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Norfolk - Bacton

Kelly's Directory for Cambridgeshire, Norfolk & Suffolk, 1883, pp. 236.

[Complete entry. Transcription Copyright © E.C. ("Paddy") Apling]

BACTON is a large parish on the sea coast. comprising the hamlets of BACTON GREEN and BROMHOLM, 5 miles north-east from North Walsham and 11 south-east from Cromer, in the Northern division of the county, Tunstead hundred, union of Smallburgh, North Walsham county court district, rural deanery of Waxham, archdeaconry of Norfolk and diocese of Norwich. The church of St. Andrew is of flint, and stands on an eminence, and has chancel, nave, south porch and an embattled square tower containing 5 bells: the church has undergone considerable repairs and been thoroughly restored, at an expense of about £800. The register dates from the year 1558. The living is a vicarage, yearly value about £219, with residence and 30 acres of glebe, in the gift of the Earl of Kimberley and held since 1873 by the Rev. Thomas Warmer Moeran B.A, Trinity College, Dublin. Here is a Baptist chapel. In 1836 and 1845 the sea made considerable encroachments on this coast. Near Keswick are the ruins of Bromholm Priory. Shrimps, herrings and other fish are caught off this coast. The Earl of Kimberley is lord of the manor and impropriator of the great tithes.. The principal landowners are the Earl of Kimberley, William Cubitt esq. Miss Cubitt, M. J. Collings and William Forster esqs. The soil is good mixed loam. The chief crops are wheat, oats and barley. The area is 1,770 acres, of which 170 are water and foreshore; rateable value, £2,630; and the population in 1881 was 464.

BROMHOLM is a mile south-east. POST OFFICE.—Robert Haggith, received. Letters are received through North Walsham; delivered at 9.30 a.m.; dispatched at 2.15 p.m. The nearest money order offices are at Mundesley & North Walsham
Coastguard Station, four men
National School, Miss Susannah Buxton, mistress
CARRIER TO NORWICH.—James Abigail, twice a week