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Norfolk: Beeston Regis

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

BEESTON REGIS, or Beeston-next-the-Sea, 3 miles W. by N. of Cromer, has in its parish 265 souls, and about 850 acres of land, belonging chiefly to the Rev. Cremer Cremer, of the Hall, and Samuel Hoare, Esq., of London, who owns the Abbey farm, but the manorial rights, and the patronage of the Church (All Saints,) belong to the Queen's Duchy of Lancaster. The rectory, valued in the King's Book at 16, and in 1831 at 138, has 4A. of glebe, and is enjoyed by the Rev. C. Cremer.

At the entrance to a picturesque dale, are the ruins of Beeston Priory, (St. Mary,) founded in the reign of John, by Lady Margery de Cressey, for Austin canons, and granted at the dissolution to Sir E. Windham and others. It was then valued at 43. 2s. 4d.

The rent of 12A. 11R. 1P. of land, at Hindolveston, (14,) purchased with 100, left by Edmund Hooke, in 1715, is divided, two-thirds among the poor of Beeston, and one-third among the poor of Runton. The former have the rent of 6A., let for 5. 17s.; and here is a cottage, the rent of which is applied with the church rates.


	Cremer   Rev. C.     Hall
	Clarke   Thomas      joiner
	Cooper   John        Abbey farm
	Ward     Joseph      yeoman
	Wiseman  Samuel      blacksmith

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Copyright Pat Newby.
January 2002