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Norfolk: West Winch

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

[Transcription copyright © Mike Bristow]

WINCH (WEST) is a parish and a village of detached houses on and near the Setch turnpike, 3 miles S. of Lynn, in Freebridge Lynn union, hundred, and petty sessional division, Lynn county court district and bankruptcy district, Lynn polling district of West Norfolk, Lynn (Norfolk) rural deanery, and Norwich archdeaconry. It contained 408 inhabitants in 1881, living on 1170 acres, and has a rateable value of £2866. The parish lies partly in the low meadows and common on the east side of the river Nar.

Lord William Henry Hugh Cholmondeley is lord of the manor; but a great part of the soil belongs to Lord Aveland, Sir L. W. Jarvis, and Francis Hay Gurney, Esq., a few smaller freeholders, and a number of copyholders.

The CHURCH (St Mary) comprises nave with south aisle and clerestory, south porch, chancel with vestry on north side, and lofty square tower with battlements and pinnacles. It is all of the Perpendicular period, except the chancel and south aisle, which are Early English. The tower arch is open to the nave, and the font stands near the west door, which has externally an elegant niche on each side and a large window above it. The rood-screen remains, and the vestry, which has a groined roof, contains two aumbries and a piscina.

The pulpit is modern, and its panels have paintings of the Four Evangelists and St. Peter. The chancel is filled with poppy-headed stalls, and the rest of the church with open benches. Here are tablets of the Hindson, Leete, and Codling families. The rails of the communion table are of the Jacobean period. The church was thoroughly restored in 1849, when all the windows were filled with cathedral glass with stained glass borders.

The rectory, valued in K.B. at £9 13s. 4d., and now worth about £350 a year, has 28 acres of glebe, and a yearly rent-charge awarded in lieu of tithes in 1840. The Lord Chancellor is patron, and the Rev. George Eller, M.A., is incumbent, and has a handsome residence of Car-stone faced with white bricks, erected in 1847 at a cost of £1400.

The National School was built in 1837, and enlarged in 1874, and is attended by about 40 children.

The Wesleyans have a small chapel in the parish. A Primitive Methodist Chapel was erected in 1874, at a cost of £175. The Church Land, &c., comprises a house, six common rights, and four acres of land, let for about £25 a year. The poor parishioners have three cottages, two acres of land called the Town Yards, and nine common rights, let for about £33 a year. The rents are distributed in coal. The parish clerk has the Clerk's Close and several common rights.

A Labourer's Friend Society was established in 1844, for the purpose of hiring land and letting it out to the poor of the parish on the allotment system.

POST OFFICE at Mesdames Bowler & Winch's. Letters arrive at 7.10 a.m., and are despatched at 5.10 p.m. viâ Lynn.

Barrett      Miss Annie
Bodger       James             bricklayer and builder
Bowler       Miss Martha       (B. & Winch)
Bowler & Winch                 drapers
Clarke       William           gardener
Clarke       William           farmer
Coldham      William           gardener
Cooper       Thomas            farmer
Curtis       Charles           farmer
Curtis       Robert            cowkeeper
Davies       James             gardener
Daw          Wm. Edwd.         pork butcher, Lynn
Dunn         Geo.              carpenter and wheelwright
Dunn         Thomas            farmer
Eller        Rev. George, M.A. rector
Elyard       Robert            cowkeeper
Fayer        Wm.               farmer and parish clerk
Frost        John              cowkeeper
Fuller       James Cooper      victualler, Sportman's Arms
Fuller       Wm.               vict. Cock, & blacksmith
Godfrey      Francis           farmer
Gore         John              cowkeeper
Guyton       James             brickmaker
Hearn        William           cowkeeper
Henderson    Miss Mary Annie   schlmstrss
Hodgson      Thomas            cowkeeper
Howell       Henry             dairyman
Ireland      William           tailor
Kippen       Robert            farmer
Leake        Herbert Anderson  oil and cake manufacturer, Lynn
Lemmom       Fredk. William    corn miller
Lemmon       Mrs Margaret
Link         Edward            bootmaker
Little       Harry             farmer, Manor house
Leverton     Mr William
Nicholls     John              dairyman
Savage       Wm. Peacock       frmr. & landowner
Smith        Leonard Claxton   fmr. & landownr
Smith        Leonard Claxton
Springall    Mr Thomas
Triance      Mr Henry
Triance      William           farmer
Wake         Mr Edward
Wake         Mrs Susan
Warren       Alban             carpenter
Warren       Isaac             victualler, Chequers
Wetherell    John              bank clerk
Winch        Miss Mary Ann     (Bowler & W.), and postmistress

CARRIERS pass through to Lynn

See also the West Winch parish page.

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June 2000