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Ryston or Riston, Norfolk

Historical Description

Ryston or Riston, a parish in Norfolk, 2 miles ESE of Downham station and three-quarters of a mile N of Rystou station on the Downham and Stoke Ferry branch of the G.E.R. Post town and money order and telegraph office, Downham. Acreage, 559; population of the civil parish, 46; of the ecclesiastical, with Roxham and Fordham, 311. The manor with Ryston Hall, a mansion standing in a park of 300 acres, belongs to the Pratt family, who are sole landowners. The living is a vicarage, united with Roxham and Fordham, in the diocese of Norwich; joint net value, £232 with residence. Patrons, the Dean and Chapter of Norwich. The church is an ancient building of stone, consisting of chancel, nave, S porch, and a western tower. It contains a piscina, an aumbry, and some monuments of the Pratt family. Ket's Oak or the " Oak of Reformation," a tree famous in the history of the Norfolk rising of 1549, is in this parish.

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 parishRyston St. Michael 
Poor Law unionDownham 

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