[Transcription copyright © Mike Bristow]
WINTERTON is an ancient fishing village, lying in a bay, 8 miles N. by W. of Yarmouth, and sheltered on the north-east by that bold promontory called Winterton Ness, and well known to the mariner as the most fatal headland between Scotland and London(see page 151.). The parish had 631 inhabitants, and about 1260 acres of land; of which Joseph Hume, Esq., M.P., and Lord Winterton are the principal owners. The latter is lord of the manor, and the former patron of the rectory, which is valued in the King's Books at £20.13s.4d., and has annexed to it the curacy of East Somerton. The Rev. J. Nelson, B.A., is the incumbent. The Church, dedicated to the Holy Trinity and All Saints, has a fine embattled tower, 120 feet high, overlooking the highest parts of the Ness, and commanding an extensive view of the ocean.
The Light House, which stands on a lofty summit, on the south-east side of the village, is an hexagonal tower, nearly 70 feet high, and now illuminated with patent lamps and reflectors. It is the property of Lord Braybrook, and was granted, in 1687, to Sir Edward Turnour, with "1d. per ton for every vessel sailing by." There were formerly two lights on the Ness, but they were removed about 5 years ago. A coastguard, with a number of beach men and a two pilots, are stationed here.
Winterton gives the title of Earl to the Turnour family, and had formerly a market, fair, and races. In 1665, by the sea encroaching on the cliffs, several large bones were found, and one of them, weighing 57 pounds, and measuring 3 feet 2 inches, was pronounced by the faculty to be the leg-bone of a man ! On December 27th, a high tide caused such alarming sea-breaches at Winterton, Horsey, and Waxham, as to threaten destruction to all the level of marshes from thence to Yarmouth, Beccles, &c. - Mr. Hume supports a school here for 30 children, and has a wild-fowl decoy, covering about 30 acres.
Amis Henry & John mariners Bond Mr. Henry Brown Jph. Rt. & Thos. mariners Cock Wm. gardener Goffin Wm. shoemaker Higson Rd. schoolr. & par. clerk Juby John beer house King Ann shopkeeper Learner Samuel bricklayer Leech Mr Edw. Leigh Lieut. Thos. R.N. officer of coast guard Nelson Rev John, B.A. Rectory Palmer Edmund corn miller Popay Charles tailor & overseer Rogers Lawr. vict. Three Mariners Skelton Geo. decoy man Slater John shopkeeper Smith James shoemaker Smith Wm. light house keeper Stead Thos. bricklayer Thornhill Thos. Esq. Hill Cottage Tubby John shoemaker FARMERS. Diball Christmas Juby Joseph Flaxman Wm King Abel Green Ann Page Joseph Grimmer Benj. Shales Samuel Hodds Hy. jun. Womack Wm. Wright John CARRIERS - Thos Dyball and Hy. Hodds, to Yarmouth, Wed. and Sat.
See also the Winterton parish page.
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