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Norfolk: Hickling

William White's History, Gazetteer, and Directory of Norfolk 1883

[Transcription copyright Peter Green]

HICKLING is a scattered village and parish, 18 miles N.E. by E. of Norwich, and 4 miles E.S.E. of Stalham. It is in Smallburgh union, Happing hundred, Happing and Tunstead petty sessional division, North Walsham county court district, Norwich bankruptcy district, Stalham polling district of North Norfolk, Happing division of Waxham rural deanery, and Norfolk archdeaconry. It had 823 inhabitants in 1881, and has a rateable value of 5393. The parish comprises 4334 acres, nearly 2000 of which are marshes. About 1 mile S. of the church is Hickling Broad, an extensive lake, upwards of three miles in circumference, and navigable for small craft to the Thurne and the Bure.

Henry N.S. Micklethwait, Esq., is the principal landowner and lord of the manors of Hickling Overhall, Hickling Netherhall, and Hickling Stannow, for which he holds a court baron in December. The principal landowners are Rev. S.N. Micklethwait, and John Borrett, T. Slipper, J. Newman, S. Neal, G.V. Barber, W.N. Burroughs, Esqs. Hickling Hall, an ancient and commodious house now occupied by Arthur Borrett, Esq., has recently been restored and reroofed.

Hickling had anciently a market, and has now a holiday fair on April 23.

The CHURCH (St. Mary) is a handsome structure, seating 300 persons, and consisting of nave with aisles, chancel, south porch with parvise, and a fine square embattled tower, 90 feet high, with five bells. The nave and chancel were thoroughly restored in 1875 and 1876, mainly at the expense of the late Rev. J.N. Micklethwait, at a cost of more than 2450. The chancel screen was removed, but an ancient altar-tomb remains. The tower, which is almost architecturally perfect, still needs judicious restoration.

H.N.S. Micklethwait, Esq., is also impropriator of the rectorial tithes, and patron of the vicarage, which is valued in the King's Book at 5.3s.4d; and from 1782 to 1784 was augmented with 400 of Queen Anne's Bounty, and 200 given by John Micklethwait, Esq., and the Rev. John Wells. Those sums were laid out in the purchase of 17 acres of marsh land at Acle. The Rev. Sotherton Nathaniel Micklethwait, M.A., is the incumbent, and has a commodious residence, built in 1850 at a cost of 1400. The rectorial tithes have been commuted for 814, and the vicarial for 352 per annum. The Rev. George Sharley, who resides at Ingham, is curate.

In the outbuildings of a farmhouse, about half a mile north of the church, are the remains of a PRIORY, which was founded in 1185 by Theobald de Valoins, for canons of the order of St. Austin, and granted at the dissolution to Sir W. Woodhouse. The last remaining window of the priory was taken down in 1825, and forms a porch to the farmhouse.

The Wesleyans and the Primitive Methodists have each a chapel in the parish. The latter was rebuilt in 1882 at a cost of about 500.

In 1803 the Rev. John Wells left 250 Consols, now yielding 7.10s. per annum, for the education of poor children. The present schoolroom was built in 1861 to accommodate 70 children at a cost of 420, and enlarged for an extra 50 children in 1874 at a further cost of 135. In 1879 the present patron, H.N.S. Micklethwait, Esq., expended upwards of 300 in the erection of a neat and convenient red brick residence for the teachers.

In 1682 James Scambler left the yearly sums of 10s. to the poor, 2s. to the parish clerk, and 2.2s. to the vicar for a sermon. The Poor's Allotments, awarded at the enclosure in 1805, comprise 83A.2R.30P., about 70 acres of which are let for 55 a year; and the remainder is let in half-acre lots to poor people, free of tithes and poor's rates, at rents amounting to 25 a year. The whole produces about 80 a year, which, after payment of the drainage rate, &c., is distributed in coal, together with the interest of 106, which arose from the sale of two poor-houses in 1811. The rent of five roods of land, called the Widow's Acre (3.10s.), is distributed among poor widows.

POST OFFICE at James Turner's. Letters from Norwich, via Stalham, arrive at 7.45 a.m., and are despatched at 2.45 p.m. The nearest Money Order and Telegraph Office is at Stalham.

	Applegate    James        farmer, Stubb
	Barber       Geo. Vincent farmer, Stubb
	Bates        Benjamin     carpenter and joiner
	Beale        George       coal dealer and carter
	Beales       Geo.         vict. Pleasure Boat Inn
	Beales       Richard      market gardener
	Beevor       George       butcher and carrier
	Beevor       Robert       farmer, Stubb
	Beckett      Arthur       butcher & parish clerk
	Bell         Samuel       porkbutcher
	Bishop       Mrs Mary     porkbutcher and farmer
	Bishop       William      farmer, butcher and carrier
	Borrett      Arthur       farmer, The Hall
	Borrett      Mr. John     landowner, The Hall
	Chapman      Josiah       farmer
	Deary        Thomas       thatcher
	Dove         John         shopkeeper
	Fenn         Jas. Wm.     frmr. Longmoor farm
	Fenn         Mrs Mary
	Garrett      Israel Royal miller and landowner (G.& Whittleton)
	Garrett &
	  Whittleton              millers & frmrs
	Gaze         Mrs Jane     shopkeeper
	Gibbs        Alfred Geo.  frmr, Church farm
	Gibbs        Frederick    blacksmith and victualler, White Horse
	Gibbs        Herbert Hy.  grocer and draber (sic)
	Gibbs        Horace       farmer
	Gibbs        John         shopkeeper
	Gibbs        Samuel       blacksmith
	Goose        Thomas       carrier
	Harmer       Robert       bricklayer
	Harvey       Robert       farmer and overseer, Gay's farm
	Lambert      James        bricklayer
	Lambert      Mrs Jane     farmer
	Mason        Robert       shoemaker
	Micklethwait Rev.Sotherton
	             Nathanl.M.A. vicar, Vicarage
	Myhill       Edwd.        whlwright & carpenter and
	                            assistant overseer
	Neale        Samuel       farmer, Stubb
	Newman       John         farmer and owner, Old Priory
	Newman       Samuel       farmer
	Payne        William      threshing machine owner and
	                            vict. Greyhound Inn
	Pratt        Robert       shopkeeper & farmer
	Prickett     John         National schoolmaster
	Ready        Rev. Henry,  vicar of Palling and
	              B.A.          rector of Waxham
	Sharley      Rev. Geo.    curate; h. Ingham
	Slipper      Thomas       farmer and owner, Winmere Hall
	Taylor       Miss Mary
	               M.H.       day school
	Taylor       Mrs Maria    shopkeeper
	Trory        William      farmer, owner, and corn merchant,
	                            The Villa
	Tuck         Thomas       shopkeeper and farmer
	Turner       James        grocer, draper and post office
	Turner       John         wheelwright & carpenter
	Whittleton   Leonard      farmer
	Whittleton   Thos.        millr. (Garrett & W.)
	Wilkins      Charles      farmer
	Wiseman      John         farmer
	Woolston     James        porkbutcher, flour dealer,
	                            market gardener and carrier
	Woolston     Robert       shoemaker
CARRIERS - Thomas Goose to Norwich on Saturdays, and George Beevor, William Bishop, and James Woolston to Yarmouth on Saturdays.
See also the Hickling parish page.

Copyright Pat Newby.
June 1999