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Norfolk: Overstrand

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

[Transcription copyright © Pat Newby]

OVERSTRAND, on the coast, from 1 to 2 miles E.S.E. of Cromer, has in its parish 240 souls, and 439 acres of land, bounded on the south by a range of hills, and on the north by the lofty sea cliffs, but having on the beach a fishing station, called BECK HYTH, where there are curing houses, and 4 large and 14 small fishing boats. It is in the manor of Gimingham-Lancaster, held by Lord Suffield, but the soil belongs to copyholders, subject to arbitrary fines.

The old Church (St. Martin,) was washed down in the reign of Richard II., when the present one was erected. Only part of the nave is fitted up for divine service, and the rest is in ruins.

The rectory, valued in the King's Book at £2. 1s. 5d., was augmented with £200 of Queen Anne's Bounty in 1800, and has £80. 7s. a year, awarded in 1840, in lieu of tithes. Lord Suffield is patron, and the Rev. Paul Johnson incumbent.

Miss Gurney supports a school here.

Foulness, or Cromer Light House, stands in this parish. (See page 753 [which is the entry for Cromer].)

DIRECTORY:-

	Craske   Jas.       bricklayer
	Cross    Jeremiah   farmer
	Neave    Fras.      farmer
	Pilgrim  Thos.      farmer
	Curtis   John       boat owner
	Brown    John       baker
	Ellis    N.         light-keeper
	Field    Sar. Ann   light-keeper
	Rogers   John       shoemaker
	Savory   John       shoemaker
	Summers  Robt.      carrier to Norwich, and vict., White Horse
	Summers  Edw.       fish curer

See also the Overstrand parish page.

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December 2007