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Norfolk: Weston Longville

William White's History, Gazetteer, and Directory of Norfolk 1883

[Transcription copyright © Pat Newby]

WESTON, or Weston Longville, is a parish of scattered houses, from 4 to 6 miles S. of Reepham, in St. Faith's union, Eynsford hundred and petty sessional division, Norwich county court and bankruptcy court district, Reepham polling district of North Norfolk, Sparham rural deanery, and Norwich archdeaconry. It had 404 inhabitants in 1881, and comprises 2750 acres; it has a rateable value of £3789.

The soil is rich loam and is mostly the property of Col. Hambleton Fras. Custance, K.C.B., the lord of the manor, who resides at Weston House, a neat cemented mansion, delightfully situated on the south side of the vale of the Wensum, about a mile north of the church, and south of Lenwade Bridge, in a beautiful park, which has been recently improved by the addition of two handsome lodges. The old hall, now a farmhouse, was built by the Rokewoods, who had large estates in the neighbourhood at an early period. W.T. Collison, Esq., the (Exors. of) Rev. Hy. Collison, the Rev. H.E. Lombe, G.D. Berney, Esq., and some smaller owners have land in the parish.

The CHURCH (All Saints) has a tower and five bells. The living is a discharged rectory, valued in the King's Book at £8 18s. 1d., and now having 47A. 3R. 1P. of glebe, and a yearly rent-charge of £680, awarded in 1840 in lieu of tithes. It is in the patronage of New College, Oxford, and incumbency of the Rev. Chas. C. Egerton, who has a good residence, built in 1841.

The United Methodist Free Church has a small chapel on the Green, about one mile south of the church, built in 1839.

A handsome school, in the Elizabethan style, with teacher's residence attached, was built in 1856 by Col. Sir H.F. Custance, K.C.B., who still supports it.

A cottage, taken down, and about two acres of land, left to the poor by Wm. Chapman, in 1724, are let for £7. The poor have also three roods of land, left by Richard Sheffield, and three yearly rent-charges, viz., 10s., left by Thos. Spencer; 3s. 4d., by Richard Bunn; and 10s. by an unknown donor.

In 1852, some men making a ditch in this parish came upon an urn containing about 300 silver coins of the Iceni, many of which are now preserved in the British Museum.

Wall Letter Box. Letters arrive 8.30 a.m., and despatched 4.30 p.m., viâ Norwich.

	Baker     Charles            builder & carpenter
	Barrett   John               farmer
	Bates     William            farmer
	Bunn      John               farmer
	Clark     David              blacksmith
	Custance  Col. Sir Hambleton
	            Fras. K.C.B.     Weston house
	Egerton   Rev. Chas. C.      rector, Rectory
	Faux      George G.          tailor
	Fransham  Daniel             frmr. Old Hall frm
	Gooch     George Fredk.      vety. surgeon and farmer
	Gray      Henry              vict. Eagle Inn & farmr
	Gray      Henry, jun.        farmer
	Grey      James              grocer and draper
	Harvey    Wm.                farmer, and Fakenham
	Hook      Jas.               ironfounder, machinist
	                               and implement agent
	Hubbard   John               carpenter
	Hubbard   William            farmer
	Lewell    Edmund             farmer
	Milk      David              farmer
	Pratt     Elijah             shoemaker
	Pratt     William            carrier to Norwich
	Richmond  Edward             farmer
	Richmond  John               farmer
	Salisbury Mrs Susan          farmer
	Salisbury Thomas             farmer
	Woods     William            parish clerk

See also the Weston Longville parish page.

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November 2014