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GUESTWICK, a scattered village and parish, 5 miles N.W. of Reepham, has 200 souls, and 1650 acres. W.E.L. Bulwer, Esq., owns most of the soil, and is lord of the manor, impropriator, and patron of the Church (St. Peter,) which was appropriated to Waltham Abbey by Everard de Geiste, and has a tower at the east end of the north aisle, and some fine specimens of ancient stained glass. The vicarage, valued in the King's Book at £5. 10s., and in 1831, at £75, has 18A. of glebe, and is enjoyed by the Rev. Edward Bulwer, of Sall. It was augmented with £200 of Queen Anne's Bounty, in 1809.
Lady Suffield, Sir E.H. Alderson, W.M. Heath, Esq., and a few others, have estates in the parish.
Here is a large Independent Chapel, founded in 1652, but rebuilt in 1809, and repaired and partly rebuilt, in the Tudor style, in 1840. The minister's house was erected in 1721, and attached to it is 17A. of land.
The poor have 20s. a year, out of 3A. left by Wm. Bulwer, in 1678.
Wm. Godwin, author of "Caleb Williams," and other works, was born here, and is the son of a late Independent minister.
Dewing John blacksmith Drane Rev Robert Independt. min. Rump Charles shoemaker FARMERS. Barber George Goldsmith Samuel Old Hall Hasel Elizabeth Ireland Anthony Woodhouse (valuer) Pegg Joseph Seaman Robert Thomas Ann Thomas Anthony
See also the Guestwick parish page.
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