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


Extends about ten miles south from the river Yare, and is from 5 to 6 miles in breadth,- being bounded on the north by Blofield, on the east by Clavering, on the south by Earsham and a small part of the river Waveney, near Bungay; and on the west by Depwade and Henstead Hundreds.

It has generally a fertile soil, is well cultivated, and abounds with wood and water. Near the river Yare, it has a rich but watery tract of marshes, with several rivulets and "broads".

It is in the Deanery of Brooke, and Archdeaconry of Norfolk. It has its name from the market town of Loddon, where Petty Sessions are held every alternate Wednesday. Mr. Jas. Copeman is clerk to the magistrates.

It comprises 21 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 Rates, in 1843, and their territorial extent, in assessable acres:-

PARISHES. Pop. Annl.
Alpington  1971,054  520
Ashby  2631,064  436
Bedingham  3161,8681,148
Broome  6102,5261,421
Carleton St. Peter    961,000  765
Chedgrave  3482,3181,395
Claxton  2001,134  977
Hardley  2142,1321,428
Hedenham  2722,5301,564
Hillington (Hellington)    64  888  516
Kirstead  2491,5481,009
Langley  3233,2442,668
Mundham  3082,3161,527
Seething  4492,6201,571
Sisland    64  726  459
Thurton  2461,346  748
Thwaite St. Mary  110  970  667
Topcroft  4753,2301,861
Woodton  5673,5162,112

TOTAL *7,69246,34027,838

[There is more information about individual parishes]

* The whole of the Hundred is in LODDON and CLAVERING UNION, which was incorporated under an act passed in 1765, but is now under the new poor law, as described at a subsequent page. (See Clavering.)

The population of the Hundred, in 1831, was 7,457. The annual value of its lands and buildings, as assessed to the Property Tax, was £41,301, in 1815; and £51,704, in 1842. It is in Loddon Police Division.


Some placenames in the transcription (of pages to ) above are given below together with their standard spelling :-
  Ashby/Ashby St Mary

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April 2006