William White's History, Gazetteer, and Directory of Norfolk 1845[Transcription copyright © Pat Newby]
ROUGHAM is a small but pleasant village, 14 miles E. of Lynn, and 8 miles N. of Swaffham. Its parish contains 367 inhabitants, and 2,520 acres of land, in four farms, belonging to Frederick North, Esq,. of Hastings, whose ancestors were formerly seated here in a handsome hall, of which nothing now remains but some of the foundation walls, though the surrounding pastures still retain a park-like appearance, studded with many stately trees. Of this family was the eminent Lord Chief Justice North; and here was also seated a branch of the Yelvertons, afterwards Earls of Sussex, one of whom was Sir Wm. Yelverton, Lord Chief Justice, in the reign of Elizabeth.
The CHURCH, dedicated to St. Mary, has several monuments, with some fine brasses, of these and other families; and over its west door is a mutilated piece of antique sculpture, representing the crucifixion, with figures of angels, &c., under a Gothic canopy. In the windows are some fragments of stained glass. The vicarage, valued in the King's Book at £1. 8s. 6½d., and in 1831, at £206, was augmented in 1762-7 with £400 of Queen Anne's bounty. The patronage is in the Crown, and the Rev. John Smith, of Newhaven, is the incumbent. The rectorial tithes belong to the owner of the soil.
The parish participates in the Free School at Great Massingham. The POST OFFICE is at the Crown Inn, where the Mail Gig, from Swaffham to Fakenham, &c., arrives and departs daily.
Chapman James blacksmith Chilvers Geo. blacksmith Hudson Robt. shoemaker Manning Edwd. cattle dealer; Rayner James vict,. Crown Inn Santy George butcher Sculfer Geo. shoemaker shopkeepers farmers Coe John Coe Ann Frost Geo. Matthew Norman Lyng John Ringer Thos. Parnell Robert Whaites Chas.
See also the Rougham parish page.
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