"SOMERTON (WEST) village is pleasantly scattered at the foot and on the declivities of a gentle eminence, 9 miles N. by W. of Yarmouth. Its parish contains 248 inhabitants, and upwards of 1100 acres of land. Thomas Grove, Esq., is chief owner, and lord of the manor, . . . Joseph Hume, M.P., and Wm. Rising, Esqrs., have estates here. The Church (St. Mary) is a thatched edifice, . . . The curacy was certified at £16, but it has been aumented with £1600 of Queen Anne's Bounty, and £200 given by Thos. Grove, Esq., the patron and owner of the tithes, in 1825. These sums were laid out in the purchase of land, and the living was valued at £60, in 1831. The tithes were commuted in 1840 for £317. 10s. 6d. per ann. The Rev. Richd. Daniel is the incumbent, and the Rev. J. Morton officiating curate. In the reign of Henry II., Ralph de Granville, Lord Chief Justice of England, founded a Hospital here for lepers, subject to the priory of Butley, in Suffolk." [William White History, Gazetteer, and Directory of Norfolk (1845) - Transcription copyright © Pat Newby]
See also East Somerton.
- In 1883 the parish was in the Deanery of Flegg, in the archdeaconry of Norwich.
It could have been in a different deanery or archdeaconry both before and after this date.
- The parish church is dedicated to St Mary.
- Church of St Mary
- Paintings in the Church.
- Ask for a calculation of the distance from West Somerton to another place.
West Somerton is in West Flegg Hundred.
- Parish outline and location.
- See Parish Map for East Flegg and West Flegg Hundreds
- Description of East Flegg and West Flegg Hundreds
- 1845: White's History, Gazetteer, and Directory of Norfolk
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