William White's History, Gazetteer, and Directory of Norfolk 1845
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WATLINGTON is a neat village of detached houses, 6 miles S. by W. of Lynn, in the fertile marshes on the east side of the Great Ouse river, about a mile E. of the bridge at Wiggenhall St. Mary Magdalen. Its parish contains 502 inhabitants, and 1,633 acres of land, mostly the property of Chas. Berners Plestow, Esq., who resides at the Hall, a handsome mansion, with a fine park and plantations. He is lord of the manor of Gawsels, in Watlington, for which courts leet and baron are held yearly, (fines arbitrary;) and Mr. J. Platten, of Lynn, is the steward.
The CHURCH, (St. Peter and St. Paul,) is a large structure, with a tower and five bells; and has recently been repaired and new leaded. In the south aisle are effigies of Thomas Gawsel and his wife. The rectory, valued in the King's Book at £41 15s. 8d., is in the gift of C.B. Plestow, Esq., and incumbency of the Rev. Edw. Cobbold.
Here is a Wesleyan Chapel, built in 1840, by Mr. H.J. Nicholls; and a Hiring for Servants is held in the village, on the Monday before Michaelmas.
A yearly rent-charge of £5 4s., left by John Davis, out of land called Holybreads, is distributed in doles of 4s. worth of bread every alternate Sunday, among six poor people of each of the parishes of Watlington and Tottenhill. At Christmas, £12 8s. 3d. is distributed among the poor of Watlington, in coals. This sum arises as follows:- £9 from a close of 2A., left by Edward Shouldham, in 1646; 20s. charged on a cottage, by Henry Punting; 10s. charged on land, left by Thomas Watson; and £1 18s. 3d., from the interest of £42 10s., given by W. Snelling, H. Punting, and W. Cawood.
Allen William tailor Baldry Samuel vict., Angel Beetles Thomas shopkeeper Day W. gardener Dowsing Wm. gent Fendick Martha farmer Freeman Samuel beer seller Goddard Christopher gentleman Heading Osborn corn miller Hewen John shoemaker Howlett Thomas gardener Hudson Chas. vict., Queen's Head Johnson William surgeon Kidman William drover Mallet Walter plumber & glazier Malt Robert shoemaker Perry John, & Son builders and contractors Plestow Chas. B., Esq. Hall Porter Robert Church farm Riches Henry blacksmith Roberts John saddler Roberts Robert butcher Rutherford Capt. Saml. police supt. Wallis Rev. Wm., B.A. curate Webber Stephen grocer and draper Woffen Thomas shoemaker
CARRIER, Mrs. Baker, to Downham, Mon. & Thur.; & to Lynn Tu. & Sat.
See also the Watlington parish page.
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