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Norfolk: Billingford near East Dereham

William White's History, Gazetteer, and Directory of Norfolk 1883

[Transcription copyright © Pat Newby]

BILLINGFORD, a village and parish on the east side of the vale of the Wensum, 1½ miles E. of Elmham Station, and 6 miles W. by S. of Reepham, in Mitford union, East Dereham county court district, Norwich bankruptcy district, Eynesford hundred and petty sessional division, Reepham polling district of North Norfolk, Sparham rural deanery, and Norwich archdeaconry. It had 315 inhabitants in 1881, living on 1820 acres, and has a rateable value of £2130.

The Earl of Leicester owns most of the soil, and is lord of the manor and patron of the living, which is a discharged rectory, valued in the King's Book at £7 10s., and now having 16 acres of glebe, and a yearly rent-charge of £365 10s., awarded in 1840 in lieu of tithes. The Rev. Charles John Dashwood, M.A., is the rector, and has a good residence. The CHURCH (St. Peter) comprises nave with aisles, chancel, porch, and octagonal tower, with one bell.

A School was built here by subscription in 1875, which is supported by subscriptions and Government grant.

The Primitive Methodists have a small chapel in the village.

Beck Hall, a moated house, which gives name to a large farm extending into the parishes of Bylaugh and Foxley, stands on the site of a hospital for poor travellers, founded by William de Beck, at an early period. High House (formerly called Bedlam House) gives name to another farm, was built about 1824, on the site of a tumulus, in which were found a Roman urn, and a variety of petrified shells and other fossils.

The Fuel Allotment, awarded under an Act of the 46th George III., is 50 acres, the rent of which is distributed in coal amongst the poor, who have also the interest of £5 left by Mr. Ruggs.

POST OFFICE at Mr. J. Ulph's. Letters arrive at 7.30 a.m., and are despatched at 5.45 p.m., viâ East Dereham. North Elmham is the nearest Money Order Office.

	Blomfield Mr. Jno.
	Brumstead Miss M.A.       schoolmistress
	Collyer   Miss Cathe.     Billingford Hall
	Dack      Thomas          blacksmith
	Dashwood  Rev. Chas. Jno.
	            M.A.          rector
	Hall      John            farmer, High House
	Howard    Jno.            butcher
	Howard    Jno.            parish clerk
	Hudson    Robert & Sons   (Robt. jun. & Jno. Peter)
	                            farmers, Beck Hall
	Owick     Philip          shopkeeper
	Robinson  Thomas          vict. Tuns Inn, & machine owner
	Scott     Francis         farmer
	Ulph      Jonathan        postmstr. & shopkpr
	Winter    William         victualler, Bell

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See also the Billingford near East Dereham parish page.

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November 2005