William White's History, Gazetteer, and Directory of Norfolk 1845[Transcription copyright © Ian Wegg]
SEDGEFORD, a parish and scattered village, in the vale of a small rivulet, between Heacham and Docking, 13 miles N.N.E. of Lynn, has 669 inhabitants, and 4,001 acres, of which, 2,036 acres, with the manor and great tithes, are held of the Dean and Chapter of Norwich, by the Rev. S. C. E. N. Rolfe, M.A., of Heacham Hall. The rest belongs partly to the latter, H. L. S. Le Strange, Esq., Capt. Davy, and several smaller proprietors. The Dean and Chapter are also patrons of the vicarage, valued in K. B. at £8, and in 1831 at £246. It is enjoyed by the Rev. C.F. Millard, of Norwich, with 3½A. of glebe.
The CHURCH (St. Mary,) has a round tower, with an octangular top, and has recently been thoroughly repaired, and the interior fitted with new sittings, &c. The east window has been filled with beautiful stained glass, in various designs, by Mr. Wailes, of Newcastle-on-Tyne.
The Wesleyans have a small chapel here.
A National School has lately been erected by the Rev. S. C. E. N. Rolfe.
The Fuel Allotment, 30A. 10P., was awarded at the enclosure, in 1797. The poor cut furze upon it, and let the right of killing rabbits for £10 a year. They have also a yearly rent-charge of 10s., left by one Mason, and the dividends of £500 three per cent. Consols, left by Mrs. Frances Rolfe, in 1837, for distributions of clothing.
In the parish was anciently a hamlet called Gnatyngdon, or Nettington, held by Godwin Halden, one of the few Saxons who was allowed to keep his land by the Norman Conqueror.
Charlesworth Rev. J. W. curate Crisp Stephen vict., King's Head Gill Elizabeth schoolmaster [sic] Leggitt Paul baker Neave Ann victualler, Buck Onghton John bricklayer & beer hs. [see note below] Read William and Son tailors Rolfe Charles Fawcett Neville, Esq. Sedgeford Hall Smith Stephen beer seller Taylor Thomas basket maker Wethered Mrs. Wright Wm. carpenter & parish clerk Blacksmiths. Jennings Samuel Kendall John FARMERS. Coe Cphr. James Crisp William Evans George Hudson Edw. hind [sic] Jary Hannah Rix George Rix John Rix John, jun. Eton Farm Turner William Wells Cubitt East House Woods Mary Yaxley William Grocers & Drapers. Lambert Jno., jun. Turner Matthew Yaxley Alice Shoemakers. Cooper William Rix Benjamin Watson Robert
Transcription note: This name is probably "Oughton"
See also the Sedgeford parish page.
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