NEWTON (WEST) is a village on an eminence, 7 miles N.N.E. of Lynn, and comprises in its parish 268 inhabitants, and 1230 acres of land, lying in the two manors of Rivetts and Buckenham, and belonging to H.R.H. the Prince of Wales, who supports a school here for 50 children. The common (280A.) was enclosed in 1806, when 12 acres were allotted to the poor for fuel, &c.
The Church (St. Peter and St. Paul) is of the perpendicular period, and comprises nave with south aisle and porch, chancel, and battlemented tower, on the west side of which is a fine niche. In 1805, the north aisle was taken down, the arches built up, and modern windows inserted.
The rectory, valued in the King's Book at £5. 6s. 8d., is in the patronage of the Lord Chancellor, and incumbency of the Rev. Richard Brown Scholefield, M.A., who has a good residence, 7A. 2P. of glebe, and a yearly tithe rent-charge of £166. 6s.
The chief residents are -
The Rector Boothby Alfred farmer [see note below] Clarke Wm. shoemaker Cooke Jas. shopkeeper Dunger Emily schoolmistress Milton John parish clerk Sherringham Edw. Thos. farmer [see note below] Smith Fras. vict. Three Tuns Twaits Saml. miller, baker, and farmer Wakefield Robt. blacksmithPOST from Lynn, via Dersingham.
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