Norfolk: Scoulton


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

[Transcription copyright © Pat Newby]

SCOULTON parish, from 3 to 5 miles W. [sic] of Watton, is in Wayland union, hundred, and petty sessional division, Attleborough county court district, Watton polling district of West Norfolk, Lynn bankruptcy district, Breccles rural deanery, and Norwich archdeaconry. It had 326 inhabitants in 1881, living on 2193 acres, and has a rateable value of £3084 15s. The soil belongs to several owners, the largest of whom are Mrs. Julia Clarke, lady of Oldlands Manor; John Weyland, Esq., lord of Newlands Manor; Henry Hemsworth, Esq., lord of Scoulton Hall Manor; and Trustees of the late Richard Dewing, Esq.

The CHURCH (Holy Trinity) comprises nave, aisles, chancel, south porch, and massive square tower, with octagonal belfry and three bells. The discharged rectory, valued in the King's Book at £10 4s. 2d., is in the patronage of John Weyland, Esq., and incumbency of the Rev. Henry Johnson, B.A., who has 54 acres of glebe, a yearly tithe rent-charge of £450, awarded in 1840, and a good residence built in 1833, at a cost of £1000.

The SCHOOL, a neat thatched building, erected by John Weyland, Esq., in 1841, is attended by 60 children.

The Primitive Methodists have a chapel here.

Scoulton Mere, a fine sheet of water, two miles in circumference, has in its centre a small swampy island, and is frequented, from March to July, by many thousand black-headed or laughing gulls (Larus ridibundus), which are useful in clearing the land of insects. Their eggs are gathered and sold by the proprietor, John Weyland, Esq., and are considered a great delicacy.

This parish was formerly entitled to send a free scholar to the Grammar School at Hingham (see p.323 [which is the entry for Hingham]).

The Fuel Allotment, awarded at the enclosure in 1807, is 39A. 1R. 6P. let for £40.

LETTERS through Thetford. The nearest Money Order Office is at Hingham, Attleborough.

Marked * address Hingham, Attleborough.

           Brasnett   Thomas Rowing     farmer, Weyland farm
           Brown      James             mere keeper to John Weyland, Esq.
           Clarke     Abner             shoemaker
           Cocking    Thomas            shoemaker
           Durrant    Charles           farmer
           Grant      -                 gamekeeper to John Tucker
           Hardy      James             woodman
           Harvey     George            farmer
           Horlock    Rev. Geo.         curate in charge, The Rectory
           Johnson    Rev. Henry, B.A.  rector, Gurney's manor, Hingham
           Lebbell    Isaac             blacksmith, overseer, assessor,
                                          and collector of taxes
           Norton     John              farmer, Hall farm
           Nurse      Wm.               vict. Day's Arms, & frmr
           Pelly      John R. &
                        Mrs Frances     master and mistress National school
           Rushbrook  Alban             fmr.; h Gt. Ellnghm
         * Tingey     John Thomas       farmer
           Tufts      Jno. Cross        hawker & parish clk
           Tufts      Josiah            hurdle maker
           Tyrrell    Hy. Robt.         baker, grocer & fmr


For 'Rev. Henry Johnson, B.A.,' read 'Rev. Henry Robert Arthur Johnson, M.A.'

See also the Scoulton parish page.

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July 2000