Norfolk: Wood Norton


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

WOOD-NORTON, a pleasant village and parish, 6 miles E. by S. of Fakenham, and N.W. of Reepham, has 325 souls, and about 1700 acres of land. The Dean and Chapter of Christ Church, Oxford, are patrons of the rectory, lords of the manor, and owners of a great part of the soil, but their estate is leased to Mr. W.B. Gill. Here are several other proprietors, the largest of whom is W. Norris, Esq., who has a neat mansion in the parish.

The Church (All Saints) has a brick tower, which was erected in 1700; and the rectory, valued in the King's Book at £7. 12s. 3d., was consolidated with that of Swanton-Novers, in 1738. The joint rectories were valued in 1831, at £709, and are now enjoyed by the Rev. Edward Montagu Salter, A.M., who has here 63A. 3R. 29P. of glebe, and a good residence. The tithes of this parish were commuted, in 1841, for £380 per annum. There was another church here, dedicated to St. Peter, but what remains of it is now a barn.

The poor have 10s. a-year from the rector, for the use of half an acre of land, enclosed from the waste. The FUEL ALLOTMENT, 20A., awarded at the enclosure, in 1813, is let for £14, on a forty years' lease; the lessee covenanting to improve the land, and to build a house upon it.

           Brunton  Noah             smith & ironmonger
           Cotts    Samuel           joiner, &c
           Cotts    Wm.              vict. Horse Shoes
           Crome    Charles          yeoman
           Garratt  Mrs Charlotte
           Garratt  Eliz.            schoolmistress
           Gill     Wm. Brooke       gentn
                      & Thos.
           Guymer   Francis          joiner
           Harmer   Ann              schoolmistress
           Long     John             corn miller
           Norris   Wm. Esquire
           Rayson   Sus.             shopr. & vict. Sun Inn
           Salter   Rev Edw M., A.M. Rectory
                          * are Owners.
         * Gill     W.B. jun.,     * Platten  Samuel
                      Hall         * Sayer    Edward
         * Long     Wm.            * Shepherd Hy.
           Matthews John             Sturman  Juby
           Mitchell Wm.              Watson   Chas.
           Moore    Henry          * Woods    Bobert [sic]
           Nicholls Ben.             Wright   Thomas
                      & grocer)

The POST and COACH, from Dereham to Holt, &c., pass Holly hill.
Carrier, John Smith, to Norwich, Monday & Friday

See also the Wood Norton parish page.

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November 2004