William White's History, Gazetteer, and Directory of Norfolk 1845[Transcription copyright © Ann Duncan]
TASBURGH, 8 miles S. of Norwich, is a village, on the abrupt acclivities at the confluence of three streams which form the small river Tas, Taus, or Tau, which flows southward to Norwich, and was once navigable up to the Roman siation [sic] here, called Ad Taum, occupying the summit of a lofty entrenched hill, which commands an extensive view of the surrounding country.
The entrenchment is of a square form, containing an area of 24 acres; and the foss and vallum may still be traced. In the centre of it stands the Church (Virgin Mary,) which has a round tower with four bells, and is said to have been built in 1380.
The rectory, valued in the King's Book at £8, is in the incumbency of the Rev. H. E. Preston, and patronage of Isaac Jermy, Esq., the lord of the manor, (fines arbitrary.)
The parish contains 527 inhabitants, and about 870A. of land, belonging to several proprietors, one of whom is William Gwyn, Esq., who has a pleasant seat called Tasburgh Lodge. The tithes were commuted in 1831, for £278 per annum.
The Rectory House, is a handsome mansion, erected a [sic] years ago, of white brick. Among the Roman coins found here at various periods, are several inscribed "IC. DURO. T."
The Poor's Land, 9A. 1R., is let for £13. 5s., a year, which is distributed in clothing and blankets. The Fuel Allotment, 6A. 2R. 14P., awarded at the enclosure, is let for £9 10s. a year, which is distributed in coals. The poor have also a yearly rent-charge of 40s., left by Robert Meek, in 1598; the dividends of £356. 15s. 6d. new 3½ per cents., left by Thomas Clabburn, in 1815; and the dividends of £45 three per cent. Consols, left by Miss Bateman, in 1828.
Archer Charlotte tea dealer Cannell James beer seller Carpenter John butcher Cooper Mrs. Jane Grove Cottage Dye Samuel wheelwright and vict. Horse Shoes George Zachariah corn miller Gooch James schoolmaster Gwyn Wm., Esq. Tasburgh Lodge Holt Thomas National School Howlett David wheelwright Jacobs Stephen butcher Moore William vict. Bird in Hand Preston Rev. Hy. Edmund Rectory Warne Thomas gentleman Webster Isaac maltster FARMERS. Gore Robert Millett Adam Seaman John Smith Wm. Spurdeus Wm. Stimpson John Blacksmiths. Cooper Sarah Duffin Henry Shoemakers. Alexander Stpn. Garrard B. shopr. Warne Richard
See also the Tasburgh parish page.
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