Norfolk: Swanton Morley


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

SWANTON-MORLEY is a considerable village of detached houses, nearly 4 miles N.E. of East Dereham, comprising in its parish 779 inhabitants, and 2,649A. 13P. of land, belonging to a number of proprietors, the largest of whom is Edward Lombe, Esq., the lord of the manor, which is on fine arbitrary, and has a court baron in Nov. The ancient lords were the Beaufoes, Morles, and Parkers.

The CHURCH (All Saints) stands on an eminence, and has a lofty square tower with five bells. The rectory, valued in the King's Book at £15. 10s. 2d., is consolidated with Worthing, in the gift of E. Lombe, Esq., and incumbency of the Rev. Henry Tacey. The joint rectories were valued in 1831, at £922 per annum. Thomas Barret bequeathed, many years ago, a yearly rent-charge of £24, for repairing the church and relieving the poor.

The Wesleyans have a small chapel here.

The Town Lands, 52A., are let for £106 per annum, half of which is applied in the service of the church, and the other moiety is distributed in blankets and calico among the poor. In 1654, William Small, charged his lands, called Eye Park, in Suffolk, with the yearly payment of £10, for schooling and apprenticing poor children of this parish. In 1792, Robert Freeman left an annuity of 21s., for a distribution of bread on Easter Sunday.

         Anderson  Geo.         brickmaker
         Ayres     John         blacksmith
         Bensley   John         carpenter
         Brunting  James        blacksmith
         Brunting  Philip       blacksmith
         Daynes    Fras.        miller and baker
         Harrold   Geo.         bricklayer
         Hubbard   Wm.          shoemaker
         Neale     Thos.        wheelwright
         Pearse    Thos.        beerhouse
         Rump      Mrs
         Sharman   Jas.         shopkeeper
         Smith     John         shopkeeper
         Springall Chas.        bricklayer
         Tacey     Rev Henry    Rectory
            INNS AND TAVERNS
         Angel                  (empty)
         Cherry Ground          Benj. Large [see note below]
         Dial                   John Marjoram
         Paper Makers Arms      John Canham
         Branford  Benj.        Lucas     Robert
         Fox       Thomas       Mack      Thos., Park
         Freeman   Wm.          Mayes     Cath.
         Green     Soames       Parsons   George
         Ling      William      Rump      Thomas

Note: In the original this is Grouud.

See also the Swanton Morley parish page.

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