WOODRISING is an ecclesiastical parish and village on the river Blackwater, 5 miles west from Hardingham station on the Wymondham and Wells section and 6 miles north-east from Watton station on the Bury, Thetford and Swaffham section of the London and North Eastern railway and 8 south from East Dereham, in the South Western division of the county, Mitford and Launditch petty sessional division, Mitford hundred, East [sic] Wymondham county court district, rural deanery of Breccles, archdeaconry of Lynn 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 a recumbent figure in armour, supposed to represent Sir Robert Southwell, a former lord of this manor; and a flat monument to Sir Francis Crane, knighted at Coventry 4th Sept. 1617; he was Chancellor of the Order of the Garter, and died at Paris, 26th Jun, 1636: Christopher Sutton D.D. who flourished as an author about 1600, was incumbent here in the reign of James I.: the church was thoroughly restored in 1888, and affords 80 sittings The register dates from the year 1562. The living is a rectory (with that of Scoulton annexed), joint net yearly value £650, with 16 acres of glebe and residence, in the gift of Miss Weyland, and held since 1920 by the Rev. Kenneth Meeres Grant, of Lichfield Theological College, hon. C.F. Mowting's dole of 5s. is a small annual payment to the poor. Wood Rising Hall, the property of Miss Weyland is occupied by Sir Percy Vincent bart. Sir Francis Crane kt. mentioned above, who purchased the lordship from Sir Thomas Southwell kt. in the early part of the 17th century, introduced into England the manufacture of tapestry, and, with the help of £2,000, granted by James I. towards the end of his reign, established a factory at Mortlake, in Surrey, where much of the finest tapestry still survives in our principal country mansions was made, but the work came to an end with the Civil War; Sir Francis also gave £500 towards the rebuilding of St.Paul's Cathedral, and added four knights to the order of the military knights of Windsor, instituted by Edward III. Miss Weyland is lady of the manor and principal landowner. The soil is mixed: subsoil, clay and gravel. The chief crops are wheat, barley and turnips. The population in 1931 was 345. [See Note below]
By the county of Norfolk Review Order, 1935, this civil parish was transferred to Cranworth.
Post and Tel. Call Office. Letters through Norwich. Hingham nearest M. O. & T. office
(For T.N's see general list of Private Residents at end of book.)
Grant Rev. Kenneth Meeres, hon. C.F. (rector), Rectory
Vincent Sir Percy bart. Wood Rising hall
Marked thus o farm 150 acres or over.
oClements Oscar, farmer, Hall farm
Freebury Mrs. Agnes, shopkpr.& post office
High Harold, gardener to Sir Percy Vincent bart
oNewson Ernest Wm. farmer, Wood farm. Hingham 241
Perkins Fredk. Chas. gamekeeper to Sir Percy Vincent bart.
Ramsay Wm. farmer, Church farm
Note: The population figure for 1931 is surely a misprint; a more likely figure would be in the region of 100 - possibly 95? [ECA].