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Gorleston, Suffolk

Historical Description

Gorleston, a village and a parish in Suffolk. The village stands near the month of the river Yare, adjacent to South Town or Little Yarmouth, is a suburb within the boundary of the borough of Great Yarmouth, is large and handsome, crowns two acclivities. Prospect Hill and Battery Hill, commanding a fine view over the Yare, the Denes, Yarmouth, and the German Ocean, and has a post, money order, and telegraph office under Great Yarmouth, and a station on the G.E.R. at South Town. Gorleston has become a very fashionable watering-place. The parish includes also South Town or Little Yarmouth, and comprises 2166 acres; population of the civil parish, 11,736; of the ecclesiastical, 11,589. A herring fishery is carried on, and there is also a trade in timber and the industry of ship and boat building. In 1887 two lighthouses were erected at the entrance of the Yare. The living is a vicarage, united with the rectory of West Town and South Town, in the diocese of Norwich; joint net yearly value, £280. The church is an ancient building of flint and stone, chiefly in the Early English style. The chapelry of South Town is a perpetual curacy in the diocese of Norwich; gross value, £150, in the gift of the vicar of Gorleston. There are Baptist, Congregational, Free Methodist, and Wesleyan chapels. Remains exist of an Augustinian priory founded in the time. of Edward I. by W. Wodegrove, and given at the dissolution to John Eyer.

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 CountySuffolk 
Ecclesiastical parishGorleston St. Andrew 
HundredMutford and Lothingland 

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Civil Registration

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Directories & Gazetteers

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Land and Property

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Newspapers and Periodicals

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