Norfolk: Wretton


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

WRETTON, a parish and scattered village, 1 mile W. of Stoke Ferry, and 6 miles E. by S. of Downham, has 533 inhabitants, and 1,102 acres of land, mostly the property of J.B.S. Bradfield and Roger Micklefield, Esqrs., the former of whom is lord of the manor of Wretton; but part of the parish is in Ravenham and Stoke-Wereham manors.

The CHURCH, (All Saints,) is a thatched building, with a square tower and two bells. It is a curacy, certified at £10 2s. 6d., augmented with £400 of Queen Anne's bounty, in 1751 and '2, and consolidated with Wereham; the Rev. J. Royle being incumbent, and E.R. Pratt, Esq., the patron and impropriator.

Here is a small Primitive Methodist Chapel.

A house occupied by paupers, and 5A. 1R. 23P. of land, now let for £15 18s., were left to the poor, by Jane Forby, in 1711. They have also 9s. 6d. a year, in two rent charges, left by unknown donors. The Fuel Allotment, 25A., awarded at the enclosure of the Common Fen, is used by the poor for cutting turf, &c. An acre of "Parish Land," was exchanged at the enclosure for a house and out buildings, now occupied by paupers.

         Banham   Henry     shoemaker
         King     Cyril     victualler, Red Lion
         Smith    Joseph    victualler, Chequers
         Pond     Rowing    beer seller
         Steward  Robert    beer seller
         Addison  Richard
         Brown    George
         King     Thomas
         Richard  Walter
         Townley  Henry

See also the Wretton parish page.

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November 2004