Norfolk: Trimingham


William White's History, Gazetteer, and Directory of Norfolk 1883

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TRIMINGHAM, a small village on the lofty sea cliffs, is about 6 miles N. of North Walsham, and 5 miles E.S.E. of Cromer, and its parish is in Erpingham union, North Erpingham petty sessional division and hundred, North Walsham county court district, Norwich bankruptcy district, Cromer polling district of North Norfolk, Repps rural deanery, and Norfolk archdeaconry. It had 194 inhabitants in 1881, and comprises 485 acres. The rateable value is £870.

Like Cromer, Trimingham is subject to the encroachments of the ocean, which washed away two farm houses and several acres of land in 1822. A breakwater was erected in 1842, by the late Sir T.F. Buxton, Bart. At present six breakwaters are in course of construction by T. Fowell Buxton, Esq., to whom most of the land belongs. Lord Suffield is lord of the manor.

The coastguard station here has been abandoned, but the place is furnished with a rocket apparatus for communicating with distressed vessels; there is no lifeboat. From the ruins of an old beacon on a lofty eminence in this parish, said to be the highest point on the Norfolk coast, above fifty churches may be seen on a clear day. Here are several small fishing boats.

The CHURCH (St. John) stands on the cliffs, and is said to have been visited in the dark ages by many pilgrims, who came to see the head of St. John the Baptist, which the priests had!! It comprises nave, chancel, south porch, and low tower with one bell. The ancient piscina, sedilia, and stoup still remain, and the panels of the screen retain the original paintings of figures of saints, in good preservation. The building was restored by subscription in 1855, and re-fitted with open seats, &c., at a cost of £900. One of the chancel windows is filled with stained glass, in memory of a late rector.

The rectory, valued in the King's Book at £6, was augmented, in 1793, with £200 of Queen Anne's Bounty, and had upwards of five acres of glebe, but more than half of it has gone into the sea. The tithes were commuted, in 1839, for £142 per annum, of which £7 10s. belong to the rector of Sidestrand. The patronage is in the Duchy of Lancaster, and the Rev. Abraham Matchett is the incumbent.

The School was built in 1849, by the Buxton family, and is supported by T. Fowell Buxton, Esq.

POST from Norwich, viâ North Walsham.

         Bates     Samuel         farmer
         Beckett   Robert         farmer, The Hall
         Blower    Michael        shopkeeper
         Breese    Mr Robert
         Copeman   Culley         bricklayer
         Cubitt    George         wheelwright and
                                    vict. Crown and Anchor Inn
         Cubitt    Samuel         farmer
         Hammond   Miss Amelia    schoolmistress
         Marshall  John           lime burner
         Matchett  Rev. Abraham   rector, The Rectory
         Olley     Robert         parish clerk
         Olley     William        carrier
         Randell   James          blacksmith
         Wright    Abraham        farmer
         Wright    Mrs Elizabeth  farmer

CARRIER - William Olley, to North Walsham, Wed. and Sat.

See also the Trimingham parish page.

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February 2008