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Norfolk: Aldborough

William White's History, Gazetteer, and Directory of Norfolk 1864

[Transcription copyright © Pat Newby]

ALDBOROUGH, or Alborough, a pleasant village surrounding a level green, 5 miles N. by W. of Aylsham, has in its parish 305 inhabitants and 769 acres of land; and has a small stock fair on the 21st and 22nd of June, unless these dates fall on Friday and Saturday, when it is held on the following Monday and Tuesday.

Part of the parish is in Lord Suffield's manor of Hanworth, but a great part of the soil belongs to Jas. Gay, Esq., who resides at the New Hall, a handsome mansion, which was erected in 1636, and enlarged in 1818, and stands in a well-wooded lawn. The manor of Alborough was long held by the De Herewards, and was carried in marriage by the heiress of T. Parker, Esq., to the Gays, about the close of the 16th century. Jno. Cook and Geo. Gunton, Esqrs., Messrs. John Bone and Wm. Turner, and some smaller owners have also estates here.

The Church (St. Mary) is a neat edifice, which was mostly rebuilt in 1847 at a cost of £750, and comprises nave with north aisle, chancel, and south porch, but no tower. The living is a discharged rectory, valued in the King's Book at £8, and now having 24A. of glebe, and a yearly rent-charge of £200, awarded in 1839, in lieu of tithes. Lord Suffield is patron, and the Rev. John Gudgeon Nelson is the incumbent, and has a good residence built in 1834.

The School is supported by subscription. The Church Land is 2A. 2R. The Primitive Methodists have a small chapel here.

POST OFFICE at John Wilkin's. Letters desp. to Norwich, via Hanworth, at 3.30 p.m.

	Bone       Jno.               grocer, draper, & ironmonger
	Braddock   R.F.               schoolmaster
	Breese     Harriet            schoolmistress
	Burwick    Jas.               basketmaker and stationer
	Brown      Frederick          tanner, &c.
	Chapman    Stephen            vict., Black Boys
	Cook       William            corn miller
	Davison    Edward             hairdresser
	Durrant    William            grocer, draper, ironmonger,
	                                brazier, and tinner
	Gay        James, Esq.        New Hall
	Hudson     Randell            ironmonger
	Leeder     Daniel             grocer and dealer
	Miller     John               saddle and harness maker
	Nelson     Rev. John Gudgeon  Rectory
	Overed     James              veterinary surgeon
	Perkins    Charles            clock and watch maker
	Prangley   Thomas             surgeon, The Villa
	Sistern    Maria              milliner and dressmaker
	Spurgeon   Thos.              plumber, painter, &c.
	Spurrell   Misses, Charlotte
	             and Mary
	Ward       William            bricklayer and victualler, Red Lion
	Wilkin     John               boot and shoemaker
	Williamson Hy.                fellmonger and glover

	   BAKERS.                     * are owners.

	Chapman    Henry            * Bone      John
	Neal       Elijah             Chapman   Stephen
	                              Chapman   William, (and butcher)
	   BLACKSMITHS.             * Cook      John; house Thwaite
	                              Ransome   Isaac
	Durrant    Robert           * Turner    William
	Watts      William             

	   CARPENTERS.                   TAILORS.

	Bacon      Ezra               Gotts     Frederick
	Ward       James              Woods     Shore (and parish clerk)

See also the Aldborough parish page.

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Copyright © Pat Newby.
December 2008