Kelly’s History of Norfolk

The Post Office Directory MDCCCLXIX, (1869)

WOODNORTON is a parish, 3 miles east from Ryburgh station, 6 east-by-south from Fakenham, and 8½ south-west from Holt, in the North Eastern division of the county, Eynsford hundred, Aylsham Union and county court district, rural deanery of Sparham, and archdeanory and diocese of Norwich. The church of All Saint’s is a plain build- having a brick tower containing 1 bell, chancel and porch. The register dates from the year 1722. The living is a rectory, consolidated with Swanton Novers, joint yearly value £446 10s, with 60 acres of glebe land and residence, in the gift of the dean and chapter of Christ Church, Oxford, and held by the Rev. John Shuldham, M. A. of Christ Church.

The Wesleyans have a  chapel here. The soil is mixed, subsoil clay and marl. The chief crops are wheat, roots, barley and hay. The Dean and Chapter of Christ Church are lords of the manor and chief owners of the parish. Lord Hastings, Mrs Gill, William Norris, Esq., the Rev. Philip Francis, and W. S. Phillips, Esq., are also owners. The parish contains 1,726 acres, and the population in 1861 was 250

The Parish Clerk, William Wright

Letters through Thetford.       Foulsham is the nearest money order office.

England Mr Edward
Francis Mr. John Philip
Norris William Esq. D.I. Norton Hall
Phillipps William Skinner Esq.
Shuldham Rev. John M.A. (rector)

Commercial

Amiss William Farmer
Applegate William Farmer
Cotts Samuel Carpenter
Dack Robert Sun & Blacksmith
Daynes William Farmer
Doughty William: Farmer
England Edward Farmer, Church Farm
Francis John Philip Farmer
Harmer Elizabeth (Miss) Shopkeeper
High Henry Farmer
Long John Miller
Middleton Mary (Mrs) Horseshoes
Mitchell William Farmer
Nicholls Ann (Mrs) & Thos Farmer
Waller Samuel Cattle dealer
Weddup Daniel Farmer
Wright William Tailor

 


Kelly’s Directory of 1891

Wood Norton is a parish 2.5miles from Hindolveston station on the Midland and Great Northern joint railway, 6miles east-by-south from Fakenham and 8miles south west from Holt, in the northern division of the county, Eynsford hundred and petty sessional division, Aylsham union and county court district, rural deanery of Sparham, and the arch deanery and diocese of Norwich. The church of All Saints is a plain building of flint in the Early English style, consisting of a chancel, nave, south porch and an embattled western tower of flint and brick, containing one bell. In the church are memorials to several former rectors. The building thoroughly restored and reseated in 1881, at a cost of nearly £1000, and affords 200 sittings. The register dates from the year 1772. The living is a rectory: net yearly value £260, with 60 acres of glebe, and residence, in the gift of the Dean and Chapter of Christ Church, Oxford, and held since 1903 by the Rev. Charles Burton Lipscomb M.A. of St Mary Hall, Oxford. Here is a primitive Methodist Chapel. The rents of the old workhouse and of 14.24 acres of town land are assigned to the relief of the rates and for fuel. The rents of the fuel allotment, containing 18.5 acres, let for £27 yearly, awarded at the inclosure of 1813, and of .5 acre of other land, are given to the poor in coals.

Norton Hall, at present unoccupied is the property William Edward Norris esq. J.P. The Dean and Chapter of Christ Church, Oxford, are Lords of the Manor and chief landowners.  Lord Hastings the trustees of Mrs Gill and W E Norris esq. are also landowners here. The soil is mixed; subsoil, clay and marl. The chief crops are wheat, roots, barley and hay. The parish contains 1276 acres; rateable value, £709: the population in 1891 was 265.

Post Office – Frederick Bidewell, sub-postmaster. Letters through Guist S.O. arrive at 6.50am dispatched 5.40pm; Sundays arrive 6.50am, dispatched 10.35am.Postal orders are issued here but not paid. Guist is the nearest money order, and Foulsham is the nearest telegraph office.

Church of England School (mixed) built in 1875, for 70 children; average attendance, 40.

Miss Minnie L Collin, mistress.
Norris William Edward J.P.
Rogers Rev. Henry Chittenden MA      The Rectory

Commercial

Bell Robert Martin Farmer
Bidewell Frederick Grocer, draper, & sub postmaster
Butler Jn. Wm. Farmer, Res. Barney Lo
Dack Robert Sun P.H. & Blacksmith
Doughty William Gill Shoemaker
Gidney John Farm Bailiff to W. E. Norris esq.
Harrison John Southgate Farmer
Hunt Charles jun. Farmer
Mitchell John (Mrs) Farmer
Mitchell William Farmer
Mitchell Wm. Jas. Wheelwright & builder
Russell William Horseshoes P.H.
Wright William Bricklayer
Wright William Tailor

 


Kelly’s Directory of 1896

Wood Norton is a parish 2.5miles from Hindolveston station on the Midland and Great Northern joint railway, 6miles east-by-south from Fakenham and 8miles south west from Holt, in the northern division of the county, Eynsford hundred and petty sessional division, Aylsham union and county court district, rural deanery of Sparham, and the arch deanery and diocese of Norwich. The church of All Saints is a plain building of flint in the Early English style, consisting of a chancel, nave, south porch and an embattled western tower of flint and brick, containing one bell. In the church are memorials to several former rectors. The building thoroughly restored and reseated in 1881, at a cost of nearly £1000, and affords 200 sittings. The register dates from the year 1772. The living is a rectory, tithe rent-charge £420, average £328, net yearly value £240, with 60 acres of glebe, and residence, in the gift of the Dean and Chapter of Christ Church, Oxford, and held since 1884 by the Rev. Henry Chittenden Rogers M.A. of that house. Here is a primitive Methodist Chapel. The rents of the old workhouse and of 14.25 acres of town land are assigned to the relief of the rates and for fuel. The rents of the fuel allotment, containing 18.5 acres, let for £27 yearly, awarded at the inclosure of 1813, and of .5 acre of other land, are given to the poor in coals.

Norton Hall, at present unoccupied is the property of William Edward Norris esq. The Dean and Chapter of Christ Church, Oxford, are Lords of the Manor and chief landowners. Lord Hastings, the trustees of Mrs Gill and William Norris esq. are also landowners here. The soil is mixed; subsoil, clay and marl. The chief crops are wheat, roots, barley and hay. The parish contains 1276 acres; rateable value, £709: the population in 1891 was 265.

Post Office – Frederick Bidewell, sub-postmaster. Letters through Guist S.O. arrive at 6.50am dispatched 5.40pm; Sundays arrive 6.50am, dispatched 10.35am.Postal orders are issued here but not paid. Guist is the nearest money order, and Foulsham is the nearest telegraph office.

Church of England School (mixed) built in 1875, for 70 children; average attendance, 40.

Miss Minnie L Collin, mistress.
Norris William Edward J.P.
Rogers Rev. Henry Chittenden MA    The Rectory

Commercial

Bell Robert Martin Farmer
Bidewell Frederick Grocer, draper, & sub postmaster
Butler Jn. Wm. Farmer, Res. Barney Lo
Dack Robert Sun P.H. & Blacksmith
Doughty William Gill Shoemaker
Drewell James Farmer
Gidney John Farm Bailiff to W. E. Norris esq.
Harrison John Southgate Farmer
Hunt Charles jun. Farmer
Mitchell John (Mrs) Farmer
Mitchell William Farmer
Russell William Horseshoes P.H.
Wright William Bricklayer
Wright William Tailor

 


Kelly’s Directory of 1908

Wood Norton is a parish 2.5miles from Hindolveston station on the Midland and Great Northern joint railway, 6miles east-by-south from Fakenham and 8miles south west from Holt, in the northern division of the county, Eynsford hundred and petty sessional division, Aylsham union and county court district, rural deanery of Sparham, and the arch deanery and diocese of Norwich. The church of All Saints is a plain building of flint in the Early English style, consisting of a chancel, nave, south porch and an embattled western tower of flint and brick, containing one bell. In the church are memorials to several former rectors. The building thoroughly restored and reseated in 1881, at a cost of nearly £1000, and affords 200 sittings. The register dates from the year 1772. The living is a rectory: net yearly value £260, with 60 acres of glebe, and residence, in the gift of the Dean and Chapter of Christ Church, Oxford, and held since 1903 by the Rev. Charles Burton Lipscomb M.A. of St Mary Hall, Oxford. Here is a primitive Methodist Chapel. The rents of the old workhouse and of 14.24 acres of town land are assigned to the relief of the rates and for fuel. The rents of the fuel allotment, containing 18.5 acres, let for £27 yearly, awarded at the inclosure of 1813, and of .5 acre of other land , are given to the poor in coals. Norton Hall, now the residence of Julian J Verel esq. is the property William Edward Norris esq. J.P. The Dean and Chapter of Christ Church, Oxford, are Lords of the Manor and chief landowners. Lord Hastings and W E Norris esq. are also landowners here. The soil is mixed; subsoil, clay and marl. The chief crops are wheat, roots, barley and hay. The parish contains 1276 acres; rateable value, £1,743: the population in 1901 was 269.

Post Office – Frederick Bidewell, sub-postmaster. Letters through Guist S.O. arrive at 7am and 2pm. Dispatched 8.50am and 5.30pm. Sundays 7am, dispatched 10.35am. The office is open on Sundays 8 – 10am for the sale of stamps. Guist is the nearest money order & telegraph office.

Public Elementary School (mixed) built in 1875, for 70 children; average attendance, 52;

Miss Margaret Jane Forgan, mistress.

Parish Clerk                William Wright
Arnold Alfred
Lipscomb Rev. Charles Burton M.A.
Norris William Edward J.P.
Verel Julian J.            Norton Hall

Commercial

Bacon Robert John Farmer, Raw Hall
Bell Robert Martin Farmer
Bidewell Frederick Grocer, draper, & sub postmaster
Dack Robert Sun P.H. & Blacksmith
Doughty William Gill Shoemaker
Gidney John (Mrs) Farm Bailiff to W. E. Norris esq.
Hunt Charles William Farmer, Severals Grange Farm
Jenkinson Thomas Coal merchant
Mitchell William Farmer
Mitchell Wm. Jas. Wheelwright & builder
Myhill John Horseshoes P.H.
Myhill Samuel Farm bailiff to Wm. Martin esq.
Smith Fredk. William Farmer, Church Farm
Thurtle John Farmer, Moor Farm
Wright William Tailor

 


Kelly’s Directory of 1929

Wood Norton is a parish 3 miles south-west from Foulsham station on the London and North Eastern railway, 6miles east-by-south from Fakenham and 8miles south west from Holt, in the northern division of the county, Eynsford hundred and petty sessional division, Aylsham union and county court district, rural deanery of Sparham, and the archdeaconry and diocese of Norwich. The church of All Saints is a plain building of flint in the Early English style, consisting of a chancel, nave, vestry, south porch and an embattled western tower of flint and brick, containing one bell. In the church are memorials to several former rectors. The building was thoroughly restored and reseated in 1881, at a cost of nearly £1000, and in 1923 a new heating apparatus was added at a cost of £190: there are 200 sittings. The register dates from the year 1772. The living is a rectory: net yearly value £400, with 60 acres of glebe, and residence, in the gift of the Dean and Chapter of Christ Church, Oxford, and held since 1929 by the Rev. Charles Burton Lipscomb M.A. of St Mary Hall, Oxford. Here is a primitive Methodist Chapel. The rents of the old workhouse and of 14.25 acres of town land are assigned to the relief of the rates and for fuel. The rents of the fuel allotment, containing 18.5 acres, let for £27 yearly, awarded at the inclosure of 1813, and of .5 acre of other land , are given to the poor in coals. There is a village hut, which will hold 200 people, erected in 1920. The Dean and Chapter of Christ Church, Oxford, are Lords of the Manor and chief landowners. Lord Hastings and W E Norris esq. J.P. are also landowners here. The soil is mixed; subsoil, clay and marl. The chief crops are wheat, roots, barley and some land in pasture. The parish contains 1276 acres; the population in 1921 was 287.

Parish Clerk                           John Myhill

Post Office. Letters through Guist, which is the nearest M.O & T office.

Private Resident                    Norris William Edward J.P.

Commercial

Early closing day, Wednesday
Marked thus ° farm 150 acres or over

Bell Robert Martin Farmer
Dodd Robt. Phillips Farmer
Doughty Rt. Gardener to W.E.Norris esq. J.P.
° Gidney John Farmer, Hall Farm
° Hall Ada E (Mrs) Farmer, Church Farm
° Hall Horace Fredk. Farmer, Manor Farm
Jenkinson Thomas Coal Merchant
Mason Charles Edward Grocer, Post Office
Mitchell Wm. Jas. Wheelwright & builder
Mitchell James Painter
Myhill John Carpenter
Pigot Thos Farmer, Raw Hall Farm
Pilch Arth. Geo. Horse Shoes P.H.
Potter William Farmer
Russell Harry Farmer
Russell William Poultry dealer
Thurtle John  Farmer, Moor Farm
Watts Charles   Sun P.H.

 

2 Responses to Kelly’s History of Norfolk

  1. I saw 2 names Edward(Undated reference) , and William Applegate(1869) , farmers. Could these 2 families , and are there records , that they were g, gg, ggg , or later grandsons , of Richard Applegate , born in that vicinity in 1786, and died in 1875 , and are there known records of that family before 1786 ? I can be specific !

  2. John says:

    Hello, I have Wrights in my family. There seems to be two familes but I can not link them. I also have Plattens. Money, Wilkin, Buck, Snowling
    Richard Wright and Alice Wilkin moved to Newcastle with most of his family. William remained in Wood Norton and with close contact with his uncle William Wright and Aunt Sarah Kendal. Some Kendals went to New Zealand.
    Alice Wilkin died in Newcastle/Gateshead.
    Daughter of Richard married George Harm
    Richard remarried a Elizabeth Woods
    Richard with the 3 remaining children
    James 1866 born Wood Norton
    Matthew 1868 born Wood Norton
    Edward 1870 born Great Ryburgh
    Robert 1873 Durham
    and Elizabeth’s son
    came to Australia 10 April 1882
    We believed the Goldfields of Victoria and then purchased a farm on the New South Wales .
    Unfortunately Richard was attacked by a hog and died by blood loss.
    I come from that line
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