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Norfolk: Wacton

William White's History, Gazetteer, and Directory of Norfolk 1864

[Transcription copyright © Pat Newby]

WACTON, in a pleasant valley, about 1½ [miles] S.E. of Forncett station, 11 miles S. by W. of Norwich, and 6½ miles E.N.E. of New Buckenham, has in its parish 244 inhabitants 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 Duke of Norfolk is lord of the manor, in which the fines are arbitrary: but Wacton Hall, now a farm-house, belongs to Charles Walford, Esq.; and R.R. Burroughes, Esq., and several others, have estates here.

The Church (All Saints) has a lofty thatched nave, and a round tower with three bells. It has five good windows on each side, and near the east end are sedilia and a very fine piscina. The font is ancient, and bears the evangelistic symbols. The rectory, valued in the King's Book at £7. 13s. 4d., is in the patronage and incumbency of the Rev. Charles Grain, M.A., who has a good residence, built in 1846. The glebe is 31A., and the tithes were commuted in 1841 for £312 per annum.

The poor have a yearly rent-charge of 52s. left by Eliz. Bayspool in 1711, out of land belonging to J. Cotman, Esq. POST via Long Stratton.

	  Alexander Mr Richard
	  Bishop    William            nurseryman, &c.
	  Dade      Wm.                blacksmith, (and at Pulham)
	  Grain     Rev. Charles, M.A. Rectory
	  Lloyd     Henry              machine and drill owner
	  Ludkin    Robert             shopkeeper
	  Newman    Robert             farm bailiff
	  Rivett    Mrs Elizabeth
	  Smith     Christopher        carpenter
	  Stimpson  Henry              corn miller
	  Youngman  William, sen.      tailor and victualler, Duke's Head

	  (* are Owners.)

	  Beckett   James              Hall
	  Bush      Noah
	  Fisher    Robt. King
	* Holmes    Jno. Colby
	  Le Grys   John
	  Le Grys   William
	  Marriner  Robert
	  Peck      Edward
	* Peck      James
	  Pidgeon   Jonas
	  Smith     Christopher
	  Talbot    Wm. Elijah         Wilderness farm
	* Weston    John

See also the Wacton parish page.

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Copyright © Pat Newby.
January 2006