Norfolk: Wretton


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

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WRETTON, a parish and scattered village, 1 mile W. of Stoke Ferry, and 6 miles E. by S. of Downham, is in Downham union and county court district, Clackclose hundred and petty sessional division, Lynn bankruptcy district, Downham polling district of West Norfolk, Fincham rural deanery, and Norfolk archdeaconry. It had 320 inhabitants in 1881, living on 1154 acres of land. It has a rateable value of £1822 15s. The land is mostly the property of A.H.R. Micklefield, Charles Bader, and Samuel Winfield, Esqs. Part of the parish is in Ravenham and Stoke-Wereham manors.

The CHURCH (All Saints) comprises nave, south aisle and porch, chancel, and square tower with two bells. It was restored and re-roofed in 1863, and contains a good oak screen. The perpetual curacy, certified at £10 2s. 6d., and augmented with £400 of Queen Anne's Bounty in 1751-2, is consolidated with Wereham. The tithes are commuted to £289 10s. per annum.

Here is a small Primitive Methodist Chapel.

The Poor's Land, 5A. 1R. 23P. of land, left by Jane Forby in 1711, and the Fuel Allotment are let annually by auction, at a rent varying from £15 to £20. The Fuel Allotment, 25A., awarded at the enclosure of the Common Fen, is used by the poor for cutting turf, &c. The poor have also 9s. 6d. a year in two rent-charges, left by unknown donors. An acre of 'parish land' was exchanged at the enclosure for a house and outbuildings, now occupied by paupers.

Here is a WALL LETTER-BOX, cleared at 6.10 p.m. week days and 11.10 a.m. Sundays, viâ Brandon, through Stoke Ferry, which is the nearest Money Order and Telegraph Office and Railway Station.

         Bowers    William       farmer
         Brown     Edward        farmer
         Clark     Beales        coal dealer and farmer
         Cork      Mr William
         English   Miss Louisa   shopkeeper
         Fitzjohn  William       gardener
         Freeman   Samuel        farmer
         Fuller    Joseph        fish dealer
         Hewing    Henry         victualler, Red Lion
         Hewson    Henry V.      coal dealer & frmr
         Jarred    Michael       blacksmith
         Johnson   Frederick     farm bailiff
         Lake      Dennis        tailor
         Pond      Miss Sarah    shopkeeper and pork butcher
         Powley    Beales        beerhouse
         Riches    Henry         carpenter, wheelwright and blacksmith
         Rickard   Mr Walter
         Rickard   Walter, jun.  frmr. & bootmkr
         Smith     George        fish dealer
         Steward   Mr James
         Tingey    Henry         cattle dealer
         Tingey    John          farmer
         White     George        grocer, draper, butcher and assistant

See also the Wretton parish page.

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July 2015