In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described Worstead like this:
WORSTEAD, a village and a parish in Tunstead district, Norfolk. The village stands 3 miles SSE of North Walsham r. station; was anciently called Worstede; was once a manufacturing and market town; gave name to worsted stuffs, the manufacture of which was commenced in it in the time of Henry I., and transferred to Norwich in that of Richard II.; and has a post-office under Norwich, and a large fair on 12 and 13 May. The parish includes five hamlets, and comprises 2,603 acres. Real property, £4,896. ...
Pop., 751. Houses, 195. The property is divided chiefly among four. W. house is the seat of the Hon. W. R. Rous; and Lyngate House, of T. Balls, Esq. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Norwich. Value, £251.* Patrons, the Dean and Chapter of N. The church is decorated English, and has a pinnacled tower. There are a Baptist chapel, national and British schools, alms houses, and other charities £31.
A Vision of Britain through Time includes a large library of local statistics for administrative units. For the best overall sense of how the area containing Worstead has changed, please see our redistricted information for the modern district of North Norfolk. More detailed statistical data are available under Units and statistics, which includes both administrative units covering Worstead and units named after it.
GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Worstead in North Norfolk | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.
Date accessed: 23rd May 2013
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