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Norfolk: Blakeney

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

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BLAKENEY, a small sea port, 4¼ miles N.W. by N. of Holt, and nearly a mile W. of Cley, has in its parish 1021 inhabitants, and 988 acres of land, mostly the property of Lord Calthorpe, the lord of the manor. It was anciently called Snitterley, and much frequented by German merchants. Henry III. granted it a market, which has long been obsolete, but it still enjoys a considerable trade in malt, corn, coal, &c., and was once a noted fishing station.

The town is above a mile from the beach, but has a good harbour or creek, which winds to the sea by a circuitous route of four miles, and was much improved under an act passed in 1817, so that vessels of 150 tons can now get up to the wharfs, where the spring tides rise about ten feet. (For Custom House, see Cley.)

Here was a Friary of Carmelites, founded in the 24th of Edward I., by Richard and John Stormer and Thomas Thober, and granted at its dissolution to Wm. Rede. In this monastery was educated that eccentric character, John de Baconsthorpe. Some portions of the boundary wall of the Friary still remain, on a declivity south of the CHURCH (St. Nicholas,) which has a lofty tower, serving as a sea-mark. At the north-east corner of the chancel is a high turret, said to have been formerly used as a lighthouse.

The living is a rectory, valued in the King's Book at £26. 13s. 4d., and is consolidated with Cockthorpe, Glandford, and Langham Parva. The Rev. Joseph Cotterill, M.A., is incumbent, and Lord Calthorpe is patron. The joint benefices were valued in 1831 at £506 per annum. The rector has here a good residence, 7A. 1R. of glebe, and a yearly rent of £170, in lieu of tithes.

The Wesleyans have a small chapel here; and adjoining the churchyard is a National School, built in 1825.

The Poor's Land, 3A., in Morston, let for £4, was given to this parish, in 1694, by Wm. Styleman, in satisfaction of a rent-charge of 20s., left by an unknown donor. A yearly rent-charge of 12s., for distributions of coal, left by Robt. Bassett, in 1693, is paid out of Lord Calthorpe's estate. The interest of £24, left by Chpr. Ringer, is distributed in cloth or blankets. An old building, called the Guild Hall, with a vault capable of holding 60 chaldrons of coal, has belonged to the poor from an early period, and is now let for £4. 4s. a year.

The POST OFFICE is at Mrs. Ann Wells's, where letters arrive at ¼ before one, and are despatched at ¼ before two afternoon.

	  Barnes      Stephen           hair dresser, druggist, and stationer
	  Bond        Henry             glazier, painter, &c
	  Boorne      Mrs Mary
	  Cawston     John              sail maker
	  Cotterill   Rev. Joseph, M.A. Rectory
	  Cragg       James             Baptist minister
	  Crofts      Eliz.
	  Frankling   Felix             baker
	  Haythorn    Rev. F.           curate
	  Howard      Edward            butcher
	  Jary        Jas.              clock and watch maker
	  Jickling    Francis A.        clerk
	  Kennedy     Wm.               bricklayer
	  Pond        Wm.               brazier, smith, & ironmgr
	  Sands       John              butcher
	  Sparham     James             farmer
	  Thompson    Sarah             beer seller
	  Waller      Edward            bricklayer
	  Whisker     Thomas C.         beer seller
	  Wilson      Thomas            saddler, &c


	  Carroway    Richard           Calthorpe Arms
	  Easter      John              King's Head
	  Fitt        Bennington        Ship
	  Storey      Ann               White Horse

	     MERCHANTS. - (* are Maltsters.)

	* Brereton    Robert John,
	                & Randall
	  Cook        Wm. and R.        (& Glandford)
	  Starling    John              (and miller)
	* Temple      Wm. and Charles

	     Academies.                     Master Mariners.

	  Beart       Wm.                Ellis      Henry
	  Newton      Richd.             Lane       Miles
	  Storey      Eleanor            May        James
	  Whittall    Job                Porter     Wm.
	                                 Shaul      Thomas

	     Grocers & Drprs.               Shoemakers.

	  Doyle       Wm.                Billing    John
	  Bullock     Richd. (& baker)   Doughty    James
	  Leatherdale Wm.                Mayes      Robert
	  Newton      Daniel             Mountain   Wm.
	  Porter      Robert
	  Tyrrell     Henry
	  Wells       Ann

	     Joiners and Wheelwrights.      Tailors.

	  Allcock     James              Jordan     Wm.
	  Butters     John               Mallett    Henry
	  Dixon       Henry              Sands      Richard
	  Howes       Richard
	  Newland     Wm.

CARRIER. John Miller, to Norwich, Tues. & Friday

See also the Blakeney parish page.

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January 2007