Norfolk: Watlington


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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July 2015