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Norfolk Hundreds

White's History, Gazetteer, and Directory of Norfolk 1845


Is so called from its thriving market town, and is nearly a square district, about seven miles in length and breadth, bounded on the west by Guiltcross; on the north, by Depwade; on the east, by Earsham Hundred; and on the south by the river Waveney, which divides it from Suffolk.

It is a well wooded and fertile district, generally champaign, but rising in some places in gentle undulations, and having mostly a strong loamy soil, which is generally moist, owing to a substratum of impervious blue clay, lying at the depth of from one to two feet.

Diss and Earsham were anciently one Hundred, and they still form the Deanery of Redenhall, in the Archdeaconry of Norfolk. Diss Hundred holds its Petty Sessions at the town of Diss, on the first and last Mondays of every month; and Mr. John Muskett is clerk to the magistrates.

The following enumeration of its 16 parishes shews their population in 1841, the annual value of their lands and buildings, as assessed to the county rate in 1843, and their territorial extent.

PARISHES. Pop. Annl.
Bressingham  64736442287
Burston  46824561405
Dickleburgh-     }
  with Langmere }
Diss 320510,7003382
Fersfield  29519121313
Frenze +    46  +  +
Gissing  49828821907
Roydon  58626201217
Scole +  68526281454
Shelfanger  44524281637
Shimpling  2301232  670
Thelveton  16914821001
Thorpe Parva +    18  +  +
Tivetshall St. Mgt  36827661639
Tivetshall St. Mary  33121001095
Winfarthing  69642102566

TOTAL !  954344,14223,628

[There is more information about individual parishes]

+ Frenze and Thorpe Parva are united with Scole, or Osmondiston, for the support of their poor; and their areas and annual value are included with Scole.

Bressingham, Fersfield, Roydon, Shelfanger, and Winfarthing, are in GUILTCROSS UNION, (see page 421, [this is in Guiltcross Hundred description]) and all the other parishes are in DEPWADE UNION. (See page 699. [this is in Depwade Hundred description])

! The population of Diss Hundred, in 1831, was 9300. Its annual value, as assessed to the property tax, was £37,473, in 1815, and £49,296 in 1842. It is in Long Stratton Police Division.


Some placenames in the transcription (of pages 710 to 711) above are given below together with their standard spelling :-
Tivetshall St. Mgt/Tivetshall St Margaret

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April 2006