PASTON is a parish, situated on the sea-shore, 9 miles from Cromer and 4 north-east from North Walsham railway station, in the Northern division of the county, Tunstead hundred, Smallburgh union, North Walsham county court district, rural deanery of Waxham, archdeaconry of Norfolk and diocese of Norwich. The church of St. Margaret, in the Early Decorated style, is on rising ground, and has chancel, a handsome tower and 5 bells: it has been restored and contains a fine monument, by Nathaniel Stone, a sculptor of eminence in his day, of a recumbent figure of a lady, in memory of Lady Catherine Paston: there is also a monument to Sir Edmund Paston, by the same artist: the following appears in the diary of the artist:"In 1629 I made a tomb for my lady Paston, and set it up at Paston, and was very extraordinarily entertained, and pay'd for it £340": here are also interred Clement Paston and Beatrice his wife, also Sir William Paston, their son, who was judge in th Court of Common Pleas; he doed in London, 1444, and lies buried in Norwich. The register dates from the year 1536. The living is a vicarage, yearly value, £121, with 4 acres of glebe, in the gift of John Mack esq. and held since 1866 by the Rev. Thomas Jennings Cooper B.A. of Corpus Christi College, Cambridge. Sir W. Paston's charity of £12 yearly is for clothing and fuel. John Mack esq. lord of the manor, and Thomas Purdy esq. are the principal landownwers. The soil is mixed; subsol, dand and gravel. The chief crops are wheat, oats and barley. The area is 1,375 acres; rateable value. £2,227; and the population in 1881 was 252.
A School Board of 5 members was formed in 1875 for the united parishes of Paston & Edingthorpe. G. Hastings, Knapton, clerk. The school is at Edingthorpe.
Letters through North Walsham. Mundesley is the nearest money order office; telegraph office at North Walsham
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