OLD or GREAT WALSINGHAM is a parish and village one mile north-east from New Walsingham station, in the Northern division of the county, North Greenhoe hundred, Little Walsingham county court district and union, situated on the Stiffkey river. The Church of St. Peter is an ancient stone and flint building, of the Decorated period, having nave with clerestory and aisles, south porch, and tower containing 3 bells; the pulpit dates from 1613: there is a piscina in the east end of each aisle: in 1870 a vestry was erected, at the expense of the Rev. John Lee-Warner. Here was formerly another church, dedicated to All Saints, and standing a little north of St. Peter's: its ruins are still traceable in a field adjoining Westgate House, occupid by Mr. John Howell. The register dates from the year 1564. The living is a donative, in the gift of Henry James Lee-Warner, esq. and held since 1846 by the Rev. John Lee-Warner, of St. Bees. Roman antiquities have been found here. Mr. J. J. Cornish's iron foundry and agricultural implement works are situated here. Henry James Lee-Warner is lord of the manor and chief landowner. The soil is chalk; subsoil, clay. The chief crops are wheat, barley, oats and turnips. The area is 2,170 acres; rateable value, £4,258; the population in 1881 was 452.
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A School Board of 5 members was formed in 1875; R. Cowburn. High Street, Walsingham. clerk to the Board
Board School, built in 1875 at a cost of £700 for 96 children, average attendance 80; William Grant, master; Mrs. Grant, mistress
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1891 Census Names Index
North Greenhoe hundred
White's 1845, 1864 and 1883 [GENUKI-NFK]
Walsingham Archeology [Norfolk Heritage Explorer]
Introduction to the Churches of Walsingham [Simon Knott]
Great Walsingham tower mill [Jonathan Neville]
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