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Norfolk: Baconsthorpe

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

[Transcription copyright © Richard Johns]

BACONSTHORPE is a village and parish, 2½ miles E. by S. of Holt, comprising 326 inhabitants, and 1688 acres of land, of which 1348A. are assessable. Lady Suffield and J.T. Mott, Esq., of Blickling, are the principal owners. The latter is lord of the manor, and patron of the rectory, valued in the King's Book at £9, and now enjoyed by the Rev. J.A. Partridge, M.A. The glebe is 12a., and the tithes were commuted, in 1842, for £379 per annum. The rectory-house was nearly destroyed by lightning, in 1692, and by fire in 1754; after which it continued ruinous till 1770, when it was repaired at a considerable expense, by the rector and his parishioners.

The CHURCH (St. Mary the Virgin,) is a large handsome edifice, which was partly destroyed by the fall of the steeple, in 1739, but was thoroughly repaired and beautified, chiefly at the expense of the Rev. Wm. Hewitt, in 1779. Here is a small Wesleyan Chapel, built in 1844.

The manor was long held by the Bacons, one of whom was John Bacon, the learned and "Resolute Doctor," who died in 1346. From them it passed to the Heydons. Sir Henry Heydon built the old Hall, except the large centre tower, about the year 1495; but the whole is now in ruins, and the more modern hall is occupied by a farmer.

Here is a National School, built in 1816; and the poor have £5 a year out of land left by Thomas Newman, in 1698.

	Beales    John              National School
	Curson    John              blacksmith
	Everett   Stephen           vict. Jolly Farmers
	Mayes     Misses P. and C.
	Partridge Rev. John Anthony
                    M.A.            Rectory
	Ward      Robert            blacksmith & shopkpr
	Warnes    V.L.              grocer and draper
	Whiting   John              joiner, &c. (& Holt)
	Wilson    Thomas            saddler (and Holt)

	   Boot and Shoe Mkrs.

	Fisher    Philip
	Mann      John
	Porrett   John

	   FARMERS.

	Denny     Richard
	Everett   Stephen
	King      Jerh. Wm.
	Mack      Thos. Bond.       Old Hall
	Mayes     Thomas
	Philippo  John
	Seaman    John
	Warnes    Sophia
	Ward      Thomas

See also the Baconsthorpe parish page.

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January 1999