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Ormesby St Margaret or Great Ormesby, Norfolk

Historical Description

Ormesby St Margaret or Great Ormesby, a village and a parish in Norfolk. The village stands about a mile from the sea, has a station on the Midland and Great Northern Joint railway, and is 4¾ miles N by W of Yarmouth station on the G.E.R. It has a post, money order, and telegraph office, of the name of Ormesby, under Great Yarmouth. The parish, together with Scratby, comprises 1657 acres; population of the civil parish, 1202; of the ecclesiastical, with Scratby and Ormesby St Michael, 1538. There is a parish council consisting of eleven members. Ormesby House is a seat of the Lacon family, and is a handsome mansion in the Pointed style, standing amid well-wooded grounds. Scratby Hall, formerly a seat of the Earl of Home, and Ormesby Old Hall are chief residences. An old mansion, formerly the seat of the Cleres, is now a farmhouse. The living is a vicarage, united with the vicarage of Ormesby St Michael and Scratby, in the diocese of Norwich; net value, £286 with residence. Patrons, the Dean and Chapter of Norwich. The church is an ancient building of flint and stone in the Decorated style; has a fine tower, surmounted by four figures of monks in lieu of pinnacles; and contains brasses and monuments of the Cleres, the Symondses, and the Earl of Home. There are Wesleyan and Primitive Methodist chapels. Two churches, dedicated to the Holy Trinity and to St Peter, formerly stood between the two Ormesbys, but are now extinct. Scratby also had a church dedicated to All Saints, but when the parish was united to Ormesby the church was ordered to be demolished.

Transcribed from The Comprehensive Gazetteer of England & Wales, 1894-5


The following is a list of the administrative units in which this place was either wholly or partly included.

Ancient CountyNorfolk 
Ecclesiastical parishOrmsby St. Margaret 
HundredEast Flegg 

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