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Rollesby Saint George Church NR29 5HW

Rollesby Saint George Church, At the time of calling builders were replacing lead that some idiot opportunist thief has stolen. Near Acle, round west tower, with the upper two-thirds octagonal, 4 bells, nave with aisles, chancel and north porch. The base of the tower is Norman, the rest of the church is Decorated. There is a fine alter tomb in the chancel to Mrs Rose Claxton, in Elizabethan dress dated 1601. Also an ancient marble monument, with 14 kneeling figures, to the Mapes family, 1619. Major Charles Ensor owns most of the soil, and is lord of the manor. The Hall, a handsome building, which was in the Elizabethan style, but was new fronted with white brick and otherwise improved in 1824, is now rented by General Sarel, C.B., and is delightfully situated east of the village, in the vale of the Broads, eight of which unite, and, covering a long strip of 400 acres, forms the largest fresh-water lake in the county. There are some buildings of great antiquity near the church. It is under the control of forty-eight guardians, chosen yearly, and a number of directors, consisting of all the magistrates and freeholders of £200 per annum resident in the incorporated parishes. The dietary system now in use has been introduced by the Poor Law Commissioners, who have here no further authority than the Poor Law Act gives them in similiar incorporations. R. Kidman, Esq., is chairman of the Board of Directors and Acting Guardians, and J. Cory, Esq., is their clerk. John Turpin Waller, Esq., of Burgh, is superintendent registrar; Mr. Thomas Bradfield, registrar of marriages; and Mr. A. Crisp, of Martham, and Mr. Thomas Bradfield, of Caister, registrars of births and deaths. Mr. James Linford is the relieving officer, and Messrs. Robert Woodman and A. Crisp, surgeons. The Rev. J.W. Clapcott is chaplain, and Mr. James Lewell and Miss Harris master and matron of the workhouse. In 1862, the Board of Directors and Acting Guardians formed itself into a Board of Health, under the powers of the Public Health Acts, and has already made several useful sanitary improvements. G.M. Beck, Esq., of Great Ormesby, is chairman; John Cory, Esq., clerk; and Mr. T. Edmonds, inspector of nuisances.

Rollesby Saint George Church NR29 5HW