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Norfolk: Overstrand

William White's History, Gazetteer, and Directory of Norfolk 1883

[Transcription copyright © Pat Newby]

OVERSTRAND, on the coast, from 1 to 2 miles E.S.E. of Cromer, has its parish in Erpingham union, North Erpingham hundred and petty sessional division, Holt county court district, Norwich bankruptcy district, Cromer polling district of North Norfolk, Repps rural deanery, and Norfolk archdeaconry.

It had 227 inhabitants in 1881, and comprises 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 several fishing boats. It has a rateable value of £1221. It is in the manor of Gimingham-Lancaster, held by Lord Suffield, J.P., who is the principal landowner. Several new villas have recently been erected in this parish, near the Cromer Railway Station.

The old CHURCH (St. Martin) was washed down in the reign of Richard II., when another was erected, which is now in ruins; Sir T.F. Buxton and Lady Buxton lie buried in them. In 1867, a new church (CHRIST CHURCH), in the Early English style, consisting of chancel, nave, and side aisle, was built near to it, in the same [burial-ground].

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 a year, awarded in 1840, in lieu of tithes. J.H. Gurney, Esq., is patron, and the Rev. Forster G. Simpson, B.A., is the incumbent, and has a good residence, built in 1861.

The School was erected in 1830, and endowed by Miss Anna Gurney and her brother, Hudson Gurney, Esq. The poor have the rent of 3 acres of land in Cromer parish, distributed in coal. A Reading Room has been opened at the expense of J. Gurney, jun. Esq., of North Repps. Foulness, or Cromer Lighthouse, stands in this parish.

POST from Norwich, viâ North Repps; telegrams and parcels by Great Eastern Railway viâ Cromer.

	Beverley  Michael, M.D.      Overstrand cottage; and Norwich
	Bowden    Edward             foreman brickyard
	Braim     Jph.               gentlemen's boarding, day, and
	                               preparatory school, 6 Suffield pk
	Brigham   Robert             shoemaker
	Comben    Richard &
	            William Richard  lighthouse keepers
	Comer     Robt.              brickmkr.; and at Suffield
	Cross     Jeremiah           farmer
	Dobbin    Charles            architect and surveyor,
	                               1 Suffield park; and London
	Farrow    Mrs Rose           shopkeeper
	Green     John               carpenter & parish clerk and pony
	                               carriage letter
	Matthews  Mr.                3 Suffield park
	Matthews  John               bricklayer
	Middleton Richard            shopkeeper and twine spinner
	Payne     Henry              carpenter and farmer
	Rogers    Mr Stephen
	Savory    John Howes         lodgings & shoemaker
	Seago     Edward             painter and plumber
	Simpson   Rev. Forster
	            George, B.A.     rector, Rectory; and of Sidestrand
	Spencer   Jonathan Betts     schoolmaster
	Summers   Stephen            vict. White Horse Inn, and pony
	                               carriage letter

See also the Overstrand parish page.

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Copyright © Pat Newby.
December 2007