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Norfolk - Sprowston

Francis White's History, Gazetteer, and Directory, of Norfolk 1854, pp. 536-537

[Complete entry. Transcription Copyright © the late A.J. Carter, March, 2001]

SPROWSTON is an extensive and well built village, 2 miles N. by E. of Norwich, the parish having increased in population since 1801, from 248 to 1,308 souls, and has 2,700 acres of land. There are 314 houses, and many handsome villa residences have been erected during the last few years, especially on the south side of the parish, which adjoins the city suburbs, and is commonly called New Sprowston. The manor, anciently held by the Corbets, was sold by Sir Thos. Corbet, in 1645, to Sir Thos. Adams, from whose family it passed in like manner to Sir Lambert Blackwell, who was created a baronet in 1718. It was held by three successive baronets of this family, but the last, who died in 1801, sold it to Mr. Boycott, of Norwich, whose grandson, John Morse, Esq., sold it in 1802, and after passing through the hands of Alderman Davy and others, by whom a large portion was separately sold to various persons, the manor house and chief part of the estate were sold to Thos. Woodruffe Smythe, Esq., of Stockwell Park, Surrey, and is now the property of G. H. Head, Esq., who is also lord of the manor. The Hall, said to have been erected in 1559, was much improved some years ago, but is now unoccupied. Sprowston Lodge, a neat white brick mansion, 3½ miles N. by E. of Norwich, is the seat of John Stracey, Esq., who has in his pleasure grounds a flourishing willow, raised from a branch of the tree that overshadowed the tomb of Napoleon, on the Island of St. Helena. Near Sprowston Cottage are the remains of St. Magdalen's Chapel, now converted into cottages. The Church, dedicated to St. Margaret, is an ancient edifice, and has two gothic stalls, and several memorials to the Corbet family, one of whom was Miles Corbet, Esq., who sat as one of the judges, and signed the death warrant of King Charles. The benefice is a curacy not in charge, but has been augmented with £400 Queen Anne's bounty, and £1,000 Parliamentary grant. The Rev. Hy. Banfather, B.D., is the incumbent, and the Dean and Chapter of Norwich are the patrons and impropriators ; but the tithes are leased to the landowners. At the enclosure in 1800, about 1,000 acres of Mousehold Heath (partly in this parish,) were charged with the yearly payment of £30 to the poor of Sprowston, for distribution in coals. Six cottages for the poor, left by Catherine and Ann Corbet, were sold under the authority of the Poor Law Commissioners, and the proceeds applied to the poor rates. A fair, formerly held on August 2nd, was discontinued in 1826. The Huntingtonians built a school here in 1839, which is also used as a place of worship.

Post Office at Thos. Edwards'. Letters arrive at 7.30 a.m, and are despatched at 6 p.m.

Aldridge John, gent. Rose Cottage
Allen Wm. beerhouse
Andrews Fredk. smith & par. clk.
Austin Edwd. saw mills
Banfather Rev. Hy. B.D. incumbent
Burrows Peter, vict. Norwich Arms
Burrows Thos. vict. Ship
Clarke Mr. Chpr
Clarkson Fredk. carter
Cobb Mrs. Eliza
Durrant Wm. J. registrar of b. & d.
Easton Ann, dress mkr
Emms Jno. police officer
Golston Mr. Jas.
Hambling Hy. police superndt
Hastins Edmd. warehouseman
Jessup Benj. solr
Ketton John, Esq. Grange
Loose Mr. Chas. Star Cottage
Mickle Mrs. Eliz
Myhill John, glover
Olyott Thos. vict. Blue Boar
Pearce T. plmbr. & glazier
Peart Wm. tailor
Pinnick Robt. lime burner
Pratt Mr. Wm. South Lodge
Riches Robt. yeoman
Rushmore Wm. gent
Steward Isaac, gent
Storey Saml. gamekeeper
Stracey Jno. Esq. Hall
Symonds Mrs. Ann
Taylor Caroline, school
Tilney Wm. foreman brick mkr
Tinkler Geo. gent
Brick Makers.
Blake Geo.
Burrows Thos.
Edwards Thos. (& lime burner)
King Sarah
Poll & Bacon
Butchers.
Blake Benj.
George Wm.
Wells Wm.
Corn Millers.
Bond Hy.
Robertson Sarah & Son
Farmers.
Atkinson Robt.
Barnes Geo.
Dixon Jno.
Dixon Owen
Garman Jno.
George Wm.
Harrison Ann
Lingwood Robt.
Lutkins Richd.
Millard Wm. S.
Paul Wm.
Scott Saml.
Walker Benj.
Wiley Jph.
Yallop Wm.
Gardeners.
Bacon Thos.
Catton Richd.
Cutler Jno.
Easton Isc.
Fitt Jno.
Lingwood Jerh
Lutkin David
Webster Robt.
Joiners.
Eastoe Edmd.
Jay Thos. (and cabinet mkr)
Sidney Jno.
Shoemakers.
Hart Jno. Robt.
Paul Wm.
Roffe Nathl.
Shopkeepers.
         * are Bakers.
*Anderson Wm.
*Burrows Jno.
Dickenson Jno.
Sidney Jno.
Walker Jph.
Wheelwrights.
Eastoe Edmd.
Fox Jno.

Transcription Copyright © the late A.J. Carter, March 2001; links updated February 2011.

1891 Census Names Index
Taverham hundred
St. Faith's union
Norwich county court district
Kelly's 1883
White's 1845 and Hunts 1850 [GENUKI-NFK]
Church of St. Cuthbert; St. George; and Sprowston Methodist Church [Simon Knott]
Sprowston postmill and tower mill; Sprowston road postmill and Austin's tower mill and Sprowston tower saw-mill [Jonathan Neville]
Sprowston archeology [Norfolk Heritage Explorer]
Sprowston Parish web-site
More on Sprowston [GENUKI-NFK]
More Parish Information [Geoff Lowe & Andrew Rivett]
Return to villages index
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