CATTON is a picturesque village and parish about 2½ miles north from Norwich, in the Southern division of the county, Taverham hundred, St. Faith's union, Norwich county court district, rural deanery of Taverham and archdeaconry and diocese of Norwich: this place forms a suburb to Norwich, and many merchants of that city have residences here. The church of St. Margaret is a structure of flint and stone, in the Early English style, and consists of chancel, nave, two transepts, south aisle and porch, with an ancient round tower, octagonal at the top: it was enlarged and beautifully restored in 1850-52, at a cost of nearly £1,000, and contains some good specimens of carving and stained glass, also some fine monuments; that erected to the memory of T. G. Adams, esq. was exhibited in the Crystal Palace in 1851, and is of a rich Gothic pattern. The register dates from the year 1688. The living is a vicarage, yearly value £158 17s. tithe commutation rent-charge, with 17 acres of glebe, in the gift of the Dean and Chapter of Norwich and held since 1875 by the Rev. Gerrard Alexander Crookshank M.A. of Trinity College, Dublin. There are several bequests for the poor. The charities amount of £10 13s. 8d. yearly. Catton Hall, the seat of Samuel Gurney Buxton esq. J.P. is a handsome modern mansion, situated in a picturesque and well-wooded park. The Dean aand Chapter of Norwich are lords of the manor. Samuel Gurney Buxton esq. and George Gowing esq. are the principal landowners. The soil is light and sandy; subsoil, gravel, clay and limestone. The chief crops are of the usual kind. The area is 906 acres; rateable value, £3,888; and the population in 1881 was 751.
POST & MONEY ORDER OFFICE & Savings Bank.Henry Harrowven, receiver. Letters arrive by mail cart from Norwich at 4.30 a.m & 3 p.m. & are dispatched at 6 p.m. Norwich is the nearest telegraph office.
A large school and reading-room was erected in 1874; at the sole expense of S. Gurney Buxton, esq; the school will hold 120 children; Miss Howlett, mistress
1891 Census Names Index
Christ Church, New Catton
New Catton, Philadelpha Lane towermill (Bird's towermill), (Cann's Mill) and (Eglington's Mill) [Jonathan Neville]
Old Catton archeology [Norfolk Heritage Explorer]
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