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Norfolk: Oulton

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

[Transcription copyright © Richard Johns]

OULTON, a parish of scattered houses, 3½ miles N.W. of Aylsham, has 409 souls, and 1849 acres, but only 1675 acres are assessable. The Dowager Lady Suffield, the Rev. S. Pitman, of Oulton Hall, (a neat mansion, sheltered by woody acclivities,) and W.E.L. Bulwer, Esq., own most of the soil. The latter is lord of the manor, but Lady Suffield is impropriator of the great tithes.

The Church (St. Peter and St. Paul,) has a tower and one bell. The living is a discharged vicarage, valued in the King's Book at £8. 5s., and now having 13A. 28P. of glebe, and a yearly rent of £190, awarded in 1839, in lieu of the vicarial tithes. The Rev. Stephen Cooke, M.A., of Knapton, is patron and incumbent.

About half a mile N.E. of the church is an Independent Chapel, with a cemetery of 5A. 2R. 9P., and a house for the minister, who has £5 a year from the bequest of the late Thomas Bell, Esq., from whom Oulton Hall passed to its present owner.

In the parish is the smallest of the two Workhouses of Aylsham Union. It was originally a farm-house, and was altered as a House of Industry, in 1804, at the cost of £1100. It was subsequently enlarged, and served for six parishes till the formation of Aylsham Union. It is held on lease from Lady Suffield. The poor widows of Oulton have 10s. a year out of the Hall estate, left by Edmund Bell, in 1694.

	Barnaby  Elden Fredk.   govr. Workhs
	Bird     Geo.           wheelgt  [see note below]
	Bird     Henry          tailor   [see note below]
	Clark    Edward         gardener
	Fitt     Peter          joiner and parish clerk
	Martin   Wm.            vict. Pitman's Arms
	Pigg     John           coachman
	Pitman   Rev Samuel     Oulton Hall
	Rayner   Mrs Gertrude
	Roberts  Rev Richd.     (Indept. min)

	   FARMERS.

	Brooks   Mary
	Crisp    Stflt. R. [sic]
	Gay      Robert
	Keeler   Thomas
	Martin   Wm.
	Poll     Edmund
	Poll     James
	Poll     John
	Rice     John
	Roberson Wm.
	Seman    Robert
	Skinner  Edward
	Tipple   James
	Tipple   Thomas
CARRIERS to Norwich & Holt, call at Pitman's Arms.
Note: in the original, the entry is:
     "Bird Henry, tailor || & Geo. wheelgt"
See also the Oulton parish page.

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July 1999