WOODRISING is a small village and parish, 2½ miles W. by N. of Hingham, in Mitford union, hundred and petty sessional division, Wymondham country court district, Norwich bankruptcy court district, Hingham polling distract of South Norfolk, Mitford division of Hingham rural deanery, and Norfolk archdeaconry. It had 93 inhabitants in 1881, and comprises 1363 acres of land. The rateable value is £1675. John Weyland, Esq., of Woodeaton, Oxfordshire, is lord of the manor and owner of the soil. The manor was formerly held by the Southwells, of which family was Sir Richard Southwell, chancellor to Edward VI. John Tucker, Esq., resides at Woodrising Hall, a modern mansion in a small park, near Scoultonmere. Queen Elizabeth was entertained at Woodrising Old Hall in 1578, by Lord Paget, on her progress through Norfolk. The CHURCH (St. Nicholas) is a small fabric, consisting of nave, chancel, south aisle, and the ruins of an ivy-mamtled tower. On the north side of the chancel is a full-sized figure of a knight in armour, supposed to represent Sir Robert Southwell, whose widow married Lord Paget, and who was the mother of Sir Robert Southwell. He married one of Lord Howard of Effingham's daughters, and commanded one of the warships which defeated the Spanish Armada. On a flat stone is inscribed the name of Sir Francis Crane, who was ambassador to France at the time of Charles I. He revived the art of tapestry in this country, and established a large manufactory at Mortlake, near London. Here are also several tablets of the Weyland family; and at the west end is a small gallery containing an organ. Dr. Sutton, a former incumbent of this parish, was the author of several well-known works. The rectory, valued in K.B. at £4. 18s. 4d., is in the gift of Richard Weyland, Esq., and incumbency of Rev. Arthur Roberts, M.A., who has a neat brick residence erected in 1830, 17 acres of glebe and a yearly rent-charge of £240, awarded in 1841 in lieu of tithes. The school was built by the late John Weyland, Esq.; and the poor have 5s. a year from Mowting's charity.
POST viâ Thetford.
© Transcribed by E.C. ("Paddy") Apling, January 1999; 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
Woodrising Church (and audio tour) [Wayland and Watton info]
Kelly's Directory entries for 1883; 1892; 1896; 1904; 1933 and 1937
White's Directory entries for 1845 and 1854
Woodrising Census Transcripts for 1841; 1851; 1861; 1871; 1881, 1891 and 1901
Cranworth (& Woodrising) Archeology [Norfolk History Explorer]
More on Woodrising [GENUKI-NFK]
Return to villages index
Paddy's home page