Transcribed from Norwich Diocesan Registry
held at Norwich Records Office (VIS/30) Box 1302
Questions to Incumbants on Visitation.
1. The Parish is about 10 miles in circumference; and
consists chiefly of Marshes and Water; contains 7 cottages and 1 small Farmer's House, and no family of
2 - 4. None (No Papists, Dissenters or Quakers)
5. There are no persons who constantly absent themselves, but they can very seldom
be prevailed to attend.
6. No house for a Vicar. (lived within 5 miles, i.e. Somerton)
7. Rev. M. Gerard of Waxham services the Parish for 10 gns.
8. Divine Service more than once a fortnight, exclusive of a sermon on Good Friday
and Christmas Day.
9. I have instructed the children in the catechism whenever I could persuade them to
attend, but for this 2 years past there have been none in the Parish that could attend.
11. Sacrament Easter, Whitsun, Michaelmas, Xmas; 3 communicants.
12. There is no school of any kind, but I have always been informed that the
children of the Parish are entitled to their education at Sir Wm. Paston's Free School at North Walsham; my
authority is only common report.
13/14. No school or charity. No collection or offertory.
16. I have heard that with the former minister, there was a dispute with a Mr.
Manclarke, a principal proprietor of land, respecting the Tythes of Rape Seed, whether it was due to the Rector or
the Vicar, but it was determined that the Tythe of Rape Seed was due to the Vicar. I compound with each Proprietor,
but had the misfortune to lose £21 by Mr Manclarke's death last year - and I spent £10 to repair an old cottage
belonging to the Vicarage.
17. It may not, I trust, be improper to acquaint your Lordship that this Parish is
so surrounded with Sea and Marshes that its very dangerous to get wet. That I have three times narrowly escaped
being drowned in trying to get there on a Sunday, from most terrible and wide Breaches in the Sea Banks, that
without they are stopped they afford a very awful and very lamentable apprehension of Drowning. The greatest part
of the Marsh estates belonging to the Abbey of St Benedict, and all the low land from this Place to the City of
Norwich, and the Parishes of Trowse, Carrow, etc. are very much hurt by often neglecting their Lord's Day to attend
Plunder and Shipwreck, Smuggling, etc.
Curate of Somerton and Horsey