CROSTWICK, 4½ miles N.N.E. of Norwich, is a parish in St. Faith's union, Norwich county court district, Norwich bankruptcy district, Taverham hundred and petty sessional division, St. Faith's polling district of South Norfolk, Taverham rural deanery, and Norfolk [sic] archdeaconry. It had 159 inhabitants in 1881, living on 693 acres, and has a rateable value of £910. The soil mostly belongs to the Rev. Robert Longe and the Rev. W.I. Stracey; but W.H. Trafford, Esq., is lord of the manor. Here is a common of 30A.
The CHURCH (St. Peter) is a handsomely restored building, in the Perpendicular style, and comprises nave, chancel, and square tower. The latter contains one bell, and is surmounted by stone finials adorned with angels at the angles. The three windows in the chancel are filled with beautiful stained glass: that at the east end representing Our Saviour, St. Peter, and St. John, is in memory of Eustace Arkwright, Esq., and is dated 1846. There is a mural painting on the south wall, of St. Christopher carrying the Infant Saviour in his arms through some water. There is also a beautiful window in the south side of the chancel in memory of the Rev. - Ficklin, a former rector, and his wife.
The discharged rectory, valued in the King's Book at £2 17s. 6d., is in the patronage of the Bishop of Norwich, and incumbency of the Rev. W.H. Christmas, M.A., who has a good residence, purchased in 1850, five acres of glebe, and a yearly tithe rent-charge of £192 awarded in 1839.
The School was built on the common by the Rev. E.J. Bell in 1850, and is attended by 60 children. It is united with Beeston St. Andrew for school purposes.
The poor have 25s. a year, as the rent of an acre of 'town land.'
POST OFFICE at Mrs. Averall Bowen's. Letters arrive at 4.35 a.m., and are despatched at 5.40 p.m. viâ Norwich. Nearest Telegraph and Money Order Office at Coltishall.
Bagshaw George farmer; h Norwich Christmas Rev. William Henry, M.A. The Rectory Crowe Alfred Gardiner wheelwright and parish clerk Dennington Miss Sarah schoolmistress Mann George Bolton farmer Money Edward vict. and shopkeeper, White Horse
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