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Norfolk: Bawdeswell

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

[Transcription copyright © Mike Bristow]

BAWDESWELL,a neat and pleasant village, with a good inn, on the Norwich and Fakenham road, 4 miles W. by S. of Reepham, has in its parish 582 souls, and 1163 acres. Edward Lombe, Esq., is lord of the manor, but a great part of the soil belongs to Robert Leeds, Esq., the Misses Lloyd, (of the Hall, built in 1683,) and a few smaller owners.

The ancient Church (All Saints,) of which the nave was destroyed by the fall of the steeple in 1739, was taken down in 1844, and rebuilt by subscription on a small scale, with only 317 sittings. The rectory, valued in K.B. at £7, and in 1844, at £330, is in the gift of E. Lombe, Esq., and incumbency of the Rev. Philip du Val Aufrere.

The FREE SCHOOL was founded in 1728, for 12 poor boys of this parish, and 8 of Foxley, by John Leeds, Esq., who endowed it with a house and 16A. 1R. 14P. of land, now let for £20. 19s. a year. It is now conducted as a National School, for about 70 children, and is held in the building which was erected in 1781 as a Workhouse for the parishes of Bawdeswell, Billingford, Bintree, Bylaugh, Foxley, Lyng, and Sparham, which are now in Mitford and Launditch Union. At the enclosure of Bawdeswell, in 1808, two acres were allotted as a gravel pit, and 35A. to the poor, who cut fuel upon it. The poor have also 20s. a year, left by Wm. Dewing, in 1719. Here is a small Methodist Chapel, erected in 1829.

Barrett        Wm.                     beerhouse keeper
Bear           John                    saddler
Bird           John                    grocer and baker
Browne         James                   vict. Ram Inn
Cannell        Aquilla Wm.             saddler
Catton         Mr George & Mr. Wm.
Catton         Maria                   grocer and draper
Comer          John                    blacksmith
Cooper         Harriet                 schoolmistress
Darkins        John                    tailor
Elvin          Wm.                     corn miller
Gibbs          Rev Wm. P., B.A.
Kemp           Rev Nunn R. P.,B.A.     curate
Leeds          Robert, Esq.
Leeds          Chas.                   Bell Inn & Posting House
Lincoln        Eliz.                   straw hat & dress maker
Lloyd          Misses Eliza & Letitia  Hall
Pearse         Robert                  butcher
Pocklington    Jph.                    National School
Sussens        Jph.                    plumber, painter, &c.
Stonex         Mrs Elizabeth
Street         Wm.                     grocer and draper
Utting         Rt.                     wheelwgt. & vict. Crown
Whitrod        Edm.                    blacksmith & wheelwright, Temperance
                                       Coffee House
Whitesides     Wm.                     grocer and baker

  * are Owners
*Allen          Charles
 Barker         Thomas
 Bidwell        Wm.
*Bowman         James
 Catton         Wm.
 Custance       James
 Haylett        Stephen
*Parke          John
 Pearse         Rt.                      buchr.
 Sizeland       Charles
 Tann           Benjamin
 Tann           James

 Bunn           Robert
 Galland        John
 Johnson        James
 Ramm           John

COACHES and Carriers to Norwich, &c. call at the Inns daily

See also the Bawdeswell parish page.

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Copyright © Mike Bristow.
May 2002