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ROCKLAND ST. PETER is a parish of scattered houses, 5½ miles S.E. of Watton, and 4 miles W.N.W. of Attleborough. It is in Wayland union, hundred, and petty sessional division, Attleborough county court district, Norwich bankruptcy district, Watton polling district of West Norfolk, Rockland rural deanery, and Norfolk archdeaconry. It had 254 inhabitants in 1881, living on 1010 acres of land, of a rateable value of £2356. About 200 acres and the church are in Shropham hundred.
Sir William B. Smijth, Bart., is lord of the manors of Kirkehall, Maynes, and Garneys, and owns about 431 acres of the soil, the rest of which belongs to the Barnard, Muskett, and other families.
The CHURCH (St. Peter) is a thatched edifice in the Early English style, and comprises nave, chancel, north porch, and round tower with octagonal belfry and one bell. The rectory, valued in the King's Book at £4 16s. 5½d., and now worth £266 a year, is in the patronage of T.W. Rackham, Esq., Norwich, and incumbency of the Rev. J.A. Bulman Fleming, who has 22A. 3R. 22P. of glebe, and an Elizabethan residence erected in 1840.
The Primitive Methodists have a chapel here, erected in 1859.
The parish is united with Rockland All Saints and St. Andrew's for school purposes, and a Board School for 100 children was built here in 1877. The Fuel Allotment, 15A. 34P., awarded in 1814, is let for £20. Here are also 2A. 26P. of old poor's land.
POST from Attleborough viâ Rockland All Saints. Pillar Letter Box cleared at 6.30 p.m.
Barnard James landowner Barker Robert vict. The Magpie Brett Mrs Mary victualler, The Bell Catchpole Charles bricklayer Clarke Jacob shoemaker Clarke John shoemaker Coleman Thomas Hovell farmer Dove John provision dealer Drake Miss Ellen schoolmistress Dye John carrier Fielding James farmer Fleming Rev. James A. Bulman The Rectory Groom John farmer Leech Joseph farmer Lincoln John miller and farmer Linsted Charles farmer Lister James farmer Sayer Arthur farmer and registrar of births, deaths, and marriages for Watton district, and sanitary inspector of Attleboro' district of Wayland union Sexton Christmas shoemaker Smith William machinist and farmer Standley Jas. blacksmith and shopkpr Whall Mrs Harriet shopkeeper
CARRIERS - John Dye, to Norwich, Wed. & Sat.
See also the Rockland St Peter parish page.
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