OULTON, a parish of scattered houses, 3½ miles N.W. of Aylsham, is in Aylsham union and county court district, Norwich bankruptcy district, South Erpingham petty sessional division and hundred, Aylsham polling district of North Norfolk, Ingworth deanery, and Norwich archdeaconry. It has a rateable value of £2530, and had 379 inhabitants in 1881, living on 1849 acres.
The soil belongs to W.E.L. Bulwer, Esq., the Marquis of Lothian, Samuel Pitman, Esq., and others. Mr. Bulwer is lord of the manor, and Mr. Pitman owns Oulton Hall, a neat mansion in a small but well-wooded park, which is now unoccupied.
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-charge of £170, awarded in 1839, in lieu of the vicarial tithes. The Rev. Frederick Hunt is patron and incumbent, and has a good residence built about 1852. The Marquis of [Lothian] is impropriator of the rectorial tithes, which were commuted in 1841 for £20 10s. per annum.
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.
The Wesleyan Reformers have a small chapel in the village; and here is a school which was built and endowed in 1848 by the late Lady Suffield. It is a neat brick building in the Elizabethan style. The poor widows of Oulton have 10s. a year out of the Hall estate, left by Edmund Bell in 1694. There is an Oddfellows' Lodge and also a Friendly Society at the Pitman's Arms.
POST OFFICE at Mr. H.H. Hammond's. Letters are received at 7.30 a.m., and are despatched 3.30 p.m., viâ Norwich. Aylsham is the nearest Money Order Office.
Bolton Mr John Stuart The Hall Fuller Saml. bootmaker & beerhouse Gay Alfred John farmer, Wood farm Gay Wm. Ireland farmer, Manor farm Hammond Harry Hunting grocer, draper, and postmaster Hunt Rev. Frederick, B.A. vicar Keeler Henry parish clerk Kiddell Henry (exors. of), wheelwright and blacksmith Lake Truman farmer Moore John Dyball farmer, Malt House farm Moore Robert victualler, New Inn Pegg Matthew farmer Rice James farmer, Church farm Seaman Mrs farmer, Green farm Smith William John schoolmaster Wells Dennis land agent to the Marchioness of Lothian (office, The Hall), The Lodge
page 622, line 2 [which is paragraph 2], take out 'Saml. Pitman, Esq.;'
line 6 [which is paragraph 3], take out 'is patron and,' and insert it in next line, after 'Lothian.'
In Directory, for 'Gay Alfd. J. farmer,' read 'Barrow John.'
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