Norfolk: Wroxham


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

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WROXHAM, 6½ miles N.E. of Norwich, on the Worstead road, is a picturesque village, standing on the summit and bold acclivities of the south bank of the river Bure, which is here crossed by a good bridge, and flows in a very circuitous channel, expanding into several broads, abounding with pike, perch, and other fish, and navigable for small craft to Yarmouth.

The parish contains 363 inhabitants, and 1344A. 3R. 20P. of land, belonging to several proprietors, the largest of whom are Miss Foulsham, Jas. Green, Esq., the Rev. John Humfrey, and Sigismund Trafford, Esq., the latter of whom is lord of the manor and owner of the Hall, a neat mansion, with pleasant grounds.

The CHURCH (St. Mary,) stands on a lofty eminence, above the river, and is a neat structure, with a tower and five bells. In the burial ground is a mausoleum, erected over the vault of the late S. Trafford Southwell, Esq. The living is a vicarage, valued in the King's Book at £7. 17s. 1d., and in 1831 at £337, with that of Salhouse annexed to it, in the gift of S. Trafford, Esq., and incumbency of the Ven. Archdeacon Collyer, of Hackford. (See p. 355 [which is the entry for Reepham].) Wm. Burroughes, Esq., is impropriator of most of the rectorial tithes. The glebe here is 17A. 2R. 1P., and the vicarial tithes were commuted in 1839 for £129. 7s. 1d. per annum.

In 1674, Edmund Topcliffe charged his estate here with the yearly payment of £2. 10s., to be applied as follows:- 20s. worth of bread for the poor of Wroxham, Salhouse, Belaugh, and Hoveton St. John; 10s. towards repairing Wroxham church; 4s. to the clerk, and 16s. to the vicar, for a sermon on New Year's day.

         Beloe       Wm.                 vict., Castle
         Chapling    John                joiner
         Cobb        Wm.                 joiner and wheelwright
         Crane       Hannah              grocer
         Green       James               land agent and mert
         Holmes      Rev Richard         curate
         Humfrey     Rev John, A.M.      Wroxham House
           and Mills                     maltsters
         Stevenson   John                blacksmith
         Shepherd    John                shoemaker
         Trafford    Sigismund and
                       Edw. Wm., Esqrs.  Wroxham Hall
         Goulder     Christmas
         Riches      R.C.
         Utting      Charles
         Utting      James

See also the Wroxham parish page.

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March 2005