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Norfolk: Gayton

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

[Transcription copyright © Pat Newby]

GAYTON, a fertile parish and extensive and well-built village, pleasantly situated on the Litcham road, 6½ miles E. of Lynn, increased its population from 397 in 1801, to 789 in 1841, including 57 in the large Union Workhouse, which was built here, in 1836, and is already noticed at page 585 [which is the entry for Freebridge Lynn Hundred].

The parish comprises 3,214A. 1R. 28P. of land, under which are beds of excellent lime and flint. It is in three MANORS, viz:- Gayton Hall, (about 1,500 acres,) belonging to Andrew St. John, Esq., of Dover; Well Hall, (nearly 1,000A.,) belonging to Robt. Mitford, Esq., of Gateley; and West Hall, of which Sir T.J. Jones, of Crammer, is lord and owner.

The CHURCH, (St. Nicholas,) is an ancient structure, in good repair, with a tower and two bells, and a spacious burial ground. The living is a vicarage, valued in the King's Book at £8 6s. 8d., and now possessing 23A. 2R. 3P. of glebe. The Ven. Archdeacon Glover, of Southrepps, is the incumbent, and the Bishop of Norwich is the patron. A. St. John, Esq., holds the rectorial tithes, on a renewable lease for three lives, under the Bishop of Ely. In 1839, the rectorial tithes were commuted for £483 18s. 6d., and the vicarial for £310 per annum.

Here is a Wesleyan, and also a Primitive Methodist Chapel; the former built in 1811, and the latter in 1844.

The poor parishioners have £3 4s. 8d. yearly, left by the Rev. Thomas Hopes, in 1615, out of the tithes of Notley, in North Runcton and Middleton, and 30s. from two rent charges, left by unknown donors, out of land, now belonging to the St. John and Simpson families. The Fuel Allotment, awarded at the enclosure, in 1811, comprises 30A. 1R. 22P., let for about £40 a year, which is distributed in coals.

A Hiring for Servants is held here in the week before Old Michaelmas day.

	Barrett    John              governor of Workhouse
	Billing    John              wheelwright
	Cann       William           basket maker
	Curtis     William           grocer and draper, Post Office,
	                               (letters desptchd. 3 after.)
	Faircloth  Robert            porter, Workhouse
	Fox        Buscall           coal dealer, and carrier to Lynn
	Gilbert    Rev. Arthur, M.A. curate
	Grummitt   Mr. George
	Hammond    Frederick         shopkeeper
	Hastings   Richard           tailor, (and Mrs.)
	Headley    John              surgeon and registrar
	Hoare      Thomas            vict., Rampant Horse
	Lane       Susan             vict., Crown
	Large      Mr. James
	Marshall   Jeremiah          bricklayer
	Matthews   Robert            corn miller & baker
	Meek       Richard           turner, clogger, and patten maker
	Oldfield   Mr. Edward
	Phillips   Mrs.              Workhouse School
	Roberson   Robert            bricklayer
	Sainty     Edward            horse dealer
	Sooley     John              farrier
	Spragg     Noah              parish clerk
	Taylor     William           blacksmith
	Waldon     Widow             lime burner
	Walker     Henry             gamekeeper
	Whincop    Jane              ladies' seminary

	   Beer Houses.                 FARMERS.

	Fayers     Martin            Cobon      Jas., Well Hall
	Hammond    George            Heaton     William
	                             Matthews   Abm.
	   Blacksmiths.              Moore      Francis
	                             Palmer     Maria, West Hall
	Chapman    John              Rix        Henry
	Taylor     William           Woods      Nicholas
	                             Woods      Philip H.

	Daws       John
	Smith      Richard

	   Joiners, &c.                 Shoemakers.

	Fayers     Martin            Grimes     Luke
	Padgett    John              Richardson Wm.

See also the Gayton parish page.

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January 2009