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Hockwold-cum-Wilton in the year 1836...


    HOCKWOLD-with-WILTON are adjoining villages of detatched houses, on the north side of the vale of the Little Ouse river, from 4 to 5 miles W. of Brandon, and 8 miles S. by W. of Stoke-Ferry.  They form one parish containing 878 inhabitants, and about 6500 acres of land, a great part of which is fen, over which a new road was made, with a suspension bridge across the river to Suffolk, in 1829.
    Hockwold Fair, for toys, pedlery, etc., is held on July 25th. The principal owners and lords of the manors, are the Rev. William New-come, of Hockwold manor; Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge of Carles manor; and Gover and Co., of the Bank of England,of Wayland manor. Hockwold church (St. Peter) is a large edifice with a broad square tower, three bells and a fine brass, on which are portrayed Amlfelicia, wife of Sir John Tindale, and her her children, dated 1535. Wilton Church (St. James) is a small ancient edifice, with a tower containing three bells, and surmounted by an octangular spire of frecstone. Hockwold rectory is valued in K.B. at £9. 13s. l1d., and Wilton vicarage at £6. 7s. 6d. They are consolidated in
the gift of Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge, and incumbency of the Rev. Wm. Hanson, who is lessee of the rectorial tithes of Wilton, under the said college. Service is performed every Sunday alternately in each church. The Wesleyan and Primitive Methodists have each a chapel here. The poor’s land, purchased by the parish
in 1769, with the bequests of Robert Clough and others, is 14 acres, and they have a right to fuel in the fen, which was enclosed in 1814.  They have also £10 a-year from £200, left by the Rev. Mr. Adams, in 1781, and an annuity of 24s., left by a Mr. Batchaby. They had £3. lOs. from land left by Fuller and Chesterton; but this has not been paid for many years.

Butter Mr. William 
Craske Geo. miller and baker 
Hanson Rev. Wim. rector & vic. 
Johnson E1izaheth, shopkeeper 
Newcome Rev. Wim. Hockwold Hall 
Rolfe Thomas Eldred saddler 
Todd Wm. grocer and draper 

Anchor, Win. Rolfe
Ball, John Woolsey
Black horse, Thomas West
Bridge Inn, Joseph Cock
Ferry Boat, Charles Fuller 
Red Lion, George Jacob

Cock Gimmer 
Lambert Geo
West John

Field Benj.
Palmer Mark

Jacob George
King Francis
Lee George
Palmer Robt
Pearson John
Stead Jacob
Thompson Rt

Cock Field
Johnson Maths
Rolfe Wm

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