William White's History, Gazetteer, and Directory of Norfolk 1864
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WOODBASTWICK, 8 miles N.E. by E. of Norwich, has in its parish 294 inhabitants, and 2162 acres, but only 1418 acres are assessable, there being in the marshes several large broads or lakes, near the river Bure. Albemarle Cator, Esq., owns the greater part of the soil, is lord of the manor, impropriator of the great tithes, and patron of the vicarage, which is valued in the King's Book at £6, and has been united with the rectory of Panxworth since 1699. The joint benefices are valued at £206 per annum, and the Rev. Hy. Peter Dunster, M.A., is the incumbent. The Vicarage House is a thatched residence of red brick, with pleasant grounds, near the church; and there are 26A. of glebe here, and 32A. at Panxworth.
The Church (St. Fabian and St. Sebastian) is a neat fabric of early English architecture, covered with thatch, and consisting of nave, chancel, south porch, and square embattled tower with two bells. Here are several mural tablets of the Cator family, who support a small school in the village.
The Hall, a large mansion, situated in extensive and park-like grounds, about a mile from the church, is the seat of A. Cator, Esq., and was much enlarged a few years ago. The poor have £7. 13s. a year, as the rent of 2A., called "Town Land," and 5A. allotted to them at the enclosure of Mousehold Heath, in 1810.
POST OFFICE at William Fryer's. Letters to Norwich via Rackheath, at 4 p.m.
Cator Albemarle, Esq. Hall Dunster Rev. Hy. Peter, M.A. Vicarage Fryer Wm. shopkeeper, blacksmith, carpenter and parish clerk Goulder John farmer, Street farm Goulder Samuel farmer, Ferry farm Herwin Samuel farmer, Hall farm High William farmer, Church farm Lemon William farmer and coal dealer Webb Jas. shoemaker [see note below] Winter Wm. shoemaker [see note below]
Note: in the original these are:
Webb Jas. & Winter Wm. shoemakers
See also the Hemblington parish page.
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