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Norfolk - Stoke Holy Cross

Kelly's Directory for Cambridgeshire, Norfolk & Suffolk, 1883, pp.503-504.

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STOKE HOLY CROSS is a parish and village, 2 miles east from Swainsthorpe station and 5 south from Norwich, in the Southern division of the county, Henstead hundred and union, Norwich county court district, rural deanery of Brooke, archdeaconry of Norfolk and diocese of Norwich, situated on the Taas. The church of Holy Cross is a fine building, in the Perpendicular style, consisting of chancel, nave, square tower and 3 bells: in 1879 it was repaired, re-seated and thoroughly restored, and has been enriched with three fine stained windows. The register dates from the year 1538. The living is a vicarage, in the gift of the Dean and Chapter of Norwich, commuted at £211, including 2 acres of glebe, with an annual grant of £49 from the Ecclesiastical Commissions, and held since 1834 by the Rev. John Bailey M.A. of St. Catherine's College, Cambridge, by whom a commodious vicarage was erected in 1838. Here is a home for ten orphan girls, erected by H. Birkbeck esq. The fuel allotment consist of 13 acres 1 rood, now let for £18 a year. Here is a large water mill, lime is burnt here. Stoke Hall, the seat of Henry Birkbeck esq. J.P. is a spacious brick building, standing on an eminence in a well-wooded park. H. Birkbeck esq. J.P. who is lord of the manor, and F. W. K. Long esq. are the chief landowners. The soil is light and sandy; subsoil, various. The chief cops are wheat, oats, barley and turnips. The area is 1,659 acres; rateable value, £3,694; and the population in 1881 was 414.

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© Transcribed by E.C. ("Paddy") Apling, October 2006; links updated December 2010.

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Stoke Holy Cross Archeology [Norfolk Heritage Explorer]
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