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Norfolk - Gresham

Kelly's Directory for Cambridgeshire, Norfolk & Suffolk, 1883, p. 228.

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GRESHAM is a parish about 5 miles south-west from Cromer station, 6 east from Holt and 10 from North Walsham, in the Northern division of the county, North Erpingham hundred, Erpingham union, Holt county court district, rural deanery of Repps. archdeaconry of Norfolk and diocese of Norwich, The Church of All Saints is an ancient building of flint, with stone dressings, mostly in the Decorated English style, consisting of chancel and nave, with a circular tower with octagonal top, containing 1 bell: it was restored in the year 1856, and contains some monuments to the Spurgin family, and a curiously sculptured font. The register dates from the year 1560. The living is a discharged rectory, yearly value 321, with 24A. 1R. of glebe and residence, in the gift of and held since 1857 by the Rev. Arthur Dewing Spurgin M.A. of Clare College, Cambridge. The Wesleyan and Priitive Methodists have chapels. There are foundations of a large castellated building, which it is said, Sir Edmund Bacon obtained license from Edward II. to embattle; of a square form, with a semicircular projection at each angle, probably the remains of towers or turrets, and surrounded by a deep fosse. Gresham was formerly held by Chaucer the poet, and is supposed to have given the name to the family of which Sir Thomas, the founder of the Royal Exchange and of Fresham College, London, was a descendant. The land belongs to various owners; R. W. Ketton esq. of Felbrigg Hall, is lord of the manor. The surface is hilly, and the soil in the lower grounds is strong and loamy, in the higher it is a light soil, suitable for turnips and barley. The chief crops are wheat, turnips, barley and grass. The area is 1,269A. 2R. 21P.; rateable value, 1,784; and the population in 1881 was 381.


Letters through Norwich. The nearest money order & telegraph office is at Cromer

A School Board of 5 members was formed in 1873 for the united district of Fresham, Barningham, Norwood [sic.], Bessingham & East Beckham; Rev. A. D. Spurgin B.A. hon. clerk the Bard

Board School, built in 1874 at a cost of over 500 for 108 children; average attendance, 101; Joseph Cox, master

Transcription © Copyright E C ("Paddy") Apling, December 2007; minor spelling corrections and links updated January 2011.

1891 Census index
White's 1845 and 1883 [GENUKI-NFK]
Wills of Richard, 1746; Winifred FULLER, 1686 and Robert YOUNGMAN, 1759
Gresham Postmill and watermill [Jonathan Neville]
Gresham Archeology [Norfolk Heritage Explorer]
More on Gresham [GENUKI-NFK]
More Parish Information [Geoff Lowe & Andrew Rivett]
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