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Norfolk - Overstrand

Kelly's Directory for Cambridgeshire, Norfolk & Suffolk, 1883, p.462.

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

OVERSTRAND is a parish situated on the coast, 2 miles south-east from Cromer station, and 8 from North Walsham station, in the Northern division of the county North Erpingham hundred, Erpingham union, Holt county court district, rural deanery of Repps, and archdeaconry of Norfolk and diocese of Norwich. The parish is bounded on the south by a range of hills and on the north by the sea. The old church was swallowed up by the sea in the reign of Richard II. when a second church, dedicated to St. Martin, was erected, but is now in ruins; a church was built and consecrated in 1867, and named Christ Church: it is in the Early English style, of cut flint and stone, and consists of chancel, nave and north aisle. The register dates from the year 1558. The living is a rectory, yearly nett value about £60, in the gift of John Henry Gurney, esq. and held since 1871 by the Rev. Forster George Symposia B.A. of St. Edmund Hall, Oxford, who is also rector of Sidestrand. £7 derived from the poor's land, is distributed in fuel. Part of Overstrand is by some called Beck Hythe. The Cromer lighthouse is situated here. The parish is in the manor of Gimingham Lancaster, of which Lord Suffield is lord of the manor and also chief landowner. The soil is a light heath; subsoil, gravel and brick earth. The area is 438 acres; rateable value, £1,221, and the population in 1881 was 227.

Letters received through Norwich viâ North Repps. The nearest money order & telegraph office & railway station is at Cromer

Here is a school called the Belfry school, for children of both sexes, built by the late Miss Gurney & endowed by that lady, & the late Hudson Gurney, esq. with nearly £100 yearly' Jonathan Beet Spencer, master

© Transcribed by E.C.Apling, February 2005; with county court district corrected, January, 2006; links updated January 2011.

1891 Census Names Index
White's 1845 and 1883 [GENUKI-NFK]
Overstrand Methodist Church [Simon Knott]
Overstrand Archeology [Norfolk Heritage Explorer]
Book of Cromer & Overstrand history [Poppyland Publishers]
More on Overstrand [GENUKI-NFK]
More Parish Information [Geoff Lowe & Andrew Rivett]
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