Norfolk: Wiveton


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

WIVETON, or Wiverton, on the west side of the river Glaven, 4½ miles N.W. by N. of Holt, has in its parish 240 souls, and about 1000 acres of land, extending northward to the shore, between Blakeney and Cley. G.N. Best, Esq., of Bayfield Hall, is lord of the manor, in right of his wife, but the greater part of the soil belongs to Lord Calthorpe, W. and J. Buck, J. Johnson, the Rev. J. Cotterill, and a few smaller owners.

The Church (Virgin Mary,) has a fine tower, with six bells, purchased in 1809. The rectory, valued in the King's Book at £15, is in the patronage of the Executors of the late Geo. Windham, Esq., and incumbency of the Rev. Jas. Williams, for whom the Rev. Thomas Beckwith, of Cley, officiates. The glebe is about 30A., and the tithes have been commuted for £221 per ann. The Rev. James Hackman, "the English Werter," whose extraordinary murder of the beautiful Miss Ray is detailed in a work entitled "Love and Madness," was inducted to this living in 1779.

RALPH GREENAWAY, in 1558, left 200 marks to be laid out in land, &c., for the relief of the poor and the repairs of the church. This benefaction was laid out, in 1560, in the purchase of the impropriate rectory and parsonage of Briston, and the advowson of the vicarage. The advowson was sold, in 1796, for £850, with which the trustees purchased £1141. 11s. 5d. three per cent. consols. The rectorial tithes of Briston have been commuted for £444 per annum, subject to the repairs of the chancel at Briston, parish rates, and other incidental expenses. The clear income of the charity is upwards of £300 per annum. Pursuant to a decree in Chancery, not more than one-sixth is to be applied to the use of Wiveton church, and the remainder is to be applied in distributions of money, clothing, and bread, among the poor. The Rev. J. Cotterill, and six others, are the trustees.

The parish was enclosed and drained under acts passed in 1820 and '21.


         Buck      Mrs. Mary
         Bilham    Wm.          vict., Bell
         Grimes    Stephen      gardener
         Lee       Wm.          blacksmith
         Proudfoot Eliz.        shopkeeper
         Nash      Wm.          beerseller and carrier to Cromer
         Beeston   Wm.          Newton    Wm.
         Boyce     Ann          Starling  Wm.
         Grimes    John         Yell      Samuel

See also the Wiveton parish page.

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October 2004