Norfolk: Mulbarton


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

[Transcription copyright © Pat Newby]

MULBARTON, a pleasant village, scattered round a verdant green of 47 acres, 5 miles S.S.W. of Norwich, has in its parish 582 inhabitants, and 1348A. of land, belonging chiefly to the Rev. J.H. Steward, Captain Wm. Bellairs, and Messrs. Jas. and John Turner. The first is lord of the manor, for which Thomas de St. Omer obtained from Henry III. the privileges of a fair, (obsolete,) free warren, view of frank-pledge, &c.

The CHURCH (St. Mary Magdalen) is a neat edifice, with a lofty square tower and five bells. It was built by Sir Wm. de Hoo, a great warrior, who died in 1410. It was repaired and beautified in 1815, and has several neat monuments to the families of Rich, Scargill, Frere, Gay, &c. The rectory, valued in the King's Book at £14, and in 1831 at £632, is in the gift of the Rev. J.H. Steward, and incumbency of the Rev. Richd. Gay Lucas, B.A. The tithes were commuted in 1841 for £531. 3s. 3d. per ann.

Kenningham estate, belonging to Mr. John Turner, was anciently a parish, but it was consolidated with Mulbarton, in 1452; and the site of its church is now occupied by a plantation.

Sir Thomas Richardson, lord chief justice of the Common Pleas, in 1626, was born in this parish, where his father was rector.

PETTY SESSIONS are held on the third Monday of every month, at the World's End Inn, where there is an Odd Fellows' Lodge, and a good bowling-green, much resorted to, in summer, by company from Norwich; and throngs of people assemble on the village-green, in Whitsun week, to witness pony and donkey races, and other sports and amusements.

The Church Lands, &c., consist of 2A. 2R., and four old tenements, let for £9. 10s. In 1670, Sir Edwin Rich bequeathed to the poor of this parish £100, of which £90 was laid out in the purchase of 10A. 2R. 24P. of land, now let for £20. 10s. In 1829, the trustees built a house on this land, worth £5 a-year. The rents are distributed on New Year's day.

         Barrell   Samuel          miller
         Bellairs  Capt. William   Lodge
         Blake     John            butcher  [see note below]
         Blake     Rt.             butcher  [see note below]
         Cremer    Charles         miller
         Dye       John            shoemaker
         Fulcher   Saml.           vict. World's End
         Gowing    Saml.           farmer   [see note below]
         Lane      John            farmer   [see note below]
         Lucas     Rev. Richd.
                     Gay, B.A.     Rectory
         Norris    Mr John                  [see note below]
         Norton    Mr Jas.                  [see note below]
         Petchell  Mark Bean       schoolr. & regr
         Petchell  Thomas          tailor
         Rice      Robt.           wheelwright & beerhs
         Rice      James           blacksmith
         Rudd      Robert G.       farmer
         Rudledge  Thomas          tailor
         Squires   Paul, Esq.      Hall
         Todd      John            Post Office
         Turner    James and John  yeomen
         Windett   James           maltster
         Wright    Wm.             tailor

Note: in the original, these are:
     Blake John and Blake Rt. butchers
     Gowing Saml. & Lane John, farmers
     Norris Mr John & Norton Mr Jas.

See also the Mulbarton parish page.

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October 2008