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Norfolk Hundreds

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


Is a fertile district, bounded on the west by Diss Hundred, on the north by Depwade and Loddon, and on the east and south by the river Waveney, which divides it from Suffolk, and flows through a verdant and picturesque valley. It is about 13 miles in length, along the river, from the vicinity of Scole Inn to Bungay, on the Suffolk side of the valley, and averages from 3 to 5 miles in breadth.

It forms, with Diss Hundred, the Deanery of Redenhall, in the Archdeaconry of Norfolk, and is all comprised in the paramount jurisdiction of the Liberty of the Duke of Norfolk, which has two coroners, and contains above a hundred other parishes in this county.

Petty Sessions are held at Harleston every alternate Friday. Mr. Wm. Hazard is the magistrates' clerk.

The following enumeration of the parishes, &c. in Earsham Hundred, 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, in assessable acres.

PARISHES. Pop. Annl.
Alburgh  58928001514
Billingford  2191954  934
Brockdish  46622721054
Denton  62540362434
Earsham  73149642718
Mendham (part*)  2571314  780
Needham  31020861200
Pulham St. Mary }
  Magdalen         }
Pulham St. My Vir. @  92452722958
Redenhall    }
Harleston + }
Rushall  26715021149
Starston  48232302167
Thorpe Abbots  28116981123
Wortwell +  56021621102


[There is more information about individual parishes]

[ @ This is Pulham St. Mary the Virgin.]

* Mendham is mostly in Suffolk.

Harleston is a chapelry, and Wortwell a township, both in Redenhall parish.

The return of Pulham St. Mary Magdalen included 130 persons in the Workhouse of DEPWADE UNION, (see page 699,) [this is in Depwade Hundred description] which comprises all Earsham Hundred, except Mendham, which is in Hoxne Union, Suffolk. Langmere, a hamlnt[sic] of Dickleburgh parish, is locally situated in this Hundred which had 8485 souls in 1831, and is in Long Stratton and Loddon Police Divisions. Its annual value, as assessed to the property tax, was £40,320, in 1815, and £49,681 in 1842.


Some placenames in the transcription (of pages 722 to 723) above are given below together with their standard spelling :-
"Pulham St. My Vir"/"Pulham St. Mary the Virgin" or "Pulham Market", Thorpe Abbots/Thorpe Abbotts

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April 2006