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Kelly's Directory, 1904 

HORSEY is a parish and village, 4 miles north from Martham station on the Eastern and Midlands joint railway, about 11 miles north-by-west from Yarmouth, and 21 from Norwich, in the Eastern division of the county, Tunstead and Happing petty sessional division, Happing hundred, Smallburgh union, Great Yarmouth county court district, rural deanery of Waxham (Happing division), archdeaconry of Norfolk and diocese of Norwich. This parish was frequently flooded until purchased by the late Robert RISING snr of Horsey Hall who, by repairing the sea bank and draining the marshes, brought it to a high state of productiveness. He also constructed a road to Somerton, which is of great advantage to the inhabitants. The church of All Saints is an ancient building of stone in the Gothic style of the 13th century, consisting of chancel, nave, south porch and an embattled tower, round at the base and octagonal above and containing one bell: on the north side is a memorial window, erected in 1872 to the Rev. Edward P. NEALE,M.A., vicar 1857-1870 (died 1871), and in the chancel three to the RISING family: the finely-carved rood-screen is a work of the 13th century: the church was restored in 1855, at a cost of £300 and has 120 sittings. The register dates from the year 1559. The living is a vicarage, net yearly value about £60, including 47 acres of glebe, with residence, in the gift of trustees, and held since 1889 by the Reverend Stafford Meredith Brown. The Poor's allotment of 9A.3R.9P awarded at the inclosure in 1816 is now (1904) let for £9 yearly, which sum is distributed in coals. Horsey Hall, a mansion of brick, rebuilt in 1845, is the seat of Harold HARMSWORTH, esq. Viscount and Viscountess Massereene and Ferrard are lord and lady of the manor, and principal landowners. The soil is mixed: subsoil clay and sand. The chief crops are wheat, oats and barley. Here is a Coastguard station. The area is 1,942 acres of land and 129 of water known by the name Horsey Mere and 73 of foreshore; rateable value £1,317; the population in 1901 was 158.

LITTLE WAXHAM, formerly ex-parochial and annexed to Waxham, is now, under the Divided Parishes Act,  amalgamated with this parish. Bernard James CUDDON-FLETCHER, Esq. of Somerton and Dunnans, Argyllshire, is lord of the manor and sole landowner.

POST T.E.D.and P.OFFICE - Mrs Margaret GOOSE, sub-postmistress.
Letters arrive from Yarmouth at 8.20am and 4.20pm and are dispatched at 4.25pm and 9.25am on Sundays. The nearest money order office is at Martham.
A board of 6 managers was formed March 1904; 4 foundation managers, 1 appointed by parish and 1 by County Council; William SPELMAN, chairman; correspondent, C.J. KIRKHAM, 28 Hall Plain, Great Yarmouth

PUBLIC ELEMENTARY SCHOOL (mixed) - built by the late R. RISING Esq in 1858 and enlarged in 1894 by the trustees of Horsey Hall Estate, for 50 children; average attendance 38; Mrs Emily S. NEIL, mistress.
Assistant Overseer, Richard ANDREWS
Sexton, Robert HALL
Carrier - Thomas GOOSE, Yarmouth, Sat. 4

HARMSWORTH, Harold   Horsey Hall
MEREDITH-BROWN, Rev. Stafford, (vicar) The Vicarage
ANDREWS, Richard, farmer and assistant overseer, Kerrison Farm
BEAN, John  gamekeeper to H. HARMSWORTH, esq.
BECKETT, John -  farmer
ENGLISH, George, farmer
GOOSE, Margaret (Mrs) - shopkeeper Post Office
GOOSE, market gardener and carrier
KIRBY, James Edwin, shoeing and general smith, wheelwright, builder and carpenter; and at Martham
LAMB, George, head gamekeeper to H. Harmsworth, esq.
PEGGS, James - waterman to H. Harmsworth, esq.
MYHILL, William Robert - farmer  Hall Farm
SADLER, William - farm bailiff to W.R. Myhill, Fords Farm
SMITH, William - head gardener to H. Harmsworth, esq.
STARLING, Alpheus Ethelbert - Nelson's Head P.H.
STARLING, Oliver Aldred - farmer, Mere Farm
WEBSTER, William, gardener to H. Harmsworth, esq.



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