Norfolk: Great Snoring


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

[Transcription copyright © Paul Beesley]

SNORING, (GREAT) a parish and considerable village, 2 miles S. of Walsingham, and 3½ miles N.E. by N. of Fakenham, contains about 1,600 acres of land, belonging to several proprietors, -- the largest of whom is John Dugmore, Esq., of Swaffham, the lord of the manor, in which the copyholds are subject to arbitrary fines. The ancient lords were the Burgolyons, Sheltons, and Richardsons. It had 556 inhabitants, in 1841, including 81 in Walsingham Union Workhouse, which is already noticed at page 669 [See North Greenhoe Hundred].

The CHURCH (Virgin Mary,) has a fine tower with one bell, and formerly had a spire. It has some ancient stone stalls, and the effigies of Sir Richard Shelton and his lady, beautifully engraved in brass. The Sheltons built the rectory-house, which is a fine specimen of ornamental brickwork.

The rectory, valued in the King's Book at £24 has 36A. of glebe, and is consolidated with Thursford, in the patronage of St. John's College, Cambridge, and incumbency of the Rev. Cphr. Stannard, B.D., who is lord of a small manor, called Snorings, (fines certain.) The joint livings were valued in 1831 at £610 per annum; and the tithes were commuted in 1840.

The Church Land, 2A. 8P., with a cottage upon it, is let for £5 2s. In 1688, John Pearson, bishop of Chester, left for the poor £20, which was laid out with £20 left by the Rev. Robt. West, in 1676, in the purchase of land, now consisting of 6A. 3R 31P., let for £8 which is distributed in bread and coals. The poor have also the dividends of £209 18s. three per cent. Consols, purchased with £200 left by John Alvis, in 1823.

           Archer      James        farm-bailiff
           Archer      Robert       castrator
           Bray        Benjamin     schoolmaster
           Bushell     Jonas        machine maker
           Claxton     Violet       vict., Three Tuns
           Comer       William      shoemaker
           Cook        David        wheelwright
           Dunn        S.           tailor
           Jackson     Christopher  bricklayer
           Lack        Thomas       shoemaker and victualler, Unicorn
           Plane       John         shoemaker and baker
           Platten     Robert       master of Workhouse
           Savage      Henry        shopkeeper
           Southgate   Chas.        miller & millwrgt.
           Stannard    Rev. Cphr.,
                         B.D.       Rectory
           Girdlestone Rt.
           Granger     Charles
           Loades      Jarrett Pond
         *  are owners
           Bradfield   Charles
         * Bray        William
           Hall        James
           Page        Christopher, Old Hall
           Southgate   Samson
           Southgate   Wm.
         * Ward        Edmund
         * Whistler    John
           Wright      Robert

See also the Great Snoring parish page.

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