In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described Gorleston like this:
GORLESTON, a village, a parish, and a sub-district, in Mutford district, Suffolk. The village stands near the mouth of the river Yare, adjacent to South-Town or Little Yarmouth, 2 miles S of Great Yarmouth town and r. station; 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 office under Yarmouth. The parish includes also South-Town or Little Yarmouth; and comprises 2, 135 acres of land, and 40 of water. ...
Real property, £16, 630. Pop. in 1851, 3, 999; in 1861, 4, 472. Houses, 973. The increase of pop. arose from proximity to Yarmouth, and from the immigration of many fishermen from Barking. The property is much subdivided. The living is a vicarage, united with the rectories of South-Town and West-Town, in the diocese of Norwich. Value, £381 . Patron, Henry Allnutt, Esq. The church is later English and commodious. St. Mary's chapel, in South-Town, is a separate charge. There are three dissenting chapels, a working men's institute, and a large national school. Remains exist of an Augnstinian priory, founded, in the time of Edward I., by W. Wodegrove, and given at the dissolution, to John Eyer. Captain Manby was a resident.The sub-district contains also five other parishes. Acres, 10, 942. Pop., 6, 339. Houses, 1, 351.
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GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Gorleston, in Great Yarmouth and Suffolk | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.
Date accessed: 26th May 2013
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