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Norfolk: Runton

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

[Transcription copyright © Pat Newby]

RUNTON parish, on the sea-coast, from one to two miles W. of Cromer, is 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. The rateable value in 1881 was £1846 15s., and the gross estimated rental £2135 7s. 6d.

The parish comprises the small villages of East and West Runton, and had 506 inhabitants in 1881, living on 1245 acres of land, belonging to various owners, and lying in the manors of Runton-Hayes, Runton-Stubbe [sic], Beeston Regis and Priory, East Beckham, Felbrigg, Aylmerton, and Gresham. The devisees of the late W.H. Windham, Esq., are owners of the first, and Lady Durrant of the second. Sir T.F. Buxton, Bart., and B.B. Cabbell, and Thomas Wyndham Cremer, Esqs., are the principal landowners.

The CHURCH (Holy Trinity) stands on an acclivity above West Runton, and comprises nave with aisles, chancel, porch, and square tower with one bell. It was restored and refitted with open seats about 1854, and several of the windows were filled with beautiful stained glass. There are a fine piscina and sedilia in the chancel, and also a piscina at the east end of the south aisle. A lady has just (1883) presented a lectern.

The discharged rectory, valued in the King's Book at £10, is consolidated with that of Aylmerton. (See page 129 [which is the entry for Aylmerton].) The glebe here is 18A. 2R. 26P., and there are 2A. 1R. 2P. in the parish of Beeston Regis. The tithes were commuted in 1838 for £245 per annum.

The school at East Runton is a spacious building in the Elizabethan style, and was built in 1858. It has a good house attached, and is supported by Sir T.F. Buxton, Bart.

The Primitive Methodists have a small chapel here. A reading-room was established here in 1877, and has forty members.

The Poor's Land, given by unknown donors, comprises about 10 acres, with a double cottage, in Runton, and 20A. 2R. 27P. in Holt and Letheringsett. The rents, amounting to £60 a year, are distributed in money and coal, together with 20s. from 1A. 1R. 32P. of land left by Robert Fraser in 1713; and £1 13s. from Hooke's charity, noticed with Beeston.

POST from Norwich, viâ Cromer, arrive at 8.45 a.m., and depart at 3 p.m.

Marked * are in West Runton.
	  Abbs      David              shoemkr. shopkpr. & fmr.
	  Abbs      Francis            farmer
	* Abbs      Francis            parish sexton
	  Abbs      Matthew            victualler, Boat Inn
	* Abbs      Thomas             farmer
	  Bird      Wm.                carpntr. wheelwrt. blacksth. and
	                               horse and gig letter
	  Buddrell  Jas.               vict. White Horse Inn, & fish curer,
	                                 & mert. & horse & gig letter
	  Burton    Mrs Sabina         lodgings
	  Cooper    James              farmer; h Cromer
	* Edwards   Samuel             farmer
	  Field     Ellis              farmer
	* Field     Mr Ellis
	  Field     Nathl.             farmer & coal &c. mert. at Cromer
	  Gray      James              shopkeeper
	* Griffin   Alfred             farmer
	* Griffin   John               farmer
	  Holman    John               carpenter & wheelwright
	* Ives      Robert             farmer
	  Johnson   Herbert Jarrett    gentleman
	  Kemp      Jas.               miller, overseer, & tax collcr.
	* Knowles   Matthew            farmer
	  Limmer    Miss Charlotte
	              Elizabeth        lodgings, Stone cottage
	  Mills     Rev. William
	              Woodward, M.A.   rector; h Aylmerton
	* Pank      Mr Edmund William
	  Pitcher   Wm.                National schoolmaster
	  Potter    John               shopkeeper & postmaster
	  Press     Miss Ann           lodgings
	* Skipper   Mrs Martha Ann     shopkeeper
	  Slater    William            shoemaker
	  Thain     Benjamin           blacksmith
	  Wortley   Roger James        farmer, and brick, tile, &c.
	  Wright    James              farm bailiff

See also the Runton parish page.

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October 2006