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Saham Toney tower mill; Saham Hills north, north-east, east and south postmills and towermill [Jonathan Neville]
Saham Toney church (and audio tour) [Wayland and Watton info]
Saham Toney Parish Council
Saham Toney archeology [Norfolk Heritage Explorer]
Wikipedia on Saham Toney
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Norfolk - Saham Toney

William White's History, Gazetteer, and Directory of Norfolk 1845, pp. 366-7.

[Complete Entry] Transcription Copyright © E.C. ("Paddy") Apling, April 1999

SAHAM TONEY is a large, but scattered village, 1 mile N.W. of Watton. Its parish has increased its population since 1801 from 650 to 1217 souls, and contains 3982A. 2R. 18P. of land, of which only 3637 are assessable. The soil belongs to a number of proprietors. James Cuddon, Esq., is lord of the manor of Saham-Toney; and the Rev. Wm. Grigson is lord of the manors of Howards, Harveys, and Pages; besides which here is a small rectorial manor. The first was held by the famous Earl of Warwick, in the reigns of Henry VI. and Edward IV. Near the centre of the village, is a lake, or mere, of 12A., abounding in fish, especially eels of two species, one noted for their delicious, and the other for their nauseous flavour. The Church (St. George) is a large structure, with a lofty tower, and six bells, erected in 1840; but the chancel was rebuilt by the late rector, and the rest of the fabric has for some time been undergoing a thorough restoration, chiefly at the expense of the present rector, who has expended about £3000 in the work. The nave has been fitted out with new open seats, some of them handsomely carved. It has a good organ, and a large font, with a curiously carved cover, surmounted by a pelican. The rectory, valued in KB at £21. 14s. 9d., and in 1841 at £1010, is in the patronage of New College, Oxford, and in the incumbency of the Rev. Wm. H. Parker, M.A. The Wesleyan and Primitive Methodists have each a chapel here. In 1626 the REV. WM. TERRY, a late rector, left the Rectory House, well furnished, and 5A. of land for the use of succeeding rectors. He also left a house and land for the parish clerk to ring the evening eight o'clock bell; and a farm of 23A. 2R., called Kirtling, for the use of the schoolmaster. The latter is now let for about £35. In 1611, EDWARD GOAFFE left a school-house for the masters' residence, and almshouses for four poor widows; and endowed the latter with a yearly rent-charge of £5, and a tenement called Palmers (4A.,) now let for £4. The Free School was rebuilt about eight years ago, and enlarged in 1844. For the endowment arising from the above-mentioned sources, the master teaches, as free scholars, all the sons of the parishioners who are sent to him, and the school is also free to six boys of Watton, and one of Threxton. New trustees were appointed in 1827, and among them are the incumbents of Saham and Watton. The Fuel Allotments, awarded under the enclosure act of the 37th of Geo. III., now comprise 80A. 1R. 10P., let for £67, which is distributed in coals. The dividends of £1109. 12s. 10d. new 3½ per Cents., left by Charles Hunt in 1811, are distributed in clothing among the poor parishioners. The rent of two allotments, comprising 3A. 1R. 12P., is applied in repairing the highways, but part of it is said to belong to the poor, by gift of Mary Duffield, in 1702. The Rev. Humphrey Prideax, author of the "Life of Mahomet," was rector here from 1686 to 1694. The singular Mr. Shuckforth, who died here in 1784, aged 91, was buried in a small enclosure on his own estate.

Transcription Copyright © E.C. ("Paddy") Apling, April 1999; links updated February 2010.

1891 Census Names Index
Kelly's 1883
White's 1854; and 1883
White's 1864 [GENUKI-NFK]
Saham Toney tower mill; Saham Hills north, north-east, east and south postmills and towermill [Jonathan Neville]
Saham Toney church (and audio tour) [Wayland and Watton info]
Saham Toney Parish Council
Saham Toney archeology [Norfolk Heritage Explorer]
Wikipedia on Saham Toney
Addtional Historical Information
More on Saham Toney [GENUKI-NFK]
More Parish Information [Geoff Lowe & Andrew Rivett]
Return to villages index
Paddy's home page