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Norfolk: Guist

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

[Transcription copyright © Jayne Cole]

GUIST, or Geiste, 2 miles W. of Foulsham, and 6 miles S.E. of Fakenham, is a pleasant scattered village, on the northern acclivity of the vale of the Wensum. Its parish has 425 souls, and about 1670 acres of land, mostly the property of Wm. Norris, Esq., lord of the manor, impropriator, and patron of the Church (St Andrew,) which contains several neat monuments to the Norris, Wiggett, Bulwer, and other families.

The vicarage, valued in the King's Book at £5.15s.5d., and in 1831, at £160, was augmented, from 1745 to 1794, with £600 of Queen Anne's Bounty, laid out in 38A. of land, at Elmham and Sprowston. The Rev. J. Spurgeon, M.A., of Twyford, is the incumbent.

The Poor's Allotment, awarded at the enclosure in 1813, consists of 30A., of which 6A. is divided into twenty garden plots, let at rents amounting to £21, and the remainder is used by the poor for cutting fuel. On the garden plot are eleven cottages, nine built by the tenants, and two by the overseers. There are also two houses, divided into nine or ten tenements, and about 2½A. of land, held by the overseers, who also receive £5.5s. from E. Wodehouse, Esq., as an acknowledgment for 8A., which his father was permitted to enclose from the waste about 1785. The church and poor have a yearly rent-charge of 20s. out of Mrs. Dewing's estate, left by Robert Wicks, in 1569.

	Bogg      Fras.           cattle dlr. & vict. Swan
	Chapman   James           brewer & malster
	Cooper    Henry           gent. Guist Lodge
	Dawson    Wm.             blacksmith & founder
	Dew       Mrs Frances
	Eggett    Edward          hatter, Post Office
	Francis   Wm.             shoemaker & beerseller
	Munhall   Miss Elizabeth
	Murray    Richard         butcher
	Ward      George          shopkeeper


	Chapman   James
	Francis   Wm.
	Hartt     Thomas
	Kendell   Wm.             (and valuer)
	Money     John
	Oldman    Robert
	Pearson   Abel
Post daily to Dereham, Cley, &c., and Coach to Norwich and Fakenham, M., W., and Sat. Carriers to Norwich, Wells, &c., Monday and Thursday.
See also the Guist parish page.

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October 1999