Costessey  Norfolk


In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described Costessey like this:

COSSEY, or Costessey, a village, a parish, and a sub-district in Forehoe district, Norfolk. The village stands on the river Wensum, 4½ miles NW of Norwich; consists chiefly of one long street; and has a post office, of the name of Cossey, under Norwich. The parish comprises 3, 040 acres. ...

Real property, £5, 509. Pop., 1, 047. Houses, 244. The property is divided among a few. The manor belonged, after the Conquest, to Alan, Earl of Richmond; passed, in the time of Henry II., to the Crown; went back to the Earls of Richmond, and back again to the Crown; formed part of the dowry of Queen Anne of Cleves; was given, in 1557, to Sir Henry Jermingham; and has descended from him to Lord Stafford. Cossey Hall, Lord Stafford's seat, dates from the time of Sir Henry Jermingham; was rebuilt in pure Tudor style, after designs by Buckler; has an elegant chapel, in the pointed style, 90 feet long and 35 feet wide; contains a number of interesting portraits; and stands in a beautiful park of upwards of 900 acres. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Norwich. Value, not reported. Patrons, the Corporation of Norwich. The church has a square tower, with wooden spire, and is good; and there are Baptist, Wesleyan, and Roman Catholic chapels.—The sub-district contains fourteen parishes. Acres, 15, 618. Pop., 4, 116. Houses, 922.

Costessey through time

Costessey is now part of South Norfolk district. Click here for graphs and data of how South Norfolk has changed over two centuries. For statistics about Costessey itself, go to Units and Statistics.

How to reference this page:

GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Costessey in South Norfolk | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.


Date accessed: 17th October 2019

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