Norfolk: Watlington


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

[Transcription copyright © Pat Newby]

WATLINGTON is a neat scattered village, 6 miles S. by W. of Lynn, in the fertile marshes on the east side of the Great Ouse river, about 1 mile east of the bridge at Wiggenhall St. Mary Magdalen, and near the Lynn and Ely Railway, on which it has a station called Magdalen Road in this parish. Its parish is in Downham union and county court district, Lynn bankruptcy district, Wiggenhall St. Mary Magdalen polling district of West Norfolk, Clackclose hundred and petty sessional division, Fincham rural deanery, and archdeaconry of Norfolk. It had 619 inhabitants in 1881, living on 1604A. 2R. 30P. of land, and has a rateable value of £3883.

The soil is mostly the property of the Rev. Cannon Birch, of Prestwich, near Manchester, who owns the Hall, a handsome mansion, with a fine park and plantations, where he occasionally resides. G. Coote, Esq., of Sudbury, is lord of the manor of Gawsels in Watlington, for which courts leet and baron are held yearly.

The CHURCH (St. Peter and St. Paul) is a large structure, comprising nave, aisles, chancel, vestry, south porch, and square tower with three bells. The sedilia and piscina still remain, and here are mural tablets of the Plestow, Pratt, Patrick, and other families, and a small organ. 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 patronage of Gilbert Barker, Esq., and incumbency of the Rev. Geo. Llewellyn Barker, M.A., who has 23A. of glebe, a good residence, and a yearly tithe rent-charge of £425.

The Wesleyans and Primitive Methodists have each a chapel here.

A SCHOOL BOARD was formed for this parish in 1875, and a handsome school and master's house was erected in 1877, at a cost of £1500; it is attended by 120 children. Messrs. Samuel Bateman (chairman), Jas. Bear, Jesse Bradfield, Wm. Spratt, and Alfred A. Turner are the present members of the board; Mr. T.L. Reed is clerk.

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 coal. 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.

POST OFFICE at Mr. Geo. Riches'. Letters arrive at 9 a.m., and are despatched at 4.30 p.m., viâ Lynn. St. Germans is the nearest Money Order and Telegraph Office.

         Allen      Mrs Phœbe
         Balls      George            farmer
         Barker     Rev. Geo. L. M.A. rector
         Bateman    Mrs Maria
         Bateman    Samuel            farmer
         Baxter     Burton            grazier & landowner
         Bear       James             baker and flour dealer
         Bird       Misses Dora Jane
                      & Hannah K.     girls' day and boarding school
         Bird       Mr Josiah
         Bishop     John              farmer and landowner
         Bowden     Thos.             mkt. grdnr. & landownr
         Butter     Fredk.            carpenter and builder
         Carter     William           farmer
         Cason      Abraham           carrier
         Childs     John              bootmaker
         Chilvers   John              vict. Queen's Head, farmer
                                        and cattle dealer
         Clare      Chas. Jas.        builder, contractor, timber
                                        merchant & coach builder
         Crabbe     Mrs Mary Ann
         Dower      Mr. Henry
         Eggett     Richard           farmer
         Failes     George            farmer & landowner
         Featherby  Jas.              plumber & painter
         Fendley    Wm.               frmr. beerhs. & coal dlr
         Foster     J.H.              brick & tile mfr.; h Wisbech
         Fox        John              carpenter
         Franklin   Geo.              blacksmith & beerhouse
         Gathergood Joseph            farmer
         Jackson    Edward            farmer
         Kidman     Geo.              grazier & cattle salesmn
         King       Wm. Louis,        surgeon, public vaccinator &
                      M.R.C.S.,         medical officer for the 4th
                      L.R.C.P.          district of Downham union,
                                        The Cottage
         Knights    Mark Abraham      police cnstbl
         Lack       George            saddler
         Langley    Mrs Ann           Park house
         Malt       Robert            market gardener
         Meek       James             grocer, draper, butcher and
                                        beer and wine retailer
         Miland     William           market gardener
         Moughton   John              beerhouse
         North      James             board schoolmaster
         Parker     William           farmer
         Pinnock    Mrs Sarah         vict. Angel
         Potter     Stibbard          station master
         Riches     Geo.              blacksmith, agricultural
                                        implement manufr. & post master
         Simons     John              wheelwright
         Skerritt   Jas. Henry        grocer & draper
         Spratt     William           coal dealer
         Stibbon    John              butcher and farmer
         Sweeting   Joseph            brickyard foreman
         Tann       James             farmer and horse dealer
         Tann       Jas. jun.         farmer & hose dealer
         Turner     Alfred            grocer
         Turner     A.A.              corn miller, bkr. & farmer
         Violen     William           butcher and farmer
         Ward       Miss Annie        dressmaker
         Webster    Thomas            grazier

See also the Watlington parish page.

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