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Norfolk: Necton

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

[Transcription copyright © Pat Newby]

NECTON, commonly called Neeton, is a parish and scattered village, on the Dereham Road, 4 miles E. of Swaffham, and in the Swaffham union and county court district, Lynn bankruptcy district, South Greenhoe hundred and petty sessional division, Swaffham polling district of West Norfolk, North Cranwich rural deanery, and Norfolk archdeaconry. It had 793 inhabitants in 1881, living on 3748 acres, and had a rateable value of £6077.

Robert Harvey Mason, Esq., J.P., is the principal owner of the soil, and is lord of the manors called Sparham Hall, Cocket's (or Corbet's), and Churchman's, formerly held by the De Toneys, Nevilles, Bedingfields, Eyres, Colliers, &c. He resides at the Hall, a handsome Elizabethan mansion, which is situated in a park of 300 acres, containing some of the finest oaks in the county. In the house is a neat domestic chapel, tastefully furnished with oak carved stalls, and having a fine-toned organ and two beautiful stained glass windows.

The CHURCH (All Saints) is an elegant edifice, comprising nave, aisles, chancel, vestry, mortuary chapel, and square tower with six bells. It was thoroughly restored in 1841 by subscription, towards which £1200 were given by the late Colonel Mason, who in 1847 erected the west gallery and gave the organ. The tower, which is now surmounted by a spire, was rebuilt in 1863 at a cost of £1300, of which £700 were contributed by the lord of manor, and the remainder was obtained from the church and school estate fund. The roof of the nave is of oak, curiously wrought, and supported by figures of angels with expanded wings, below which stand carvings of the twelve apostles. On the south side of the nave are other figures of apostles, &c., with the effigy of our Saviour in the centre. Several of the windows are filled with rich stained glass, and over the altar is a painting of the raising of Lazarus. The reredos, pulpit, and seats are of carved oak. On the floor are several black marble slabs, with brasses and inscriptions to the Goodwyn, Wynston, Mason, and other families.

The living is a rectory and vicarage united, valued in the King's Book at £8 6s. 8d., in the patronage of M.C. Walker, Esq., and incumbency of the Rev. Arthur Altham Dawson, M.A. The tithes were commuted in 1840 for £905 a year, of which £252 are lay property.

The Baptists have a chapel here, which was repaired and improved in 1882.

The NATIONAL SCHOOL, with residence for the master attached, was erected by the late Miss Mason in 1865.

The Church and School 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 £136, and a barn and 15A. 34P. in Necton, let for £23 a year. These rents are all applied in the service of the church and school, except £2 distributed among poor widows. The latter is in consideration of the bequest of Edward Rust in 1610. The poor parishioners have an annuity of 10s. left by Elizabeth Tinkler; and interest of £35 left by Henry Skipper and others.

POST OFFICE at Mr. Robert Phillips'. Letters from Swaffham, which is the nearest Money Order Office, arrive at 7.30; despatched at 5.20 p.m.; Sundays at 10 a.m.

	Barker    Robert         farmer
	Barnaby   John           farmer
	Blomfield Wm.            farmer, Sparkham hall
	Body      -              farmer
	Bond      -              vict. Good Woman
	Brock     William        tailor
	Catton    Mrs.           farmer
	Clarke    James          harness maker
	Clarke    Thomas         farmer
	Cocker    Jas.           cattledealer and farmer, Corbett's lodge;
	                           & Nth. Pickenham
	Couzens   John           beerhouse
	Dawson    Rev. Arthur    rector, Rectory
	            Altham, M.A.
	Davey     John           farmer
	Dunn      Chas.          baker and grocer
	Fowler    Wm.            agent to R.H. Mason, Esq., J.P. The Hall farm,
	                          & agt. to the Wstmnstr. & Gnl. Life Ince. Co.
	Gage      George         beerhouse
	Grummett  Jno.           butcher and dealer
	Grummett  Thomas         grocer
	Heyhoe    George         farmer
	Heyhoe    James          farmer and owner
	Jarvis    Chas. Wharton  grocer, draper, & ironmonger
	Kemp      James          farmer
	Larwood   James          farmer and owner
	Makins    Mrs.           farmer
	Mason     Robert Harvey,
	            Esq., J.P.   Necton hall
	Miller    Thomas         tailor
	Nelson    Edward         farmer
	Nelson    Fras.          fmer. & miller, Necton mill
	Nelson    Wm.            farmer and seedsman
	Nichols   John           shoemaker
	Phillips  Robt.          shoemaker and parish clerk, post office
	Reyner    Rowland        farmer
	Roberts   Henry          blacksmith
	Smith     Thomas         shoemaker
	Stead     Arthur         schoolmaster
	Stibbon   Jno.           vict. Three Tuns, & frmr.
	Trollope  Brightmer      blacksmith
	Wace      Walter         farmer, Wood farm
	Walker    George         farmer
	Ward      Frederick      farmer
	Wortley   -              farmer
	Young     Andrew         farmer & landowner
	Young     Mrs

Coffee, Reading Room, and Library, G. Stebbings, manager.

CARRIERS. - John Rose, to Swaffham, Sat (George); Wm. Jarvis. to Swaffham, Sat. (White Horse.)


"for '[park of] 300 [acres],' read '200.' Mrs. Smythe is now the patroness of the living. The Rev. Francis Kohler Povah, M.A., is now rector, vice Dawson, deceased. In Directory, for Fowler William, 'agent,' &c. read 'steward.'"

See also the Necton parish page.

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August 2004