Norfolk: Wacton


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

[Transcription copyright © Ann Duncan]

WACTON, in a pleasant valley, 11 miles S. by W. of Norwich, and 6½ miles E.N.E. of New Buckenham, has in its parish 267 souls, and 1044 acres of land, including a common of 273A. It was formerly two parishes, called Wacton Magna and Parva, but the church of the latter was dilapidated in 1522, when the two rectories were consolidated.

The Rev. Clarke Stoughton is lord of the manor, (fines arbitrary;) but Wacton Hall, now a farm-house, belongs to Chas. Walford, Esq., and several others have estates here.

The Church (All Saints,) has a round tower and three bells. The rectory, valued in the King's Book at £7. 13s. 4d., is in the gift of the Rev. Ellis Burroughes, and incumbency of the Rev. Henry Atkinson, of Bacton. The glebe is 33A. 2R. 5P., and the tithes were commuted in 1841 for £323. 4s. per annum.

The poor have a yearly rent-charge of 52s., left by Eliz. Bayspool, in 1711, out of land belonging to the Rev. J. Cotman.


         Alderton   Mattw.          shoemkr
         Bishop     Wm.             nurseryman
         Buxton     John            vict. Duke's Head
         Dade       Wm.             blacksmith
         Dade       Jonth.          beer seller
         Dye        John            beer seller
         Rivett     Ellis           miller
         Smith      Chpr.           carpenter
         Alexander  Richd.
         Delf       Wm.
         Everett    John
         Fuller     Thomas
         Coleby     Margaret Harvey [see note below] 
         Holmes     John
         Howe       Wm.
         Le Grice   John
         Webster    John
         Weston     John and Wm.

Note: In the original, this is Margaret Harvey Coleby.

See also the Wacton parish page.

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June 2001