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Weston Longville

Weston Longville is a small village which lies approximately 8 miles north-west of Norwich. It is situated close to the River Wensum.

Weston Longville Sign

Weston Longville Village Sign

Parson Woodforde (1740-1803) was the rector at All Saints' Church here from 1776 to his death. His diary is a wonderful record of rural life in the 18th century - detailing his mundane daily activities and above all his copious meals. He frequently dined with Mr and Mrs Custance and here is his entry for January 28th, 1780:
 

"...The company present were Sir Edmund Bacon and Lady, Mr and Mrs Custance and Mr Press Custance.....We had for dinner a Calf's Head, boiled Fowl and Tongue, A Saddle of Mutton rosted on the Side Table, and a fine swan rosted with Currant Jelly for the First Course. The Second Course a couple of Wild Fowl called Dun Fowls, Larks, Blamange, Tarts etc etc and a good Dessert of Fruit after, amongst which was a Damson Cheese. I never eat a bit of Swan before, and I think it good eating with seet sauce.... "

Parson Woodforde remained a bachelor for the whole of his life - but he was attended at Weston Longville by his niece Nancy and by a variety of servants. He was a very orthodox man - dispensing his church duties in a reliable but uninspired fashion. Part of his role as rector was to help the poor and his diaries record the many occasions when he gave food or money to beggars calling at his door. Woodforde had no pretensions of  being a great writer - and had little interest in literature.

The diaries were edited and appeared in 1924 as The Diary of a Country Parson - proving very popular with the post war reading public.

Woodforde is buried in the chancel of the village church and there is a memorial plaque to him on the wall. The pub opposite the church is named after him.

    Gravestone of Parson Woodforde  

Gravestone on Chancel Floor

Parson Woodforde

Parson Woodforde

Memorial Plaque on wall of church

Memorial Plaque on wall of church.

All Saint's Church

All Saint's Church


Links:

More photographs of Parson Woodforde locations

The Parson Woodforde Society

 

 

 

 

 

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