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Norfolk: Morston

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

MORSTON, on an acclivity overlooking the salt-marshes, is about a mile from the sea beach, 6 miles E. of Wells, and 7 miles N.W. by W. of Holt. Its parish has 173 inhabitants, and 1578 acres of land, exclusive of a tract of low marshes, which is overflowed at spring tides, and is intersected by the Blakeney harbour.

Lord Charles Townshend owns a great part of the soil, and is lord of the manor, and patron of the Church (All Saints,) which is a rectory, valued in the King's Book at £18, and consolidated with Stiffkey. (See page 677 [which is the entry for Stiffkey].)

The poor have half an acre of land, allotted at the enclosure in 1799, and the following yearly doles, viz., 20s., left by Jno. Ringer, in 1608; 26s., left by Chphr. Ringer, in 1678; and 40s., left by Wm. Buck.

A lieutenant and seven men are stationed here as a coastguard.

Directory:-

	Mayes   Richard            vict., Anchor
	Parke   George             vict., Townshend Arms
	Thomas  Lieut. George, R.N.
	Wrench  Mrs. Eliz.
	Wade    Benjamin           farmer
	Wood    George             farmer


See also the Morston parish page.

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