In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described Gresham like this:
GRESHAM, a parish in Erpiunham district, Norfolk; 5 miles SW of Cromer, and 9½ NW of North Walsham r. station. Post town, Cromer, under Norwich. Acres, 1, 303. Real property, £1, 797. Pop., 345. Houses, 84. The property is divided among a few. The Gresham family, of whom was Sir Thomas Gresham, are supposed to have had their game from this parish; and the poet Chaucer had property here. Remains exist of an embattled mansion which belonged, in the time of Edward II., to the Bacons. Lime is worked. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Norwich. Value, £321. * Patron, the Rev. Mr. Spurgin. The church is decorated English, in good condition; has a round tower; and contains a curiously sculptured font.
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GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Gresham in North Norfolk | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.
Date accessed: 27th November 2015
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