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


Is of an irregular, oblong figure, 12 miles in length from north to south, and about seven miles in breadth; bounded on the south by Forehoe and Mitford; on the west, by Launditch and Gallow; on the north, by Holt Hundred; and on the east, by South Erpingham and Taverham Hundreds.

The soil is in general a fertile loam, with substratums of chalk and marl, and a large portion of it lies in the vale of the river Wensum, which forms the western boundary from Guist to Bylaugh, from whence it crosses the hundred by a circuitous channel to Attlebridge, where it again turns to the south, and forms the western border as far as Ringland, flowing from thence in an easterly direction to Norwich. This river, in several places, expands into a broad stream, and the tides are said to have anciently flowed up it as far as Billingford. Several smaller streams also contribute to the beauty and fertility of this hundred, which comprises 30 parishes, of which the following is an enumeration, shewing 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.
* Alderford    44  656  429
+ Bawdeswell  58221181163
+ Billingford  35320721797
+ Bintree  40921041417
* Brandiston  1371276  737
+ Bylaugh    85  9681545
+ Elsing  45721901407
Foulsham 104857963180
+ Foxley  29321701619
Guestwick  20021581625
+ Guist  42526641637
Hackford-by-Reepham @  6942600  809
* Haveringland  16017702000
Hindolveston  83933522487
+ Lyng  60128441879
* Morton-on-the-Hill  165  834  976
Reepham-with- }
  Kerdiston @   }
* Ringland  38614361119
Sall  26728121758
+ Sparham  32122741666
* Swannington  35818141281
Themelthorpe    94  884  652
Thurning  16619321484
+ Twyford     94  908  522
* Weston   41135962697
Whitwell @  51926861434
* Witchingham (Great)  62437622083
* Witchingham L.    451106  714
Wood-Dalling  56033822396
Wood-Norton  32524981700

TOTAL !11,25269,08246,637

[There is more information about individual parishes]

* + UNIONS. -- The ten parishes marked thus + are in Mitford and Launditch Union, (see page 307; [this is in Mitford Hundred description]) the nine marked thus * are in St. Faith's Union; and the other 11 are in Aylsham Union. Before the formation of these Unions, there was an incorporated Workhouse at Bawdeswell, for seven parishes, and another at Reepham for four parishes.

@ Hackford, Kerdiston, and Whitwell, comprise the chief part of the market town of REEPHAM, where there are two churches in one churchyard, for the four parishes.

! The population of Eynesford Hundred, in 1831, was 10,643. Its annual value, as assessed to the property tax, was £48,259, in 1815, and £76,334 in 1842. Its territorial extent, including wastes, roads. &c., is upwards of 50,000A.

PETTY SESSIONS for this Hundred are held every Monday, alternately at Foulsham and Reepham. Mr. Robert Dench, of Foulsham, is clerk to the magistrates.


Some placenames in the transcription (of pages 344 to 345) above are given below together with their standard spelling :-
  Bintree/Bintry,  Sall/Salle,  Weston/Weston Longville,   Witchingham (Great)/Great Witchingham,   Witchingham L./Little Witchingham

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