Norfolk: Norton Subcourse


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

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NORTON-SUBCOURSE is a parish of scattered houses, in the vale of a rivulet, 3 miles E. of Loddon. It is in Loddon and Clavering union and petty sessional division, Beccles county court district, Clavering hundred, Norfolk archdeaconry, and East Brooke rural deanery. The rateable value is £2937. It had 359 inhabitants in 1881, and comprised 1869 acres of land, belonging chiefly to Sir W.B. Smijth [sic], Bart., and partly to the Rev. R.C. Denny, Mr. James Bexfield, and a few smaller owners. It is in two manors, of which Sir W.B. Smijth, Bart., and Nicholas Bacon, Esq., are lords.

The CHURCH (St. Mary) is a long, ancient structure of flint and rubble, and comprises nave, chancel, and low tower with four bells. In the chancel are three canopied sedilia and a double piscina. Most of the windows are of the Early Decorated period, and contain some fragments of stained glass.

The tithes have been commuted - the rectorial for £181, and the vicarial for £161 10s. per annum. There is an old Bible in which is bound a service of thanksgiving for the use of persons (supposed) to be cured of diseases by the king's touch. The Register dates from 1561. Sir H.H. Bacon is impropriator of the great tithes, and patron of the discharged vicarage, which was augmented in 1817 with a Parliamentary grant of £600, and £400 given by the patron and incumbent. It is now in the incumbency of the Rev. William Rimington, B.A., who has a neat residence here.

The NATIONAL SCHOOL is a neat red brick structure with residence attached, and was built in 1857, at the expense of the late Sir Edmund Bacon, Bart. It is attended by 50 children.

The Church Land, 6A. 2R. 22P., was received at the enclosure in exchange for the old Town Lands. At the same time (1822) eight perches were allotted for the site of a school, and 8A. 2R. 8P. for the poor. The latter is let for an average of £20, which, after the payment of rates, is distributed in coals amongst the poor.

POST OFFICE, MONEY ORDER OFFICE, and SAVINGS BANK, at Mr. Arthur Yallop's. Letters from Norwich, viâ Loddon, arrive at 7.40 a.m., and depart at 3.5 p.m.

         Andrews    John           farmer
         Andrews    Richard        farmer and parish constable
         Barber     Jonathan       market gardener
         Benns      John           cowkeeper
         Bexfield   Mrs Margaret
         Bexfield   Thomas James   farmer; h Thorpe hall
         Chenery    George         grocer and draper
         Curtis     James          blacksmith
         Disney     William        farmer, Norton hall
         Evans      William        wheelwright
         Edwards    James          butcher
         Galer      Robert         market gardener
         Greengrass Joseph         farmer
         Hayward    Nelson Hylton  frmr. Carr hs
         Holland    John           deputy parish clerk
         Nursey     Benjamin       farmer & assistant overseer
         Nursey     Robert         farmer
         Reeve      James          marshman
         Reeve      Wm.            cowkeeper and marshman
         Rimington  Rev. William,
                      B.A.         vicar, Vicarage
         Roberts    James          market gardener
         Scarll     James          carpenter
         Shardlow   Thomas         farmer
         Shepherd   James          vict. Cockatrice Inn, and corn, coal,
                                     &c. merchant and maltster, Staithe
         Warner     Miss Clara     schoolmistress
         Wentworth  William        victualler, Swan Inn, and plumber, &c.
         Wigg       Mr George
         Yallop     Arthur         grcr. drpr. & postmstr.
         Yallop     Fredk. William shoemaker

See also the Norton Subcourse parish page.

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May 2010