WOODRISING is a village and parish 5 miles west from Hardingham station, 6 north-east from Watton station and 8 south from East Dereham, in the Southern division of the county, Mitford hundred, Mitford and Launditch union, East Dereham county court district, rural deanery of Hingham, archdeaconry of Norfolk and diocese of Norwich. The church of St. Nicholas is a small building, in the Perpendicular style, consisting of chancel, nave and south porch: the tower has for a long period been in ruins: in the chancel is an ancient monument, with recumbent figure in armour, supposed to represent Sir Robert Southwell, a former lord of this manor; also a flat monument in memory of Sir Francis Crane: the celebrated author, Sir Christopher Sutton, was incumbent here in the reign of James I. The register dates from the year 1562. The living is a rectory; the income is £250 tithe rent-charge, with 17 acres of glebe and residence, in the gift of John Weyland esq. and held since 1851 by the Rev. Arthur Roberts M.A. of Oriel College, Oxford. Mowting's dole is a small annual payment to poor widows. Woodrising Hall, the property of John Weyland esq. is now vacant. The Old Hall, which has long been pulled down, was visited by Queen Elizabeth in 1578. John Weyland esq. is lord of the manor and sole landowner. The soil is mixed; subsoil, clay and gravel. The chief crops are wheat, barley and turnips. The parish consists of 1,362 acres; rateable value £1,640; and the population in 1881 was 93.
Letters through Thetford. Hingham is the nearest money order & telegraph office.
Here is a school, supported by Lady Catherine Weyland; Mrs. Kate Dempsey, mistress
© Transcribed by E.C. ("Paddy") Apling, December 1998; links updated July 2011.
Brief history of Woodrising
History of the Southwells of Woodrising
Will of David HUGHES
Story of David HUGHES
List of Rectors
Photos of Woodrising Church
Kelly's Directory entries for 1892; 1896; 1904; 1933 and 1937
White's Directory entries for 1845; 1854 and 1883
Woodrising Census Transcripts for 1841; 1851; 1861; 1871; 1881, 1891 and 1901
Woodrising Church (and audio tour) [Wayland and Watton info]
Cranworth (& Woodrising) Archeology [Norfolk History Explorer]
More on Woodrising [GENUKI-NFK]
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