Francis White's History, Gazetteer, and Directory, of Norfolk 1854, pp. 353-354
[Complete entry. Transcription Copyright the late A.J. Carter, December 2002.]
FORNCETT ST. PETER parish, 2½ miles W. of Long Stratton, and 11½ miles S.S.W. of Norwich, contains the hamlets of Forncett end, 1½ miles W. of the church, and Buster's Green, on the east side of a rivulet, and has 138 houses, 712 souls, and 1,829 acres of land. The Duke of Norfolk is lord of the manor, and the copyholds are subject to arbitrary fines. The Church has a tower and five bells, and is a rectory, formerly consolidated with that of Forncett St. Mary, but was separated in 1845. The Earl of Effingham is patron, and the Rev. W. G. Wilson, M.A., incumbent, who resides at the rectory house, adjoining the church. The incumbent must be a fellow of St. John's College, Cambridge. The tithes are commuted for £587. The National school erected in 1848 is a neat building, with a residence for the teacher. The Baptists and Primitive Methodists have each a chapel here. The Town Lands consist of 6a. 3r. 38p., let for £10, which is applied in support of the National school, together with a yearly rent of 32s. left by an unknown donor. A fair for pedlery is held here on the third Tuesday in September. The Eastern Union Railway intersects the parish, and has a neat station about three quarters of a mile from the village.
Post Office at John Oakley's; letters arrive at 9 a.m., and are despatched at 6 p.m.
Those marked 1 in the Directory, reside at Buster's Green; 2 Forncett-end ; and the others in Forncett St. Peter.
Austin Saml. blacksmith
2 Blomfield Jas. corn miller and maltster
2 Blomfield Mrs. Sarah
2 Caston Jas. carpenter
Cooper Edwd. station master
Grimes Thos. coal & timber dlr. & shopkpr
Hardy Mrs. Ann
2 Hardy Thos. corn miller Harvey Jas. vict., Safety Valve Inn, corn, coal, & timber merchant, & Flys for hire
2 Humphreys James, bricklayer & beer house Hurn Jas. bricklayer
2 Kemp Jno. beerhouse 2 King Jph. (Bapt. min.)
2 Knights Jno. corn miller 2 Lain Jas. butcher
2 Lansdale Wm. blacksmith
2 Moore Jas. baker
Moore Jno. vict., Norfolk Arms Smith Matthew, shopkpr
Stimpson Hy. tailor & draper
Took Jno. shoemaker
Wilson Rev. Wm. G. M.A. rector Woods Eunice, schoolmistress
Farmers. Marked * are Owners.
2 Alexander Wm.
1 Basingthwaite Jas.
2 Baxter Jno.
1 Brooks Wm.
2 Browne Chas.
2 Colman Sarah
*1 Moore Wm.
*2 Palmer Thos.
1 Woolterton Rbt.
1 Womack Jno.
1 Smith Wm.
Grocers and Drapers.
2 Coldham Hy.
2 Feltham Wm.
2 West Jno. Gill.
Eastern Union Railway Station. Trains to Norwich, Ipswich, and London6 up and 6 down, daily. On Sundays 4 up and 4 down. Luggage trains 2 up and 2 down daily, (Sundays excepted), when there is but one each way. Mr. Edwd. Cooper, station master.
The E. U. Railway Company, to all parts, and Geo. Lloyd to Norwich, every Wed. & Sat.