NEWTON-FLOTMAN, 7 miles S. by W. of Norwich, is a parish in Henstead union, Humbleyard hundred and rural deanery, Norwich county court district and bankruptcy district, Stratton polling district of South Norfolk, and Norfolk archdeaconry. It had 284 inhabitants in 1881, living on 1173 acres, and has a rateable value of £2793. The parish is mostly the property of F.W.K. Long, Esq., the lord of the manor; but Robert Fellows, Esq., and Sir Charles Harvey, Bart., and several smaller owners have estates here.
The CHURCH (Virgin Mary) was rebuilt in 1385, and is a plain structure of mixed Decorated and Perpendicular architecture, comprising nave, chancel, south porch, and square tower with one bell. There is a stoup in the porch, but the piscina in the chancel is plastered up. The old open seats still remain, and here is a fine brass, on which are engraved the effigies of Richard, Ralph, and Edward Blondeville, of the 15th and 16th centuries.
The rectory, valued in the King's Book at £10, is consolidated with that of Swainsthorpe, in the patronage of Fortescue Walter Kellett Long, Esq., and incumbency of the Rev. Henry C. Long, B.A., [who] has a pleasant rectory-house, built in 1835, on a commanding eminence. The tithes here have been commuted for £370 per annum.
The manor of Rainthorpe, as noticed with Flordon, is partly in this parish. The poor have the dividends of £173 17s. 10d., new 3½ per cent. stock, left by Thomas Clabburn in 1815, and a yearly rent-charge of £4, left by John Pye in 1697, out of land belonging to R. Fellowes, Esq. The NATIONAL SCHOOL was built in 1865 by the rector, and has an average attendance of 60 mixed children.
POST OFFICE at Mrs. Emma Yallop's. Letters arrive at 8.55 a.m. and despatched at 4.30 p.m., viâ Long Stratton, which is the nearest Money Order and Telegraph Office.
Avery Miss Ellen schoolmistress Brighton George pork butcher Brighton Richd. shopkeeper & coal dlr. Bullen Thomas parish clerk Byles Robert farmer Green Joseph Haslam land agent Harvey Charles farmer Kirby Edward thatcher Long Rev. Hy. Churchman, B.A. rector Long Capt. Octavius Nevil The Rectory Oldman Henry sheep dresser & clipper Randall Walter Howard joiner and builder, and vict. Maid's Head Sayer Ewd. [sic] shopkeeper & shoemaker Steggles John farmer, Plant's farm Trory James bakerCARRIERS from Pulham Wacton, Long Stratton, and Diss pass through on Wed. and Sat.
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