BLO' NORTON was anciently called Norton Bell'eau, from its being situated near the fair stream of the Little Ouse, is in Guiltcross union and hundred, Diss county court district, Ipswich bankruptcy district, Guiltcross and Shropham petty sessional division, and East Harling polling district of South Norfolk, Rockland rural deanery, and Norfolk archdeaconry. It had 243 inhabitants in 1881, living on 1132 acres, and has a rateable value of £1798 10s.
C.B. Goldson, Esq., is lord of the manor, which formerly belonged to the manor of Ely; was granted to William de la Shore, and in 1288 to William de Blow Norton. The present Manor House, erected in 1585, and anciently surrounded by a moat enclosing about seven acres, is now the residence of the rector. The soil belongs to several proprietors. A gold ring and part of an ancient wooden dish, inlaid with mother of pearl, were found here some years ago, on the site of the old manor house of Seymers, which was formerly the seat of the Bramptons, and was burnt down before 1580.
The CHURCH (St. Andrew), a small fabric, with a tower containing five bells, was restored in 1876-9 at a cost of about £700. A stained glass window was inserted in 1876 at the east end by C.B. Goldson and his sister, and the piscina and two sedilia still exist. The Registers date from 1574. Another CHURCH (St. Margaret) stood near St. Andrew's, but was taken down in 1394.
The rectory, valued in the King's Book at £5 6s. 3d., is in the patronage of C.B. Goldson, Esq., and incumbency of the Rev. George Norris, B.A., who was appointed in 1878, and who resides at the Hall, an ancient mansion near the river. The tithes were commuted in 1838 for £330 per annum.
The Independents and Primitive Methodists have each a chapel in the parish. Here is a small National School. The poor cut turf on the Fuel Allotment, 20 acres, awarded at the enclosure in 1822, when the Parish Land was augmented to 18 acres, let for about £25, which is applied with the church and poor rates.
POST, viâ Thetford and East Harling, arrives at 8.30 a.m. Box cleared at 5.5 p.m.; Sundays 10.15 a.m. Hopton is the nearest Money Order Office, and Garboldisham the nearest Telegraph Office.
Bowell Jph. farmer, Button's place Bowell George farmer Bryant John farmer & cattle dealer Chenery Aaron cottager & freeholder Chenery John farmer, Glebe lands Chenery Solomon hay dealer Crowe Malleward frmr. & landowner, Church farm, and at North Lopham Davy Thomas farmer & landowner; h Garboldisham Eavis Henry parish clerk and sexton Fisher Elijah farmer, Fen farm Goodchild Mrs Mary clothes dealer Holden Henry farmer, Clay hall Holden Jeremiah beerhouse Norris Rev. George, B.A. rector, The Hall Notley James grocer & general dealer Notley Mrs Susanna victualler, Crown & Anchor Sterry Castle farmer Sturgeon Thos. bricklayer and farmer Taylor Mrs John farmer
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