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Norfolk: Blofield

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

[Transcription copyright © Pat Newby]

BLOFIELD, which gives name to this Hundred, is a large village and parish, containing many neat houses, 1112 inhabitants, and 2277 acres of land, pleasantly situated on the Yarmouth turnpike, 7 miles E. of Norwich. H.N. Burroughes, Esq., is lord of tha manor, which was held by the Bishop till about the year 1070; but the land belongs to a number of freeholders, several of whom reside here.

The CHURCH (St. Andrew,) has a fine lofty tower, and six bells, and was re-pewed and otherwise improved in 1819, at the cost of £350. New western doors were erected in 1844, made from the timber of an oak tree which had been planted in the churchyard by the late rector.

The rectory, valued in the King's Book at £23. 6s. 8d., and in 1831, at £933, is in the patronage of Caius College, Cambridge, and incumbency of the Rev. John Drew Borton, M.A., who rebuilt the Rectory House, &c., in 1805-'6. The tithes were commuted in 1845. The glebe is 61A. 3R. 22P.

The Wesleyans have a chapel here.

The School-house and garden were given in 1727 by the Rev. Chas. Reeve, who left out of his estate at Halvergate, the following yearly rent-charges, viz.:- £10 to the schoolmaster, for teaching ten poor children; 52s. for the weekly distribution of 1s. worth of bread; 40s. for distribution on Whitsunday; and 35s. for clothing three poor widows at Christmas. The School-room was enlarged by subscription in 1813.

The Poor's Land, 37A. 29P., allotted at the enclosure in 1805, is let for £66 a year, which is distributed in coals. The poor have also a yearly rent-charge of £2, left by a Mr. Buttifant, out of land now belonging to Mrs. Jary.

A Hiring Session for servants, is held here a few days before Old Michaelmas; and Petty Sessions are held at the Globe and King's Head alternately, every other Monday. The POST-OFFICE is at the Globe, where letters are received from Norwich every morning.

	Bane       Joseph              vict. King's Head
	Bane       Mr Matthew
	Bayes      John                thatcher
	Barnes     Fiddy               policeman
	Benstead   Thomas              saddler, &c
	Boast      Robert              machine maker
	Borton     Rev John Drew, M.A. Rectory
	Brundell   Wm.                 watchmaker
	Cheyne     John                chimney sweeper
	Codling    Wm. Hy.             Union and magistrates' clerk,
	                                 supt. regr. & schoolr
	Coleman    Timothy             vety. surgeon
	Dobson     Wm.                 hair dresser
	Eade       Peter               surgeon and registrar
	Evans      Thomas              cooper
	Gapp       Rd. Rant            schoolr. & tea dlr
	Garrard    Misses
	Goulder    Robert              chief constable, &c
	Greaves    Rev Thos. Berkeley  vicar of South Lynn
	Haggata    Leonard             vict. Swan
	Jary       Mrs                 gent
	Lambert    Thomas              tinner & brazier
	Lincoln    John                cattle dealer
	Lynes      Jph.                machine mkr. & wheelgt
	Mace       Robt.               gent
	Miles      Lieut. Edmund, R.N.
	Mingay     John W.             cabinet maker
	Overed     John                farrier
	Onslow     Rev Wm. L.
	Parker     Mrs My.
	Postle     Jeposaphat          relieving officer
	Read       Richard             cattle dealer
	Reeve      James               schoolmaster
	Ringer     Mr John
	Rising     Edward              corn miller
	Rix        Mrs Bridget
	Rogers     Mrs Sarah           corn miller
	Riches     Thomas              hawker
	Sillett    Mrs Sarah           schoolmistress
	Tuck       John Hy. Esq.       High House
	Tuck       Misses              gentlewomen
	Tunmore    John                sawyer
	Ward       Joseph              vict. Globe Inn

	   Beer Houses.                   Bricklayers.

	Brown      John                Clarke     Wm.
	Gowen      Benj.               Rushmore   Anty.
	                               Withers    John

	   Blacksmiths.                   Butchers.

	Sawyer     Richard             Caston     Wm.
	Scurll     Wm.                 Hilling    John
	Sizer      Henry               Read       Rt. jun.
	Woodrow    John                Redgment   Robt.


	Allen      John                Grimble    James
	Browne     Wm.                 Hardesty   Wm.
	Browne     W. jun              Lillystone Mrs
	Brooks     Wm.                 Long       Robert
	Crow       Robert              Morris     Wm.
	Edrich     Henry               Osborne    Wm.
	Ellis      Henry               Postle     Jsha. D.
	Goulder    Robert              Riches     Thomas
	Goulder    Rt. jun.            Southgate  Henry
	             (and maltster)    Waters     Robert

	   Gardeners.                     Shoemakers.

	Hazel      Charles             Bailey     John
	Hazel      Samuel              Bell       Robert
	Patterson  Henry               Bulley     Robert
	                               Clarke     Charles
	                               Fox        Richard
	                               Gowen      Benjamin
	                               Harpley    Tovel
	                               Shalders   Robert

	   Joiners, &c.                   Shopkeepers.

	Benns      Thomas              Benns      Thomas
	Broom      John                Bowens     Jas. (baker)
	Lynes      Joseph              Bunn       Samuel
	Mingay     John W              Fisher     Wm.
	Rushmore   Rt.                 Rushmore   Robt.
	Stockings  Wm. (& builder)     Salisbury  Walter
	                               Tabor      Edward

	   Plumbers, Glaziers,            Tailors.
	   & Painters.
	                               Crow       Wm.
	Emms       Hy. W.              Dunt       Adam
	Fisher     Wm.                 Pyle       Henry
	Fox        George              Lusher     Rebecca

CARRIER. R. Waters, to Norwich, Sat.

See also the Blofield parish page.

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August 2004