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Norfolk: Wacton

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

[Transcription copyright © Ann Duncan]

WACTON, in a pleasant valley, 11 miles S. by W. of Norwich, and 6½ miles E.N.E. of New Buckenham, has in its parish 267 souls, and 1044 acres of land, including a common of 273A. It was formerly two parishes, called Wacton Magna and Parva, but the church of the latter was dilapidated in 1522, when the two rectories were consolidated.

The Rev. Clarke Stoughton is lord of the manor, (fines arbitrary;) but Wacton Hall, now a farm-house, belongs to Chas. Walford, Esq., and several others have estates here.

The Church (All Saints,) has a round tower and three bells. The rectory, valued in the King's Book at £7. 13s. 4d., is in the gift of the Rev. Ellis Burroughes, and incumbency of the Rev. Henry Atkinson, of Bacton. The glebe is 33A. 2R. 5P., and the tithes were commuted in 1841 for £323. 4s. per annum.

The poor have a yearly rent-charge of 52s., left by Eliz. Bayspool, in 1711, out of land belonging to the Rev. J. Cotman.

Directory:-

	Alderton   Mattw.          shoemkr
	Bishop     Wm.             nurseryman
	Buxton     John            vict. Duke's Head
	Dade       Wm.             blacksmith
	Dade       Jonth.          beer seller
	Dye        John            beer seller
	Rivett     Ellis           miller
	Smith      Chpr.           carpenter

	   farmers

	Alexander  Richd.
	Delf       Wm.
	Everett    John
	Fuller     Thomas
	Coleby     Margaret Harvey [see note below] 
	Holmes     John
	Howe       Wm.
	Le Grice   John
	Webster    John
	Weston     John and Wm.

Note: In the original, this is Margaret Harvey Coleby.
See also the Wacton parish page.

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June 2001