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

SOUTH GREENHOE HUNDRED

Is of an irregular figure, averaging about twelve miles in length, and nine in breadth; bounded on the north by Freebridge-Lynn and Launditch; on the east by Mitford and Wayland; on the south by Grimshoe; and on the west by Clackclose. It has near its centre the neat market-town of Swaffham, on a fertile eminence, encompassed by an extensive belt of heath; indeed, the whole Hundred abounds in sheep-walks, and has generally a light sandy soul[sic], except on its eastern side, where it has a rich loam, and its highly cultivated fields are watered by a fine rivulet flowing southward to the Wissey, or Stoke river, which skirts it on the south, as the navigable Nar does on the north-west. It has its name from the green hills, or tumuli, on the heath between Cockley-Cley and North Pickenham, where the Hundred Court was held until the early part of the last century.

Its Petty Sessions are held every Saturday, at the Shirehall, in Swaffham; and Mr. Robert Sewell is clerk to the magistrates.

It forms, with Grimshoe Hundred, the Deanery of Cranwich, and contains 24 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.

	+===================================================+
	|                        |        |  Annl.  |       |
	|    PARISHES.           |   Pop. | Value.  | Acres.|
	|                        |        |   £.    |       |
	+---------------------------------------------------+
	| Bodney                      98     1232      2538 |
	| Bradenham (East)           368     2870      2388 |
	| Bradenham  West            364     2682      1703 |
	| Caldecote                   48      252       662 |
	| Cockley-Cley               244     1140      4160 |
	| Cressingham (Gt)           476     2272      2391 |
	| Cressingham (Ltl)          244     1766      1504 |
	| Didlington                  77      612      1322 |
	| Foulden                    500     2818      3354 |
	| Gooderstone                500     2490      2743 |
	| Hilborough                 337     1664      2807 |
	| Holm-Hale                  488     3876      2547 |
	| Houghton-on-the-Hill        41      800       600 |
	| Langford                    57      472      1248 |
	| Narborough                 360     3664      3512 |
	| Narford                    113     1350      1872 |
	| Necton                     991     5430      3316 |
	| Newton                      93     1290      1005 |
	| Oxborough                  316     2150      2317 |
	| Pickenham North            269     1730      1516 |
	| Pickenham South            170     1546      1751 |
	| Southacre                  100     2130      2312 |
	| Sporle-with- }                                    |
	|   Palgrave   }             773     5364      4153 |
	| Swaffham *                3358   12,704      6200 |
	+---------------------------------------------------+
	| Total +                 10,385   62,304    57,921 |
	+===================================================+

[There is more information about individual parishes]

+ Its population, in 1831, was 10,237 souls. Its annual value, as assessed to the property tax, was £55,144, in 1815, and £69,330 in 1842. Its Agricultural Association is notced[sic] with Swaffham.

* Swaffham return included 89 persons in the Union Workhouse, and 60 in the House of Correction. SHINGHAM parish is partly in this, but mostly in Clackclose Hundred. (See page 622. [this is in Clackclose Hundred description])

  SWAFFHAM UNION comprises all the 24 parishes of South Greenhoe Hundred; the parishes of Beechamwell and Shingham, in Clackclose Hundred; those of Ashill, Saham-Toney, and Threxton, in Wayland Hundred; and those of Buckenham Tofts, Ickburgh, Colveston, and Stanford, in Grimshoe Hundred.

The 33 parishes of this Union comprise an area of 26 square miles, and in 1841 had a population of 13,084 souls, of whom 6459 were males, and 6625 females. Their average annual expenditure on the poor, during the three years ending March 1835, was £12,089; for the succeeding three years, £8724; and for the three years ending March, 1841, £8089. Their expenditure for the quarter ending June, 1844, was £2008.

The Union Workhouse, at Swaffham, was built in 1836, at the cost of £5425, and has room for 400 paupers; but the average daily number of inmates, in summer, is only about 100. They are clothed and fed at the average weekly cost of 2s. 10d. per week per head. Robert Sewell, Esq., is Union Clerk and Superintendent Registrar; Mr. James Philo is Registrar of Marriages; Messrs. Geo. Whittby and Wm. Holt are Registrars of Births and Deaths; and Mr. Reuben Harwood is governer of the Workhouse.

South Greenhoe Hundred is mostly in Castle-Acre Police Division, and partly in those of Stoke-Ferry, Dereham, and Hockham.


Notes

Some placenames in the transcription (of pages 371 to 372) above are given below together with their standard spelling :-
Bradenham (East)/East Bradenham, Bradenham West/West Bradenham, Cressingham (Gt)/Great Cressingham, Cressingham (Ltl)/Little Cressingham, Holm-Hale/Holme Hale, Newton/Newton by Castle Acre, Pickenham North/North Pickenham, Pickenham South/South Pickenham, Southacre/Acre South


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