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Norfolk: Moulton St Michael

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

[Transcription copyright © Pat Newby]

MOULTON St. MICHAEL, or Great Moulton, is a parish, 9 miles N.N.E. of Diss, 6 miles E. by N. of New Buckenham, and about 2 miles from Tivetshall and Forncett railway stations, in Depwade union and hundred, and petty sessional division, Wymondham county court district, Norwich bankruptcy district, Stratton polling district of South Norfolk, Depwade rural deanery, and Norfolk archdeaconry. It had 359 inhabitants in 1881, living on 1347 acres of land, and has a rateable value of £2442.

The parish was anciently in two parishes, called Great and Little Moulton, but the church of the latter (All Saints) was demolished in 1570, and its site is now called the Sanctuary. Messrs. Thomas and Edward Betts are lords of the manor of Moulton, but part of the parish is in the manors of Aslacton and Forncett. The soil belongs to Mrs. Copeman, Edward Betts, Esq., and some smaller owners.

The CHURCH (St. Michael) is a small fabric, with nave, chancel, north aisle, and porch, and was restored and reseated in 1863. In the churchyard near the west end of the church, is a fine altar tomb of the 15th century.

The living is a rectory, valued in the King's Book at £6 13s. 4d., and now having 20 acres of glebe, and a yearly rent-charge of £460, awarded in 1840, in lieu of tithes. The rectory house is a splendid mansion in the Italian style, with extensive grounds and gardens, and was erected in 1831, regardless of cost, by the patron's brother. The drawing-room is an elegant apartment, with elaborately painted walls. C.W. Chute, Esq., is patron, and the Rev. Edward Russell Chute, B.A., J.P., incumbent.

The National School was built in 1874, with accommodation for 70 children.

The Town Land, 10A. 14P., is let for £20. Three acres of it were allotted at the enclosure, and part of the remainder was left in 1520, by the Rev. Richard Drake. In 1731 Samuel Hammond left £20 for the poor, and it was laid out in building a cottage, but the churchwardens distribute the interest yearly in bread.

POST OFFICE at George Aldis's. Letters arrive at 8.30 a.m., and are despatched at 4.50 p.m., viâ Long Stratton, which is the nearest Money Order and Telegraph Office.

	Aldis       George              postmaster & psh. clerk
	Arterton    George              fish hawker
	Bales       James               farmer
	Betts       Edward              farmer and owner
	Bush        Mrs.                shopkeeper
	Cadman      Samuel
	Chute       Rev. Edward Russell,
	              B.A. J.P.         The Rectory
	Cole        Alfred              farmer
	Constable   James               blacksmith
	Elvin       Robert              shopkeeper
	Feavearyear George              farmer
	Fish        John                farmer
	Gallant     James               farmer
	Gallant     Thomas              farmer
	Guyton      Samuel              hawker
	Herne       James               farmer and bricklayer
	Herne       James, jun.         farmer
	Howell      Frederick           farmer
	Howlett     Robert              farmer
	Kemp        Mrs Mary Anne
	Kett        Alfred John Browne  farmer and Tibenham
	King        Mrs Mary            farmer and owner
	Land        John                farmer
	Levett      Miss                schoolmistress
	Leighton    Ellis               vict. Fox & Hounds
	Mann        John                farmer; h Wacton Hall
	Martin      George              farmer
	Neave       Riches              farmer and owner
	Potter      Robert              bricklayer
	Potter      Thomas              carpenter and wheelwright
	Potter      Thomas John         carpenter
	Smith       Isaac               farmer
	Smith       Robert              farmer
	Smith       William George      farmer
	Spicer      Robert              farmer
	Stimpson    Edmund              tailor
	Talbot      Robert              carpenter & vict. The New Inn

See also the Moulton St Michael parish page.

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January 2006