Norfolk: Thorpe Abbotts


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

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THORPE ABBOTS, 5 miles W.S.W. of Harleston, has in its parish 281 souls, and 1123 acres of land, anciently held by the abbots of Bury St. Edmund, and now belonging to several owners, the largest of whom are the Rev. E. Holland, (lord of the manor,) and the wife of Edw. Bridgman, Esq., owner of the Hall estate. The Cornwallis family were formerly lords of the manor.

The CHURCH (All Saints,) has a tower, half round and half octangular. The benefice is a discharged rectory, valued in the King's Book at £6, and now having a yearly rent of £335, awarded in 1838, in lieu of tithes. J.P. Reade, Esq., is patron, and the Rev. Wm. Wallace, B.A., is the incumbent, and has lately built a neat parsonage house.

The Town Land, 2A. 3R. 1P., given by an unknown donor, is let for £4, which is carried to the poor rates. At the enclosure, in 1803, an allotment of 42A. 2R. 31P., was awarded to the lord of the manor, subject to the yearly payment of £5, for distribution in coals among the poor.


         Chenery  John            wheelwright
         Rayner   Robert Raymond  vict. Lion
         Wallace  Rev. W., B.A.   Rectory
         Blackner John
         Smith    J.
         Paul     Joseph
         Brigham  Jas.
         Rayner   Wm. and Robert

(The three last are owners.)

See also the Thorpe Abbotts parish page.

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July 2003