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SHOTESHAM (LOW), 6 miles S. of Norwich, comprises the consolidated parishes of Shotesham St. Mary, St. Martin, and St. Botolph, and is in Henstead union and hundred, Swainsthorpe petty sessional division, Norwich county court and bankruptcy court district, Norwich polling district of South Norfolk, West Brooke rural deanery, and Norfolk archdeaconry. The united parish has a rateable value of £2935, and had 316 inhabitants in 1881, and comprises 1615 acres of land, exclusive of about 400 acres in Shotesham Park, the beautiful seat of Robert Fellowes, Esq., lord of the manor, and owner of the soil. The park is well wooded, and extends down to the river Tase. The house is a handsome modern structure of brick. The seat of the D'Oyley family is now a farm-house.
The CHURCH (St. Mary's) is a plain Perpendicular structure, comprising nave, chancel, south porch, and square tower with one bell. It was reseated and internally restored by R. Fellowes, Esq., in 1879. The ancient holy water stoup still remains in the porch. St. Martin's and St. Botolph's churches have been in ruins for several centuries; of the latter scarely anything remains, but the tower and part of the walls of the former are still standing. The three benefices were consolidated with Shotesham All Saints soon after the Reformation, as noticed below [in the entry for Shotesham All Saints]; and here are 16 acres of glebe.
Upwards of 1000 acres were enclosed in 1781. The poor have a share of the charities noticed below [in the entry for Shotesham All Saints], and the dividends of £60 three per cent. stock, purchased with £50 left by Miss Ann Fellowes, in 1817, which is distributed in bread. The Church Land is 3 acres, let for £5.
POST from Shotesham High.
Brighten Henry machinist Browne Henry estate agent to Robert Fellowes, Esq. Claxton George farmer Crane William farmer and miller Fellowes Robt. Esq. J.P. Shotesham park Gooch James carrier Hazell Charles farmer Martins James shoemaker White J. farm-bailiff to R. Fellowes, Esq. Wilson Philip market gardener
CARRIER - James Gooch to Norwich Wed. and Sat.
See also the Shotesham St Mary parish page.
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