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Norfolk: Great Ringstead

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

[Transcription copyright Paul Beesley]

RINGSTEAD (GREAT) is a pleasant village, in a fertile valley, 2 miles S.E. of Hunstanton, and 8 miles W. by S. of Burnham Market, in Docking union, Lynn county court district and bankruptcy district, Smithdon and Brothercross petty sessional division, Docking polling district of West Norfolk, Smithdon hundred, Heacham rural deanery, and Norfolk archdeaconry. It had 458 inhabitants in 1881, living on 2675 acres, and has a rateable value of 3277. Most of the parish belongs to Hamon Styleman le Strange, Esq., the lord of the manor and patron of the living.

Here were formerly two CHURCHES (St. Peter and St. Andrew), but the former was taken down in 1771, except its circular tower, and the materials were used in repairing St. Andrew's. St. Andrew's church comprises nave, south porch, chancel and square tower with one bell, and a clock; and was originally of Decorated architecture, but all the windows are Perpendicular insertions. There is a fine Decorated piscina with a lateral opening in the chancel, and at the south-west end of the nave there is another but plainer one. The building was thoroughly restored, refitted with open benches, and enlarged by the addition of a north aisle, in 1864, at a cost of about 1800.

Here are marble tablets of the Styleman, North and Fysh families.

The two discharged rectories were consolidated in 1771, and were valued in the King's Book at 20.6s.8d., but are now worth 630 a year. The Rev. Wm. Law Hussey, M.A., is the incumbent, and has a good residence, which was enlarged in 1840.

The Primitive Methodists have a chapel containing 140 sittings, and erected in 1867 at a cost of 300.

The National School, a neat Gothic building, erected in 1852, is attended by 100 children and supported by subscription.

The Fuel Allotment, 53A. 1R. 18P., was awarded at the enclosure in 1782, and is let for 25 a year. The poor have also the following yearly doles, viz.:- 10s. left by the Rev. Timothy Swift in 1719; 28s. 6d. from 28 10s. left by L. Hockwell and other donors; and 20s. left by Mr. Reed.

POST OFFICE at Mr. A. Wales's. Letters arrive at 8 a.m. and are despatched, via Lynn, at 5 p.m. Hunstanton is the nearest Money Order and Telegraph Office.

	Bartaby    Christmas        crpntr. & whlwrt
	Bond       Saml.            butcher, & at Hunstanton
	Burlingham Thomas           butcher
	Clark      William          victualler, Compasses Inn, and brewer
	Crane      John             corn miller and farmer
	Dodman     Thomas           beerhouse, grocer, and ironmonger
	Dowdy      William          bootmaker
	Gathercole William          blacksmith
	Hall       George           blacksmith
	Howlett    Miss Maria       Ringstead lodge
	Hussey     Rev. William Law rector, The Rectory
	Jarrett    Mrs Harriet      baker
	Kitton     Thomas Beck      farmer
	Lewis      Henry            farmer
	Margetts   Stephen          farmer
	Robertson  George Wilby     farmer
	Smith      John             carrier
	Wales      Arthur           grocer, draper and postmaster
	Warton     Leonard Walter   farmer, Courtyard farm
	Wilson     Frederick        farmer
	Wilson     George           farmer
	Wilson     Mr. John
	Wright     Mr Frederick     Rose cottage
CARRIER - John Smith, to Lynn, Tues. Thurs. and Sat.
See also the Great Ringstead parish page.

Copyright Pat Newby.
November 1999