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 FARMERS. 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)
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