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Norfolk: Necton

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

[Transcription copyright © Paddy Apling]

NECTON, commonly called Neeton, is a parish and scattered village, on the Dereham road, 4 miles E. of Swaffham, containing 996 inhabitants, and about 3316 acres of land, mostly belonging to Wm. Mason, Esq., of Necton Hall, the lord of the manors called Sparham Hall, Cocket's, alias Corbet's, and Churchman's, formerly held by the De Toneys, Nevilles, Bedingfelds, Eyres, Colliers, &c.

The CHURCH (All Saints) is a beautiful edifice, with a square tower and six bells. The roof of the nave is of oak, curiously wrought, and embellished with paintings, and supported by angels with expanded wings, below which stand the twelve apostles carved in oak, painted and gilt. On the north side of the nave are other figures of apostles, &c., with the effigy of our Saviour in the centre. On the floor are several black marble slabs, with brasses and inscriptions to the Goodwyn, Wynston, Mason, and other families.

The rectory, valued in the King's Book at £8.6s.8d., is in the patronage and incumbency of the Rev. John Preston Reynolds, M.A. The tithes were commuted in 1840, for £950 per annum, of which £252 is lay property.

Here is a Baptist and also a Wesleyan Chapel, the former built in 1802. The National School, erected by Wm. Mason, Esq., in 1839, is attended by 120 children.

The TOWN ESTATE, which has been vested in trust from an early period for the payment of tenths, fifteenths, and other burthens of the parish, except a small part for the relief of the poor, consists of a farm of 127A.3R.29P. at Fransham, let for £130, and a barn and 15A.34P. in Necton, let for £23.10s. a year. These rents are all applied in the service of the church, except about £2 distributed in bread, and £2 in money among poor widows. The latter is in consideration of the bequest of Edward Rust, in 1610. Since 1828, the trustees have expended £105 for a new clock, and £193.14s.9d. for a new peal of bells, in exchange for the old ones. The poor parishioners have an annuity of 10s. left by Elizabeth Tinkler; and the interest of £35 left by Henry Skipper and others.

	Carter     Wm.              vict. Good Woman
	Catton     Charles          wheelwright
	Griffiths  Rev Enoch        Bapt. min.
	Jordan     Mary Ann         vict. Three Tuns
	Mason      Wm. Esq.         Necton Hall
	Medley     Rev. George
	             Rowland, M.A.  curate
	Moore      Thomas           schoolmaster
	Reynolds   Rev John
	             Preston, M.A.  rector
	Shepherd   John             carpenter
	Ward       Wm.              plumber, painter, &c.

	   Beer Houses.

	Dickason   Hanh.
	Hudson     Wm.
	Phill      James

	   Blacksmiths.

	Brightmore Tlpe.
	Ollett     George
	Steadman   Wm.

	   Butchers.

	Brock      Thomas
	Hudson     Wm.
	Ollett     Edmund

	   Corn Millers.

	Green      Smith
	Trundle    John

	   FARMERS.

	Badeley    Wm.
	Blomfield  Wm.
	Buscall    John             Corbett's Farm
	Farrer     John
	Giles      Barlow
	Giles      Wm.              Eastgt
	Kerrison   Thos.            Ivytod farm
	Lambert    Fras.
	Nicholls   Robert
	Powley     Peter
	Ransome    Richd.           Mona Hill (see note below)
	Ransome    Wm.
	Reyner     Rolling
	Shepherd   John
	Skelton    John
	Skelton    J. jun.
	Trower     David
	Whitby     George

	   Shopkeepers.

	Andrews    Henry
	Tyler      Judith
	Ward       Wm.

Note: In the original, this is "Ronsome".
See also the Necton parish page.

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