Norfolk: Mattishall


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

[Transcription copyright © Paddy Apling]

MATTISHALL is a large and well built village, and parish, 5 miles E. by S. of East Dereham, and 11 miles W. of Norwich, comprising 1,155 inhabitants and 2,238 acres of land, of which about 900 were inclosed in 1801.

It is in several MANORS: Sir W.R. Clayton is lord of Whinburgh; Lord Wodehouse, of Thuxton-Hall and Barnham-Broom; Edward Lombe, Esq. of Thuxton-Waces; Lord Bayning, of East Tuddenham-Cockfields; T.T. Berney, Esq., of Hockering, and Mattishall-Tuddenham; T.B. Evans, Esq., of North Tuddenham-St. Clere and Bellhouse-hall; and G. Cooper, Esq., of Moutneys.

The CHURCH (All Saints,) stands on an eminence in the centre of the village, and is a large Gothic pile, with six bells and a lofty tower.

The living is a discharged vicarage, valued in the King's Book at £7.7s.3½d., and in 1831, at £469, in the patronage of Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge, to which the corn tithes belong. It is consolidated with the rectory of Pattesley, in the incumbency of the Rev. Thomas Paddon. The vicarage was augmented, in 1738, with £200 of Queen Anne's bounty, and £200 given by the Rev. Edward Brook. Pattesley rectory was augmented with £400 of Queen Anne's bounty, in 1741 and 1744, and £200 given by the Bishop, in 1742. Pattesley is rated to the poor, &c., of Oxwick, in Launditch Hundred, but pays a modus of £8.8s. in lieu of tithes, to the vicar of Mattishall. The £800 obtained as above stated for the augmentation of the joint vicarage and rectory, was laid out in the purchase of an estate of 110A., now let for £140 per annum. Here is also 30A. of glebe. In 1839, the tithes of Mattishall were commuted for the yearly payment of £488.7s. to Gonville and Caius College, and £296.6s. to the vicar.

The FUEL ALLOTMENT awarded at the enclosure, in 1803, contains 61A.1R.7P., let for about £70 a year, which is distributed in coals among the poor parishioners, who have also 17s. yearly, from Mowting's charity. In 1689, MARY THORNTON bequeathed for the poor of Mattishall and Mattishall-Burgh, a house and 8A. of land, now let for £45 a year, which is divided equally between the two parishes. In 1558, THOS. HARLESTONE bequeathed to the poor property, which, with that derived from allotments at the enclosure, now comprises five tenements and about 33 acres of land, let for about £90 a year; to which is added the annual rent charge of £2.5s. left by Robert Harlestone, in the 12th of Elizabeth. Out of this income £1.11s. is paid to the parish clerk; £1.8s.4d. to the poor of Mattishall-Burgh; and 10s. for a sermon; and the residue, after paying incidental expenses, is distributed among the poor of Mattishall.

Before the introduction of machinery, Mattishall was largely engaged in the worsted manufacture. A pleasure fair is held here on the Tuesday, in Rogation week, and a hiring for servants at Michaelmas.

The Post Office is at Mr. W. Harrison's, where letters arrive from East Dereham, at ½ past 10 morning.

         Baker      Mr George Walton
         Blomfield  Mrs Sarah
         Christmas  Mr Samuel
         Donne      Wm. B. Esq.      South Green
         Fisher     Wm.              horse breaker and letter
         Godfrey    Wm.              cooper
         Goldsmith  John             farmer and vict.,
                                       George and Dragon
         Hewett     Mr Chas.
         Horne      Wm.              tailor
         Hoy        Dunham John      watchmaker
         Jewell     James            veterinary surgeon
         Mendham    Wm.              parish clerk
         Moore      Henry            brewer
         Neve       Joseph           cooper
         Norton     Matthew          cabinet maker
         Paddon     Rev.Thomas, M.A. vicar
         Pointer    Geo.             plumber & vict., Swan
         Porter     Mr Wm.
         Rollison   John             earthenware dealer, &c.
         Randall    Robert           bricklayer, &c.
         Richmond   James            working maltster
         Sendall    Mr Rd.
         Vassar     Mr Geo.
         Webster    Wm.              brickmaker, builder, and maltster,
                                       South Green
         Willis     Wm.              police
         Wilson     Rev. Thos. Wm    (Indept.)
         Wyatt      Joseph & Esdaile maltsters and spirit merchants
            Academies.                        FARMERS.
                                          * at South Green
         Kittle     John, (bdg)
         Overton    Clement                Bultitude  James
                                           Culyer     Edward
            Bakers.                        Culyer     George
                                           Culyer     John
         Hatton     Jonthn.               *Edwards    Chas.
         Leamon     John                  *Edwards    C. jun.
         Newman     Thos.                  Gathercole John
                                           Goff       Wm.
            Beer Houses.                  *Gowing     James
                                           Green      Charles, Heath
         Carman     Thos.                  Harrison   Mattw.
         Newman     Thos.                  Keeler     John & Rt.
         Pond       Wm.                    King       Samuel
         Tice       John                   Pitcher    Robert
                                           Sendall    Money
            Blacksmiths.                   Tice       John
                                           Tofts      James
         Dobbs      Wm                     Tooley     Charles
         Flegg      Henry                 *Webster    Wm.
         Howlett    Mary                   Wright     John
                                           Yull       Matthew
                                              Grocers & Drprs.
         Bultitude  Jas
         Philo      Wace                   Alcock     Samuel
         Parrett    Stephen                Hatton     Henry
                                           Keeler     John & Rt.
            Carpenters.                                 insurance agts
                                           Pilch      Wm. (and tailor)
         Abon       Wm.                    Walpole    John Dd.
         Outlaw     Samuel
         Randall    Lnd.                      Plumbers, Painters
         Sharman    Edw.                      & Glaziers.
            Corn Millers.                  Hubbard    John
                                           Pointer    George
         Brassnett  Archibald
         Butter     Wm.                       Saddlers.
         Leamon     John.
                                           Lark       Wm.
                                           Thynne     Robert
                                           Bilham     James
                                           Bowles     John
                                           Harmer     Wm.
                                           Knights    Joseph
                                           Lark       Samuel
                                           Daveney    Horatio
                                           Pitt       John Ballar
                                           Dobbs      Wm.
                                           Sharman    Edw.

COACH to Norwich, 8½ mg., & to Beetley, 6½ evening.

CARRIER to Norwich, Howes Raynes, Wed. and Saturday.

See also the Mattishall parish page.

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