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Sprowston, Norfolk

Historical Description

Sprowston, a village and a parish in Norfolk. The village stands 2 miles N by E of Norwich, which is the nearest railway station; is straggling, and more than a mile long; contains some handsome residences; and has a post and money order office under Norwich; telegraph office, Old Catton. The parish comprises 2632 acres; population, 2165. There are two corn-mills. The manor, with Sprowston Hall, belongs to the Gurney family. Sprowston Hall is a good modern mansion of red brick. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Norwich; net value, £254 with residence. Patrons, the Dean and Chapter of Norwich. The church is an ancient building of flint and stone which has been much altered by repairs. It has a stained E window and some ancient tombs and monuments. A chapel of ease was erected in 1885 at a cost of about £2300. There is a Primitive Methodist chapel.

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 parishSprowston St. Mary and St. Margaret 
Poor Law unionSt. Faith 

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Directories & Gazetteers

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Visitations Heraldic

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Postal districtNR7
Post TownNorwich