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Norfolk: Knapton

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

[Transcription copyright © Pat Newby]

KNAPTON, a village on a lofty eminence, 3 miles N.N.E. of North Walsham, has in its parish 348 inhabitants, and 1461A. of rich arable land, lying in three manors, viz., Knapton-Bromholme and Green, belonging to St. Peter's College, Cambridge, and Knapton-Cecils, belonging to Lord Suffield; but the greater part of the soil is owned by other proprietors, - among whom are Mrs. S. Shirley, of the New Hall; H. Robinson, Esq., of Knapton Grove; and several resident yeomen.

The CHURCH (St. Peter and St. Paul,) has a nave and chancel, with a tower at the west end. The roof is of Irish oak, richly ornamented with carvings of saints and angels.

The rectory, valued in the King's Book at £13. 7s. 1d., is now enjoyed by the Rev. John Colman. The tithes were commuted in 1839, for £475 per annum, besides £6 to the rector of Mundesley. Lord Suffield, and the Master of Peter House College, Cambridge, are the patrons alternately. The college belongs to Knapton Hall, now held on lease by the Rev. Stephen Cook. The rent of one rood of land is carried to the poor rates.

Mrs. Shirley supports a school here.

	 Aldis      Wm.                policeman
	 Cook       Rev. Stephen, M.A. vicar of Oulton, Knapton Hall
	 Cornish    Miss Eliz.
	 Farrow     Thomas             gardener
	 Hall       Peter              blacksmith
	 Miles      Mrs H.
	 Plumbly    James              gent
	 Robinson   Henry, Esq.        (Queen's standard bearer)
	 Shirley    Mrs S.             New Hall
	 Squire     John               shopkeeper
	 Sturr      Thomas             joiner, &c.

	                      FARMERS.
	                  (* are Owners)

	*Allison    Thomas            *Collings   John
	*Burton     J.                 Ducker     James
	 Claxton    Rice               Foreman    John
	 Cook       John               Fletcher   John
	*Cooper     John F.            Mullen     William
	*Coleman    Abm.               Sturgman   Jontn.

	   Schools.

	 Coble      Lydia
	 Doughty    Esther

	   Shoemakers.                   Shopkeepers.

	 Chaplin    Thomas             Squire     John
	 Holmes     Miles              Watts      Robert
	 Long       David

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See also the Knapton parish page.

Copyright © Pat Newby.
August 2005