Watton in 1839
Watton is in the hundred of Wayland, 91 miles from London. The area of the parish is 2,000 acres; the population, in 1831, was 1,027. The town, which is small, is in the midst of a dairy country, from which a considerable quantity of butter is sent to London. There are in the town some almshouses and a clock-tower. The church, which is at some distance from the town, has a round tower with an octangular top ; it is supposed that some parts of the building are as old as the time of Henry I. There is a weekly market on Wednesday, three ancient fairs, and two others of modern establishment. Petty-sessions for the hundred are held monthly. The living is a vicarage, of the clear yearly value of £187, with a glebe-house. There were in the parish, in 1833, a national day and Sunday school, with 120 children, and three day-schools, with 93 children.