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Norfolk: Whissonsett

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

[Transcription copyright © Pat Newby]

WHISSONSETT, a village and parish, 5 miles S. of Fakenham, contains 702 inhabitants, and 1328 acres of land. Colonel Jones is lord of the manor, but here are a number of small land-owners. A fair is held here on Whit-Wednesday, for shoes and pedlery.

The CHURCH, dedicated to the Virgin Mary, is a large structure, with a tower, four bells, and several inscriptions to the Bozoun, Hapton, Gybon, and other families.

The rectory, valued in the King's Book at £10. 3s. 4d., is consolidated with Horningtoft, in the gift of F.R. Reynolds, Esq., and incumbency of the Rev. E.C. Kemp. The joint benefices were valued in 1831 at £722 per ann. The tithes of this parish have been commuted for the yearly rent of £327.

The common was enclosed in 1812. Nicholas Dunham, in 1591, left the yearly rent-charges of 16s. 8d. to this parish, and 3s. 4d. each to Colkirk, Horningtoft, and Oxwick, for the poor.

	Barker    Aldridge        butcher
	Dashwood  Rev Chas. John  curate of Oxwick and Tittleshall
	Forby     Mrs.            baker
	Goggs     Mrs M.
	Goodman   Dennis          vict. King's Head
	Hawkins   Nathl.          tea dlr. & schoolr.
	Hawkins   Mr. Thos.
	Holland   David           shopkeeper
	Hoy       Edw.            watch mkr. and beerhs.
	Kemp      Rev Edward      rector
	            Curtis
	Leaman    Mrs
	Mason     Mr John
	Neale     Jas.            joiner & cabinet maker
	Rudd      Mrs
	Smith     Hy. and Dennis  bricklayers
	Stanforth Mrs
	Thing     John            joiner and par. clerk
	Walker    Geo.            horse brker & vict. Bell
	West      Robt.           draper & leather cutter
	Yaxley    Mattw.          cattle dealer and vic. Swan

	   Blacksmiths.

	Fox       Jno.            wheelgt
	Parker    Robert
	Taylor    Thomas
	White     Wm.

	   FARMERS.

	Barrett   -
	Bates     Rt.             Hall
	Brown     Henry
	Carr      Jonathan
	Jarerd    Wm.             [Possibly Jarred]
	Nelson    Jno.            joiner
	Powell    Charles
	Seaman    Henry
	Skinner   Wm.
	Sparrow   Wm.             and butcher
	Yaxley    Wm.             and miller

	   Shoemakers.

	Hall      Wm.
	Pratt     John
	Pratt     Richard
	Rudd      Robert

	   Tailors and Clothes Dealers.

	Barker    Wm.             and hatter
	Basham    Charles
	Basham    Thomas
	Robinson  Robert
	Thing     James
	Yaxley    James
CARRIERS to Norwich, Lynn, &c., on market days.
See also the Whissonsett parish page.

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July 2003