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Norfolk: Morley St Peter

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

[Transcription copyright © Pat Newby]

MORLEY ST. PETER is a parish on the south side of the above [ie of Morley St Botolph], 2½ miles N. by E. of Attleborough, and 3½ miles S.W. of Wymondham. It is in Forehoe hundred, petty sessional division, and incorporation, Wymondham county court district, Norwich bankruptcy district, Wymondham polling district of South Norfolk, Hingham rural deanery, and Norfolk archdeaconry. It had 135 inhabitants in 1881, living on 1009 acres of land, and has a rateable value of £1763 10s. The soil is mostly the property of the trustees of Miss Violet Bathurst Graver Browne.

Morley Hall, a handsome white brick mansion, erected in 1841-2 in a fine lawn, well-studded with oak and other trees, and commanding extensive views, is inhabited by C.R. Saunders, Esq. The Old Hall, formerly the seat of the Sedleys, is an ancient Elizabethan brick mansion with a centre and two wings, encompassed by a moat. It is now a farmhouse. The Woodlands, a pleasantly-situated antique building near the church, has recently been restored and improved, and is the residence of the Lord Wodehouse.

The CHURCH is a small plain structure of Perpendicular architecture, consisting of nave, chancel, south porch, and low square tower with a conical roof and one bell. The chancel was rebuilt by the rector in 1849, [and] the nave was reseated in 1866, and fitted with [a] new pulpit. Here are marble tablets of the Browne and Sedley families. The chapelry has long been consolidated with the rectory of St. Botolph, which is considered the mother church of both parishes.

POST viâ Wymondham.

	Barker    David          farmer
	Barker    Philip         farmer
	Canham    John           farmer
	Clarke    William        farmer
	Hanton    Benjamin       farmer and dealer
	Hewitt    George         farmer
	Hewitt    Stephen        shopkeeper
	Howell    Mrs Ann
	            Richardson   fmr. Old hl.
	Pyman     Mrs. Ann       farmer
	Race      James          farmer
	Saunders  Mr C.R.        Morley hall
	Wodehouse Lord           The Woodlands

See also the Morley St Peter parish page.

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March 2016