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Norfolk: Wormegay

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

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WORMEGAY, or Wermegay, is a small dispersed village, 6 miles S.S.E. of Lynn, lying on the south side of the navigable river Nar. Its parish extends to Setch bridge, and contains 330 inhabitants, and 2,749 acres of land, of which Daniel Henry Lee-Warner, Esq., is principal owner, and lord of the manor; but W.W. Lee-Warner, Esq., is impropriator of the tithes.

This lordship was anciently held by the Bardolphs and Warrens; the former of whom had a castle here, of which the moat still remains; and the latter founded a priory near the village, in the reign of King John, for Austin canons; but a farm-house now occupies its site, which was granted at the dissolution to the Bishop of Norwich, together with the advowson of the CHURCH, (St. Michael,) a small edifice, with a tower and one bell.

The curacy, certified at £20, was augmented with £400 of Queen Anne's Bounty, in 1779 and 1800; and is now enjoyed by the Rev. Wm. Henslowe, M.A., of Tottenhill.

Here is a National School, built in 1839.

The Fuel Allotments, awarded at the enclosure, in 1811, comprise 21A. 3R. 23P., on which the parishioners (not occupying above the yearly value of £6,) cut turf, furze, &c., and let the herbage for about £9 a year. The poor have £2 a year, paid by a tenement of Henry Lee-Warner, Esq., as interest of money, left by R. Maltby, G. Brown, and other donors.

Directory:-

	Curtis      Thos.         yeoman
	Emerson     Edw.          farmer
	Fish        Chas.         beer seller
	Gore        John          shopkeeper
	Hoff        Wm.           farmer
	Hogge & Co.               brewers, Setch; Bridge, and Lynn
	Lockwood    Geo.          wheelwright
	Panton      George        shopkeeper
	Young       Wm. Holland   vict., Crown
	Sporne      Thomas        schoolmaster


See also the Wormegay parish page.

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November 2004