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Norfolk: Blofield

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

[Transcription copyright © Pat Newby]

BLOFIELD, a large village and parish, is in Blofield union, Norwich county court district and bankruptcy district, Blofield petty sessional division and hundred, Blofield polling district of South Norfolk, Blofield rural deanery and Norwich archdeaconry. It had 1136 inhabitants in 1881, and comprises 2335 acres of land. Its rateable value is £5562.

It is pleasantly situated on the Yarmouth turnpike, one mile N. of Brundall railway station, and 7 miles E. of Norwich. Mrs. Burroughes of Burlingham Hall is lady of the manor, which was held by the Bishop till about the year 1070. C.E. Tuck, Esq., W.H. Jary, Esq., W.L. Cooke, Esq., Thos. Slipper, Esq., are the principal landowners, and here are several small freeholders.

The CHURCH (St. Andrew) is a spacious building of the Perpendicular period, and consists of nave with aisles, chancel, north porch, vestry (built by the late rector), and fine square tower. The latter contains six bells, and is surmounted by figures of the four Evangelists. The nave and aisles are separated by quatrefoil columns, supporting handsome arches. In 1880 the low flat ceiling which partially concealed the arches of the tower and chancel, was replaced by a new and handsome roof, and the windows in the nave and aisles, which had been blocked up, were re-opened. The east window is very plain, but there is a fine Perpendicular window in the tower. The chancel screen is finely painted, and has figures of the twelve Apostles upon its panels. In the chancel is a piscina, and the font is curiously carved with scenes from the life of our Saviour.

Here are tablets of the Carlos, Berry, Borton, Deneau, and Saul families; and one with kneeling figures of Edward Paston, Esq., his wife, and nine children. The arms of the Paston and Catlyn families still remain on the heads of their stalls.

The rectory, valued in the King's Book at £23 6s. 8d., and now at £1050, is in the patronage of Caius College, Cambridge, and incumbency of the Rev. James Percy Garrick, M.A., who has a good residence, which was rebuilt in 1806. The tithes were commuted in 1845 for £974 7s. 6d., and the glebe is 61A. 3R. 22P.

The PARTICULAR BAPTISTS have a small chapel here which they purchased of the Wesleyans, about 1852. There is a mission room belonging to Miss A.A. Cameron, which is also used as a Sunday School.

The school house and garden were given in 1727 by the Rev. Charles Reeve, who left out of his estate at Halvergate the following yearly rent-charges, viz.:- £10 to the schoolmaster, for teaching poor children; 52s. for a weekly distribution of 1s. worth of bread; 40s. for distribution on Whitsunday; and 35s. for clothing three poor widows at Christmas. The school became obsolete on the establishment of the School Board in 1876, and a new scheme for the management of the charity has recently been issued by the Charity Commissioners. The School Board now consists of the Rev. Jas. P. Garrick, M.A. (chairman), Edward Gilbert, Esq., W.L. Cooke, Esq., Messrs. R.D. Rix, and John Ferra. Herbert H. Cole, Esq., of Norwich, is clerk to the board. Two Board Schools were built in 1877, at a cost of £3100, the central school has an attendance of about 120 mixed scholars, and there is a smaller school at Hemblington, which was enlarged in 1880 at a cost of £190.

The Poor's Land, 37A. 29P., allotted at the enclosure in 1805, is let for £60 a year, which is distributed in coal. The poor have also a yearly rent-charge of £2, left by a Mr. Buttifant, out of land now belonging to W.H. Jary, Esq.

Petty Sessions are held at the Globe Inn, every alternate Monday.

Here is a Rifle Corps, with about 70 members. It was established in 1860, Major John Harman Brown, captain; John Edward Cooke, and Henry Hooke, lieutenants; the corps now use the Norwich range.

Blofield Union Workhouse is situated at Lingwood (which see).

POST, MONEY ORDER, AND TELEGRAPH OFFICE at Mr. John Wright's. Letters arrive at 5.30 a.m., and are despatched at 5.30 p.m., viâ Norwich.

	Bacon       James             shoemaker
	Bailey      John              shoemaker
	Banton      William           victualler, Swan
	Bolingbroke Louis Errington   solicitor, Norwich, The Elms
	Broom       John              beerhouse
	Brown       Mr John Harman
	Cameron     Miss Alice Amelia
	Clarke      James             shoemaker
	Coleman     Misses Annie,
	              Ruth and Mary
	Cooke       Willm. Larke      wine and spirit merchant and farmer
	Curtis      John              joiner and builder
	Deeks       Arthur E.         master of Hemblington Board School
	Earl        John              brazier & chimney sweeper
	Easter      George            blacksmith
	Edrich      William Skipp     farmer
	Farman      Mrs. Mary Browne  saddler and harness maker
	Fenn        Charles           farmer
	Ferra       John              news-agent, mineral oil and lamp dealer
	Fisher      William           grocer and draper
	Garrick     Rev. James
	              Percy, M.A.     rector
	Gilbert     Edward, Esq. J.P. farmer
	Grapes      William           farm bailiff
	Hall        Mrs Harriet
	Harper      Daniel Hubbard    plumber, glazier, and painter
	Harper      George            shoemaker
	Howard      Hammond Lily      fishmonger
	Howes       James             shoe maker
	Kidd        Robert Bohun,
	              L.A.C.          surgeon to Blofield Union
	Lynes       James Day         vict. King's Head, and posting house
	Lynes       Mr Joseph
	Macdonald   Mr Peter
	Mace        Mrs Harriet
	Martins     Charles           victualler, Globe Inn
	Morris      Henry             cowkeeper, Bay Bridge
	Mower       George            Board schoolmaster
	Mower       Miss Martha       Board schlmistress
	Newby       Daniel            tailor
	Overed      John Davy,        cattle inspector for Blofield hundred
	              M.R.C.V.S.        under contagious disease of animals
	                                Act, and sanitary inspector; agent
	                                for Norwich Union Fire Office
	Packer      Mrs Phœbe         The Beeches
	Postle      Miss Gertrude     dressmaker
	Read        Robert            shoemaker
	Redgment    Wright            butcher and farmer
	Reynolds    Noah              farmer
	Reynolds    Joshua            farmer, Heath farm
	Rix         Herbert           shopkeeper
	Rix         Robert            victualler, Two Friends
	Rogers      Francis           corn-miller
	Rogers      William           corn-miller
	Rope        George            market gardener
	Royal       Albert            relieving officer and registr. of
	                                births, deaths, & marriages
	Saddler     Alfred            tailor
	Saddler     Mrs Mary Ann      shopkeeper
	Sayer       Elijah            vermin destroyer
	Setchell    Thos. Wm.         grocer and baker
	Slipper     Thomas            farmer, Church Farm; h Ludham
	Steward     Mr Philip
	Stockings   Hy. Bane          joiner & wheelwrt
	Stockings   Mrs Sarah
	Symonds     Samuel            shopkeeper
	Thackeray   Rev. Arthur       curate
	Thirtle     Robert            vict. Bird-in-Hand
	Tuck        Algernon Devereux solicitor, Norwich; h The Grove
	Ward        Randall           sexton
	Waters      Cornelius         market gardener
	Waters      James             farmer
	White       George            clock cleaner
	Withers     John              bricklayer
	Withers     John              builder and contractor
	Wright      Jon.              grocer & sub-postmaster
	Woodcock    James             plumber, glazier, and painter
	Woodrow     John              blacksmith & farmer
	Woolsey     Hy. Ed.           farmer, The Rookery
	Worm        Miss Mary Elizth. Rose Villa
Carriers from Acle, Martham, and South Walsham, to Norwich, pass through on Mon., Wed., and Sat.; and conveyances to and from Blundall [sic] Station, distance one mile, in connection with all trains, from the King's Head.

See also the Blofield parish page.

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December 2008