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Norfolk - Watlington

White's 1845 Norfolk, p.629

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

WATLINGTON is a neat village of detached houses, 6 miles S. by W. of Lynn, in the fertile marshes on the east side of the Great Ouse river, about a mile E. of the bridge at Wiggenhall St. Mary Magdalen. Its parish contains 502 inhabitants, and 1,633 acres of land, mostly the property of Chas. Berners Plestow, Esq.. who resides at the Hall, a handsome mansion, with a fine park and plantations. He is lord of the manor of Gamsels, in Watlington, for which courts leet and baron are held yearly, (times arbitrary;) and Mr. J. Platten, of Lynn, is the steward. The CHURCH, (St. Peter and St. Paul,) is a large structure, with a tower and five bells ; and has recently been repaired and new leaded. ln the south aisle are effigies of Thomas Gawsel and his wife. The rectory, valued in K.B. at £41 15s. 8d., is in the gift of C. B. Plestow, Esq., and incumbency of the Rev. Edw. Cobbold. Here is a Wesleyan Chapel, built in 1840, by Mr: H. J. Nicholls ; and a Hiring for Servants is held in the village, on the Monday before Michaelmas. A yearly rent-charge of .£5 4s., left by John Davis, out of land called Holybreads, is distributed in doles of 4s. worth of bread every alternate Sunday, among six poor people of each of the parishes of Watlington and Tottenhill. At Christmas, £12 8s. 3d. is distributed among the poor of Watlington, in coals. This sum arises as follows :-£9 from a close of 2s., left by Edward Shouldham in 1646 ; 20s. charged on a cottage, by Henry Punting; 10s. charged on land, left by Thomas Watson; and £1 18s: 3d., from the interest of £42 10s., given by W. Snelling, H. Punting, and W. Cawood.

© Transcribed by E.C.Apling, January 2003; links updated May 2010.

White's Directory entry for 1854
Kelly's Directory entries for 1883; 1892; 1896; 1904; and 1937
1891 Census Names Index
Clackclose hundred
Downham Union
Watlington tower mill [Jonathan Neville]
Watlington Archeology [Norfolk Heritage Explorer]
Local web-site [Simon Paget]
More on Watlington [GENUKI-NFK]
More on Watlington [GENUKI-NFK]
More Parish information [Geoff Lowe & Andrew Rivett]
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