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Norfolk: Banham

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

[Transcription copyright © Pat Newby]

BANHAM parish has a small village on a gentle eminence, 2 miles from Kenninghall and new Buckenham, and 5 miles E. by N. of East Harling, and contains many scattered houses, 1165 inhabitants, and 3714 acres of rich loamy land, belonging to a number of copyholders and freeholders, many of whom are residents. The whole is in the Duke of Norfolk's manors of Banham Heath, Mareschalls, Greys, Beckhall, and Hockham, mostly on arbitrary fines. About 150 people are employed here in making bricks and tiles, and here is a fair for horses, toys, &c., on the 22nd of June.

The CHURCH (Virgin Mary) is a large handsome structure, with a square tower, surmounted by a wooden spire. In a chapel lies the effigy of the founder - Sir Hugh Bardolph, Kt. The rectory, valued in [the] King's Book at £9. 3s. 6½d., and in 1831 at £800, is in the gift of the Crown, and incumbency of the Rev. John Surtees. The glebe is 34A.

The Wesleyan and Primitive Methodists have a chapel here.

The yearly sum of £5. 4s. is paid out of 6A. of land, left by John Bidwell in 1713, for schooling six poor children. The TOWN LANDS, partly acquired in the 15th century, have been conveyed to trustees from time to time for the church and poor, and consist of about 43A., with a house, let for £65 a year, and a building called the Pest-house, occupied rent free by paupers. Out of the rents, 7s. 5d. is paid for the leet-fee and quit-rent; £4 is divided among the poor, and the residue is applied in the service of the church.

The FUEL ALLOTMENTS, awarded at the enclosure in 1790, consist of 123A. 2R. 2P. of fen, on which the poor cut turf, and let the herbage for about £50; and 9A. 3R. 27P. on Holme Hills, let for £16 a year. Part of the rents is paid to the poor who cut the turf, and the rest is distributed in clothing and coals. The Guildhall Feoffment consists of an old building divided into three tenements, occupied by paupers, and 3A. 33P. of land, let for £3. 10s. These premises being settled for superstitious uses, fell to the lord of the manor, who in 1549 granted them to feoffees for the use of all the copyhold [tenants], on condition that the lord should have liberty to hold the manor court in the old building called the Guildhall.

The poor have 30s. a year, left by Mrs. Gawdy and Mrs. Bidwell. In 1832, Mrs. Mary Bowles gave 5A. 3R. 20P. of land, let for £5, in trust for the poor of Banham and Kenninghall in equal shares.

	Armes     Wm.               miller and baker
	Browne    Sarah             shopkeeper
	Browne    Alfred            schoolmaster
	Carter    Robert            gentleman
	Cracknell Wm.               plumber, painter, &c
	Chapman   John              blacksmith
	Elliott   Wm.               lime & corn merchant
	Esling    Hy.               gent
	Esling    Wm. Chpr. & John  grocers, drapers, and agents
	                              to Norwich Equitable Fire
	                              and Life Ins. Co.
	Gaymer    Wm.               vict. Crown
	Gilbert   George            brickmaker
	Gilbert   Robert            millwright
	Hewett    James             butcher
	Holmes    Mrs My.
	Humphreys Wm.               gardener
	Humphreys Wm.               millwright
	Hunt      J.                joiner and brickmaker
	Hurrell   John              whitesmith
	Jessup    Wm.               bricklayer
	Kemp      Robert            beerhouse keeper
	Kemp      Stephen           carrier and shopr.
	Ludkin    Henry             joiner
	Newell    Mr Robert
	Page      Thos. jun.        wheelwright and gig maker
	Pears     Rev Charles, M.A. curate
	Prince    Mary              ladies' school
	Robinson  Charles           vict. Lion
	Rust      Wm.               butcher
	Spurling  Wm.               wheelwright
	Surtees   Rev John          Rectory
	Taylor    John              bricklayer
	Taylor    H.                carpenter, &c
	Wells     George            corn miller and chief constable

	   Cattle Dealers.

	Fisher    J.
	Jolly     George
	Jolly     Elias


	Bilham    James             Newson    Rebecca
	Blomfield Chas.             Newson    George
	Bobby     Thomas            Page      Thomas
	Gall      James             Palmer    Jonthn.
	Germany   John              Palmer    Edwin
	Gunns     Robert            Phillips  Robert
	Hewitt    James             Rich      Thomas
	Humphreys Chapman           Roper     Edward
	Hunt      James             Smith     Robert
	Moore     George            Spurling  Wm.
	Murrell   George            Wells     Mary
	                            Wick      Jas. jun.

	   Shoemakers.                 Tailors.

	Bradley   John              Bale      J.
	Davy      Charles           Barnard   Thomas
	Johnson   Robert            Elsing    Hy. jun.
	Mark      Wm.
	            parish clerk
	Weston    Wm.
POST-OFFICE at Rt. Turvey's. Letters daily, from Attlebro'

See also the Banham parish page.

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Copyright © Pat Newby.
September 2009