GRESHAM parish, 5 miles S.W. of Cromer, has 340 inhabitants, and 1412A. of land, belonging to various owners; but G.S. Repton, Esq., is lord of the manor, which was held by the celebrated Geoffry Chaucer, and afterwards passed to a family of its own name. Sir Edmund Bacon had a license in the reign of Edward II. to embattle his manor-house here, which was subsequently strengthened by Sir Thomas Gresham. This castle had a moat, with a round tower at each corner.
The CHURCH (All Saints,) has a round tower, with a nave, chancel, and porch. The rectory, valued in the King's Book at £6. 18s. 9d., has 24A. of glebe, and is in the gift of the Rev. John Spurgeon, and incumbency of the Rev. F.E. Arden, B.A. The tithes were commuted in 1839 for £321 per annum.
The Methodists have a small chapel here.
Arden Rev. Fras. Edward, B.A. Rectory Brown John lime burner Brown John shoemaker Curtis James tailor Field Mr. John Lees Wm. C. miller Mann Thomas blacksmith [see note below] Ransom Robt. blacksmith [see note below] Royal Robert wheelwright Sharpin Robert grocer and veterinary surgeon Wilson John shoemaker and vict., Chequers farmers Clarke John Scott Abraham Leman Curtis Robert Scott Mrs. F. Durrant John Scott Thomasin and Janet Holman Peter Scott Robert Leman Barnabas Spendlove Wm.
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