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Norfolk: East Ruston

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

[Transcription copyright © Peter Green]

RUSTON, (EAST) or Riston, a large scattered village, 6 miles E. by S. of North Walsham, has in its parish 759 souls, and 2494A. of land, mostly arable. In 1810, about 300A. were allotted to the poor, who cut fuel, and pastured their cattle upon it. The rest belongs to a number of free and copy-holders. The Rev. F.W. Cubitt is lord of the manors of East Ruston and Burnells, and the Trustees of D.B. Scott, Esq., are lords of Kerdiston Netherhall. Here is also a rectorial manor, leased with the tithes.

The Church (St. Mary,) was re-pewed, and the north aisle rebuilt, in 1778. The benefice is a discharged vicarage, valued in the King's Book at £11.11s.10d., and annexed to the rectory of Ridlington, in the alternate patronage of Lady Wodehouse, and the Dean and Canons of Windsor. The latter are appropriators of the tithes, which are subject to the payment of only £13.6s.8d. to the vicar, and were commuted in 1841, for £941.5s. per annum. They are held on lease, with the Rectory manor by T.N. Keith and J.J. Blake, Esqrs.

East Ruston is distinguished as the birth-place of that truly eminent Greek scholar, RICHARD PORSON, M.A., who was born here in 1759, and was first initiated in letters by his father, then clerk of the parish. He was sent to Eton by the liberality of his patron, Mr. Norris, and afterwards to Trinity College, Cambridge, where he was elected Fellow, in 1781, and proceeded to a master's degree in 1785. His acquisitions in Grecian literature were uncommonly extensive, as his criticisms and emendations of authors in that language clearly evince. In 1703 [?1803] he was unanimously chosen Greek Professor of the University. A short time before his death, which happened in 1808, he was appointed principal librarian to the London Institution.

	 Bates      Samuel          vict. Butchers' Arms
	 Curtis     Wm.             tailor
	 Dixon      John            vict. Fox and Hounds
	 Hammond    John            wherry owner
	 Hammond    Joseph          vict. chequers
	 Humphrey   John            shopkeeper
	 Scarland   James           corn miller
	 Sims       Robert          wheelwright
	 Turner     John Rudd       corn miller
	 Youngman   John            grocer and draper

	 Plummer    John
	 Riches     Wm.

	    FARMERS. (* are Yeomen.)

	 Atthill    Anthy. J.       Nickolls   Thomas
	*Bane       Mary            Pull       John
	 Barber     Jonathan       *Rudd       Ash
	 Barber     Benjamin        Short      Robert
	 Bates      William         Silcock    Cubitt Obadiah
	 Bell       William         Weeds      Ann & E.
	 Bowen      John            Whittleton Geo.
	 Durrell    John            Whittleton Thos.
	 Gaze       Robert          Whittleton Robt.


	 King       Samuel
	 Palmer     Danial [sic]
	 Riches     Robert
	 Salmon     Robert
	 Spanton    George


	 Bullimore  Benj.
	 Hewitt     Stephen
	 Plummer    John            (& parish clerk)

See also the East Ruston parish page.

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November 1999