Acle is a parish and small town, in Walsham hundred, Blofield union, Norwich county court district, rural deanery of Blofield, archdeaconry and diocese of Norwich, East Norfolk, 8½ miles west from Yarmouth, a new road having been cut through the marshes in 1833 which shortens the distance 3½ miles from the latter place; 5½ miles from each of the Brundall, Buckenham, and Reedham stations on the Norwich and Yarmouth Railway, 126 from London, and 11 east from Norwich. The church of St. Edmund is an old building: the register dates from the year 1668.
The living is a rectory, annual value £605, with residence, in the gift of Lord Calthorpe, and held by the Rev. R. W. Kennion, M.A.; the Rev. R. D. Pierpoint is the curate. Here is a National school of many years’ standing, supported by voluntary contributions. Here was formerly a market, but it has long been obsolete. A fair is held on Midsummer Day for cattle, &c., and on Old Michaelmas Day for hiring servants. There are a few charities. Richard II. granted the town some immunities, now of little value. One mile east the navigable river Bure is crossed by a Bridge, called Acle bridge. In Weybridge there are remains of Weybridge Priory, founded by Roger Bigod, in the time of Edward I. The chief owners of the soil are Lord Calthorpe, who is lord of the manor, and H. N. Burroughes, T. L. Ewen, G. D. Palmer, Jacob Preston, B. H. Baker, Esqrs., and Mr. Riches. The area is 3,230 acres, rated at £5,745 5s., a large portion of which is marsh land; the population in 1861 was 920.

Parish Clerk, John Holmes.

Post & Money Order Office & Post Office. Savings Bank. — Richard Leeder, postmaster. Letters arrive from Norwich, per mail cart, at 8.30 a.m. & from Yarmouth at 4.30 p.m.. & both are dispatched 10 minutes after the arrival of the latter

Insurance Agents: —
Norwich Equitable Fire, William Knights
Norwich Union Fire S; Life, Howard Baker

Police Station, James Wingfleld, superintendent

National School, Thomas Henry Melville, master; Mrs. Ellen Melville, mistress

Carriers to :—
Norwich — John Holmes, to the York tavern, Wednesday & Saturday at 6 a.m., returning same days
Yarmouth — Young, to ‘Saracen’s Head,’ Church square, Wednesday & Saturday at 8 a.m., returning same days; Daniel Harrison, to the ‘King’s Arms,’ Wednesday & Saturday mornings, returning same days

Private Residents.

Baker Mr. Benjamin

Baker Mr. Howard

Baker Mr. Robert [high constable]

Boultbee Mrs

Brunning Mr. Abraham

Cufaude William Henry, esq

Dawson Mr. Thomas

Drake Lieut. Spencer, R.N

Garratt Mr. William

Hacon Mr. Henry

Hill Rev. George Frederick, M.A. [perpetual curate of Repps & Bastwick]

Jay Joseph Tillett, esq

Kennion Rev. Robert Winter, M.A. Rectory

Knights Mr. William

Mitchell Mr. Edward

Pierpoint Rev. R. D. [curate]

Shingles Miss

Waters Mr. William

Watts Mr. George

Wigg Mrs

Wigg Mr. Gent


Baker Benjamin, farmer

Baker Howard, farmer

Baker Robert, farmer

Benns William, coal merchant

Bilsdon George, Queen’s Head hotel

Blnns George, shopkeeper & beer retailr

Binns Robert, farmer

Birt Harriet (Mrs.), shopkeeper

Boardman George, day school

Brown Mary (Mrs.), shopkeeper

Brown Samuel, farmer

Brunning Abraham, baker & grocer

Burgess Mary (Miss), dress maker

Church John, boot maker

Church Joseph, tailor

Church Joseph Only Curtis, druggist

Church Thomas, boot & shoe maker

Coman Wm. plumber, painter & glazier

Cufaude William Henry, surgeon

Daniels George, farmer

Dunt James, tailor & grocer

Edwards Henry, saddler & harness ma

England Robert, boot maker

Farrance George, bricklayer

Fowler Benjamin,carpentr & wheelwrght

Fowler William Daniel, farmer

Garwood Benjamin, veterinary surgeon

Harding John, boot maker

Harrison Daniel, hay & straw dealer

Harrison James, King’s Head inn, & hay & straw dealer

Holmes John, carrier

Hunn James, Hermitage

Hunn Joseph, farmer

Jay Joseph Tillett, surgeon

Knights William, grocer & draper

Leeder Richard, hair dresser & general dealer

Lemmon Thomas James, painter

Mallett Joshua, Angel & coal merchant

Money John, basket maker

Moore Edmund, carpenter

Oswald William, registrar of births & deaths for the South Walsham district, & relieving officer

Porter Wm. coal merchant & farmer

Riches John Worship, veterinary surgeon, landowner & farmer

Russell Robert, blacksmith

Shingles Mary (Miss), ladies’ boarding school

Tills Charles, farmer

Tills Samuel, blacksmith

Waters William, farmer

Wilkins Susan (Mrs.), butcher

Wilkinson William, pork butcher

Source: Post Office Directory of Norfolk & Suffolk; Kelly & Co.; London; 1865.

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