 for £468 per annum.

The Independents and the Methodists have each a chapel in the parish; and Petty Sessions are held at the Swan Inn, every Tuesday. Mr. John. Hotson is clerk to the Magistrates.

The poor have two yearly rent-charges of 26s. each, one left by John Reeve, in 1687, out of the Swan Inn, and the other left by Eliz. Bayspool, out of land at Wacton. They have also a house and 3 roods of land, left by Nicholas Porter, in 1578.

The POST OFFICE, established in 1785, is at Mr. George Barnes', and letters are despatched to London, &c., at nine evening, and to Norwich at half-past four morning.

          Aldis      James              schoolmaster and regr
          Aldis      Mr. Geo.                          [See note below]
          Aldis      Wm.                colt breaker   [See note below]
          Barnes     George             baker & postmaster
          Barton     Henry              surgeon
          Beckwith   Wm. D.             surveyor of taxes
          Brewster   James              gun maker
          Bunn       Henry              blacksmith & ironmgr
          Bunn       Abraham Henry      druggist
          Burgess    Robert             saddler, &c
          Burgess    Margt.             straw hat maker
          Burroughes Rev. Ellis         Stratton Hs.
          Calver     James              solicitor
          Carver     Rev Charles
          Coates     Wm.                hay dealer
          Dix        Jane               dress maker
          Godfrey    Robert             cooper
          Gooch      Wm.                patten maker
          Hooke      Wm.                confectioner, (servants'
                                          register office)
          Hotson     John               solicitor, and Union clerk,
                                          supt. registrar, &c
          Jerrard    Col.and Rev F.W.H.
          Mears      Wm.                hairdresser & glover
          Osborne    James              saddler, &c
          Peck       Edmund             hairdresser & inspector of
                                          weights and measures
          Perfitt    Robert Stephen     auctioneer
          Ringer     Thomas             miller and baker
          Robertson  Wm.                miller
          Smith      Wm.                baker
          Utting     John               surgeon
          Walpole    Jonas              saddler
                             INNS AND TAVERNS.
                     Alborough Honor    Queen's Head
                     Baker     George   Angel (posting)
                     (empty)            Swan Inn
             Beer Houses.                  Bricklayers.
          Breeze     Thomas             Farrow     John
          Everett    Samuel             Howell     George
                                        Perfitt    Jas. & Son (and masons)
             Boot & ShoeMkrs.              Butchers.
          Browne     Robert             Alborough  Chs.
          Springall  Benj.              Fisher     Edward
          Warnes     Charles            Goldspink  Waters
                                        Pottle     Wm.
                          FARMERS (* are owners.)
          Back       Wm. (Hall)         Hotson     Wales
         *Bassingthwaighte John        *Howes      John
          Browne     George             Levell     Richard
         *Bunn       Wm.                Phillippo  Elisha
         *Fryer      Sus.               Tubby      John
          Gilbert    Samuel
             Grocers, &c.                  Plumbers, Glaziers,
                                               & Painters.
          Barnes     John               Baxter     Robert
          Long       Wm.                Fisher     Edward
          Starr      Henry              Reeve      Samuel
          West       John Gill
             Joiners, &c.                  Tailors.
           (* are Wheelgts.)
          Bales      James              Hammond    John
         *Cannell    Henry              Long       Richard
          Field      Robert             Youngman   Wm.
         *Noble      Geo. (& gig maker)

COACHES & the Mail to Norwich & London, daily

CARRIER, Edw. Aldis to Norwich, Wed. & Saturday

Note: In the original this is:

Aldis Mr. Geo.||Wm. colt breaker

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July 2001