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Norfolk: Matlaske

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

MATLASK, 7 miles N.N.W. of Aylsham, and 6 miles S.E. of Holt, is a parish in Erpingham union, North Erpingham hundred and petty sessional division, Holt county court district, Norwich bankruptcy district, Aldborough polling district of North Norfolk, Repps rural deanery, and Norfolk archdeaconry. The rateable value is 753 2s. 6d., and the gross estimated rental 918 17s. 6d. It had 164 inhabitants in 1881, and comprises 472 acres of land.

The parish is mostly the property of the Rev. John Gunton, the lord of the manor, who has a pleasant seat called Matlask Hall, but J.T. Mott, Esq., has an estate here. In 1852 a beautiful gold niello was picked up in a field in this parish, and is now in the possession of R. Fitch, Esq., F.S.A., of Norwich, It is about an inch in diameter and represents the crucified Saviour, with a Bishop on one side of him and the Baptist and the Agnus Dei on the other.

The CHURCH (St. Peter) has a tower, round at the base and octagonal above, and was partly restored in 1853 at the expense of Mrs. Gunton, and reroofed in 1878. On Sunday, March 19, 1726, the chancel fell in during divine service, but all escaped uninjured. The Registers date from 1558.

The living is a discharged rectory, consolidated with Plumstead, valued in the King's Book at 5, and was augmented in 1731 with 200 of Queen Anne's bounty, and 200 given by Richard Whitaker, laid out in 40 acres of land at Gresham. The old glebe is 10 acres, and the tithes were commuted in 1841 for 130 per annum. The Rev. H.W. Mayow, of Plumstead, is incumbent, and the Queen, as Duchess of Lancaster, is patroness.

The Free Methodists have a small chapel here, built in 1863.

A SCHOOL BOARD for the united districts of Barningham Parva and Barningham Magna, Matlask and Plumstead, was established in 1874, and consists of the following members, viz. - H. Cooke, Esq. (chairman), Rev. E.J. Harper (vice-chairman), Rev. H.W. Mayow, Mr. W.G. Lee, and Mr. J.E. Newstead, for Barningham Parva. The School was built in 1876, at a cost of 1400, to accommodate 120 children.

POST from Norwich, via Hanworth. Wall Letter-Box cleared at 2.20 p.m., on week days only.

	Cook      Herbert    farmer & surveyor, The Hall;
	                       & Aldborough & Thurgaton
	Lee       Wm. Geo.   farmer; and Wickmere
	Leeder    Wm.        blacksmith, wheelwright, and overseer
	Leeder    Wm. jun.   shopkpr. & overseer
	Lubbock   John       parish clerk
	Wilkinson Walter     schoolmaster

A niello is an ornamental engraving in black on silver or gold.
See also the Matlaske parish page.

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July 2002