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


Is skirted on the north by the river Yare, and on the west by the river Tas. It is about nine miles in length, and varies from six to three miles in breadth; being bounded, on the north, by Blofield; on the east by Loddon and part of Clavering; on the south, by Depwade; and on the west, by Humbleyard Hundred, and the county of the city of Norwich.

Near the centre of it was formerly an extensive heath; but it was enclosed under an act passed in 1800, and the whole Hundred is now in a high state of cultivation. It was possessed by the Crown, until granted out to the Priory of Norwich, and the families of Clavering, Cornwallis, &c.

Its Petty Sessions are held at the Rummer Inn, Stoke Holy Cross, every alternate Friday; and Mr. Thos. Waters, of Norwich, is clerk to the magistrates, and also to the commissioners of taxes for this Hundred.

The following enumeration of its 20 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, in assessable acres.

PARISHES. Pop. Annl.
Arminghall    791148  609
* Bixley  1101516  639
* Bramerton  2291422  621
* Caistor St.Edm.  14716461020
* Framingham Earl  100  838  611
* Framingham Pigot  2891524  565
* Holverstone    37  526  331
Kirby-Bedon  26525881329
* Poringland Gt +
* Poringland Ltl +
  520 }
    57 }
Rockland St. My.  47322281210
Saxlingham Ngt.  65032961530
Saxlingham Thrp.  1311114  456
Shottesham All Sts  55725381523
Shottesham St.        }
  Mary & St. Martin }
Stoke Holy Cross  45329741603
Surlingham  44628161767
Trowse Newton  56225101121
Whitlingham    28  666  555
* Yelverton    82  952  529

Total @562336,48419,086

[There is more information about individual parishes]

+ Great and Little Poringland are united for the support of the poor.

* Those parishes marked thus * are in the Liberty of the Duke of Norfolk. (see page 25. [in description of Norfolk])

@ Henstead Hundred had 5213 souls, in 1831. Its annual value as assessed to the Property Tax, was £25,542, in 1815, and £40,559, in 1842. It is in Catton Police Division, except the parishes of Saxlingham Nethergate and Thorpe, which are in Long Stratton Division; and Holverstone, Rockland All Saints, the two Shotteshams, & Yelverton, which are in Loddon Police Division.

HENSTEAD UNION comprises all the parishes of Henstead Hundred, except Yelverton, which is in Loddon and Clavering Union. It also comprises the 18 parishes of Humbleyard Hundred, and is already noticed at p. 692 [this is Humbleyard Hundred description].


Some placenames in the transcription (of pages 787 to 788) above are given below together with their standard spelling :-
 Caistor St.Edm./Caistor St.Edmund,  Holverstone/Holverston,  Poringland Gt/Great Poringland or East Poringland,  Poringland Ltl/Little Poringland or West Poringland,  Rockland St. My/Rockland St. Mary,  Saxlingham Ngt./Saxlingham Nethergate,  Saxlingham Thrp./Saxlingham Thorpe,  Shottesham All Sts/Shotesham All Saints,  Shottesham St. Mary & St. Martin/Shotesham St Mary

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April 2006