GUIST, or Geiste, 2 miles W. of Foulsham, 6 miles S.E. of Fakenham, and 3 miles N. of Elmham Railway Station, is on the northern acclivity of the vale of the Wensum. It is in Mitford union, East Dereham county court district, Norwich bankruptcy district, Eynsford petty sessional division and hundred, Reepham polling district of North Norfolk, Sparham rural deanery, and Norwich archdeaconry. It had 390 inhabitants in 1881, living on 1674 acres, and has a rateable value of £2702. The parish is mostly the property of the executors of William Norris, Esq., lord of the manor and impropriator of the great tithes.
The CHURCH (St. Andrew) contains several neat monuments of the Norris, Wiggett, Bulwer, and other families, and a very antique font. 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. It was consolidated with the rectory of Twyford in 1860, and is in the alternate patronage of W. Norris, Esq., and the Rev. J.N. Spurgeon, B.A., the latter of whom is also the incumbent, and resides at Twyford.
GUIST (Miss Packe's) SCHOOL is a handsome and commodious brick building with residence attached, erected in 1871 by Miss Packe's brother-in-law, Sir E. Scott, and by him endowed with £1000 consols for the benefit of the poor of Guist and Twyford; it is also partly supported by subscription and Government grant.
The Poor's Allotment, awarded at the enclosure in 1813, consists of 30A., of which 6A. are divided into 20 garden plots, let at rents amounting to £36, and the remainder is used by the poor for cutting fuel. On the garden plot are 11 cottages, the rents for which are distributed in coals. 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 8A. of land, enclosed from the waste about 1785. The church and poor have a yearly rent-charge of 20s., left by Robert Wicks in 1569.
POST OFFICE at Mr. John Abbey's. Letters arrive at 5 a.m., and are despatched at 7 p.m., Sundays the same, viâ East Dereham. Foulsham is the nearest Money Order and Telegraph Office.
ABBEY John grocer, farmer & postmstr BERERSFORD William gardener CHAPMAN Richard farmer & maltster COOPER William blacksmith FENN James farmer HAMOND Commander, R.N. bank mngr KENDALL Robert farmer, Manor house KERSHAW Mrs. schoolmistress LAKE Philip farmer MURRAY William farmer MYHILL George Godfrey bootmaker & shopkeeper NELSON Robert carpenter PHILLIPS Thomas farmer, Park farm PRESTON Geo. Tolver farmer, The Lodge SMITH John waterman YARHAM Edmund vict. Black Swan
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