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Norfolk: Ashill

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

[Transcription copyright © Richard Johns]

ASHILL, a parish and a scattered village, on a commanding eminence, 3 miles N.N.W. of Watton, and 6 miles S.E. of Swaffham, is in Swaffham union and county court district, Lynn bankruptcy district, Wayland petty sessional division and hundred, Watton polling district of West Norfolk, Breckles rural deanery, of Norwich archdeaconry.

It had 656 inhabitants in 1881, living on 2990 acres, and had a rateable value of £4823. The parish lies in the manors of Uphall, Collards, and Gaines, of which W.A.T. Amherst, Esq., M.P., is lord; and Panworth Hall, of which the Earl of Leicester is lord. The land belongs to Robert Miller, Robert Housley, and Edmund Oldfield, Esqrs., Mrs. Oldfield, and several smaller owners.

The CHURCH (St. Nicholas), a handsome edifice comprising nave, south aisle, south porch, chancel, and square tower with six bells, was restored and reseated with carved oak sittings in 1866, when a new organ was built by Walker, of London. The east window contains some good stained glass, and a window in the south chancel is filled with stained glass in memory of the wife of the present rector. Here are monuments of the Boyce and Cotton families.

The rectory, valued in the King's Book at £19 13s.6½d., is in the patronage and incumbency of the Rev. Bartholomew Edwards, who has 50 acres of glebe, a good residence, and yearly rent-charge of £987.

The National School, a brick and flint building, attended by about 45 children, was erected in 1848 by the rector, who also erected an Infant School with teachers' residence in 1876, which is attended by 50 children.

Here are chapels belonging to the Primitive Methodists and Methodist Free Church.

In 1856 a fine gold torques [sic], weighing 4 oz. 12 dwts., and measuring 33 inches long, was found in this parish.

The Church Land was exchanged at the enclosure for 3A. 10P., let for £2 2s. The Fuel Allotment, awarded at the enclosure in 1786, comprises 30A. 2R. 18P., let for £21 a year, distributed in coal. At the same time, two allotments were awarded to the owners or occupiers of messuages in the parish, not occupying more than £5 a year, viz., 5A. to turn their geese upon, and 38A. as a common pasture.

POST OFFICE at Mr. Henry Grimmer's, sub-postmaster. Letters from Watton arrive at 8.15 a.m., and despatched at 5.30 p.m., viâ Thetford. Watton is the nearest Money Order and Telegraph Office.

	Allcock    Miss Emily       infant school-mistress and organist
	                              at the parish church
	Allcock    John             farmer
	Allcock    Joseph           national schoolmaster and assistant
	Allcock    Thomas           wheelwright
	Amos       Charles          blacksmith
	Amos       Charles jun.     blacksmith
	Betts      Chas.            frmr. Panworth Hall Manor
	Binks      Joseph           blacksmith
	Blower     David            baker, parish clerk and sexton
	Blower     Mr. William
	Boughen    George           carpenter and farmer
	Cater      James            farmer, landowner and parish constable
	Coker      John             farmer, Allotment farm
	Coker      Mrs Sarah        national schlmistress
	Coker      William          carpenter
	Dennis     William          miller
	Darsley    John             farmer and beer house
	Darsley    Zachary          farmer and vict. Crown
	Dursley    Mrs. Ellen
	Edwards    Rev. Bartholomew Rectory
	Franklin   John             brick and tile maker
	Garner     John             wheelwright
	Gathercole Rev. Edward
	             Charles, B.A.  curate
	Grimmer    Charles & Henry  grocers and drapers; and at Shipdham.
	                              Agents to the Norwich Union
	                              Insurance Co.
	Grimmer    Henry            grocer (C. & H.) and sub-postmaster,
	                              Post Office
	Horsley    Robert           farmer, traction and thrashing mchne.
	                              propr. & land ownr
	Lockwood   John             shoemaker
	Lockwood   Robert           farmer
	Lockwood   William          baker
	Miller     James            farmer & road surveyor, Uphall Manor
	Nelson     George           butcher, farmer and victualler,
	                              White Hart
	Oldfield   George           steward to Mrs Sarah, Church farm
	Oldfield   Mrs Sarah        farmer and landowner, lime burner
	                              and brick and tile works, Home farm
	Reeve      Mr Robert
	Sear       Charles          farmer, Lodge farm
	Sear       Mrs. Phoebe      farmer, Lodge farm
	Seed       Edward           farmer & road surveyor
	Smith      George           joiner and builder
	Twaites    William          shopkeeper
	Ward       Robert           shoemaker
Coffee and Reading Room, open every evening, 1s. per quarter.
[See note below].
Note: in the original, this:
  "Coffee and Reading Room, open every evening, 1s. per quarter."
is listed among the names of the people, between Cater and Coker.
See also the Ashill parish page.

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