WACTON, in a pleasant valley about 1½ mile S.E. of Forncett station, 11 miles S. by W. of Norwich, and 6½ miles E.N.E. of New Buckenham, is a parish in Depwade union, hundred, and petty sessional division, Harleston county court district, Ipswich bankruptcy court district, Stratton polling district of South Norfolk, Depwade rural deanery, and Norfolk archdeaconry. It had 233 inhabitants in 1881, and comprises 1044 acres of land. The rateable value is £1425. The parish includes 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 farmhouse, belongs to Colonel H. A. Walford; and R. R. Burroughes, Esq., and several others have estates here. Wacton House, near the church, is the residence of Major H. F. Holmes, J.P.
The CHURCH (All Saints), which was re-roofed and slated in 1869, has 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 of Alex. Webber, Esq. The present rector is the Rev. Edward T. Chadwick, 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.
Here is a National School, built in 1872, with accommodation for 50 children.
POST via Long Stratton, which is the nearest Money Order and Telegraph Office.
Butler Robert corn-miller Chadwick Rev. Edward T. The Rectory Dade Thomas shoemaker & shopkpr Dennis Alexander farmer Holmes Major Henry Tuke, J.P. Wacton House Le Grys William farmer, Hill farm Mann John farmer, Wacton hall Peck Edward farmer Peck James farmer and owner Punchard James farmer; h London Smith Geo. joiner & vict. Duke's Head Snelling John G. farmer; h Norwich Weston Mrs Harriet farmer & owner
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