Norfolk: Moulton St Michael


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

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MOULTON St. MICHAEL, or Great Moulton, is a parish, 9 miles N.N.E. of Diss, 6 miles E. by N. of New Buckenham, and about 2 miles from Tivetshall and Forncett railway stations, in Depwade union and hundred, and petty sessional division, Wymondham county court district, Norwich bankruptcy district, Stratton polling district of South Norfolk, Depwade rural deanery, and Norfolk archdeaconry. It had 359 inhabitants in 1881, living on 1347 acres of land, and has a rateable value of £2442.

The parish was anciently in two parishes, called Great and Little Moulton, but the church of the latter (All Saints) was demolished in 1570, and its site is now called the Sanctuary. Messrs. Thomas and Edward Betts are lords of the manor of Moulton, but part of the parish is in the manors of Aslacton and Forncett. The soil belongs to Mrs. Copeman, Edward Betts, Esq., and some smaller owners.

The CHURCH (St. Michael) is a small fabric, with nave, chancel, north aisle, and porch, and was restored and reseated in 1863. In the churchyard near the west end of the church, is a fine altar tomb of the 15th century.

The living is a rectory, valued in the King's Book at £6 13s. 4d., and now having 20 acres of glebe, and a yearly rent-charge of £460, awarded in 1840, in lieu of tithes. The rectory house is a splendid mansion in the Italian style, with extensive grounds and gardens, and was erected in 1831, regardless of cost, by the patron's brother. The drawing-room is an elegant apartment, with elaborately painted walls. C.W. Chute, Esq., is patron, and the Rev. Edward Russell Chute, B.A., J.P., incumbent.

The National School was built in 1874, with accommodation for 70 children.

The Town Land, 10A. 14P., is let for £20. Three acres of it were allotted at the enclosure, and part of the remainder was left in 1520, by the Rev. Richard Drake. In 1731 Samuel Hammond left £20 for the poor, and it was laid out in building a cottage, but the churchwardens distribute the interest yearly in bread.

POST OFFICE at George Aldis's. Letters arrive at 8.30 a.m., and are despatched at 4.50 p.m., viâ Long Stratton, which is the nearest Money Order and Telegraph Office.

         Aldis       George              postmaster & psh. clerk
         Arterton    George              fish hawker
         Bales       James               farmer
         Betts       Edward              farmer and owner
         Bush        Mrs.                shopkeeper
         Cadman      Samuel
         Chute       Rev. Edward Russell,
                       B.A. J.P.         The Rectory
         Cole        Alfred              farmer
         Constable   James               blacksmith
         Elvin       Robert              shopkeeper
         Feavearyear George              farmer
         Fish        John                farmer
         Gallant     James               farmer
         Gallant     Thomas              farmer
         Guyton      Samuel              hawker
         Herne       James               farmer and bricklayer
         Herne       James, jun.         farmer
         Howell      Frederick           farmer
         Howlett     Robert              farmer
         Kemp        Mrs Mary Anne
         Kett        Alfred John Browne  farmer and Tibenham
         King        Mrs Mary            farmer and owner
         Land        John                farmer
         Levett      Miss                schoolmistress
         Leighton    Ellis               vict. Fox & Hounds
         Mann        John                farmer; h Wacton Hall
         Martin      George              farmer
         Neave       Riches              farmer and owner
         Potter      Robert              bricklayer
         Potter      Thomas              carpenter and wheelwright
         Potter      Thomas John         carpenter
         Smith       Isaac               farmer
         Smith       Robert              farmer
         Smith       William George      farmer
         Spicer      Robert              farmer
         Stimpson    Edmund              tailor
         Talbot      Robert              carpenter & vict. The New Inn

See also the Moulton St Michael parish page.

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January 2006