BRADENHAM (EAST), a parish and scattered village, 1½ miles W. of Shipdham, and 7 miles E. by S. of Swaffham, is in Swaffham union and county court district, South Greenhoe hundred, King's Lynn bankruptcy district, South Greenhoe petty sessional division, Swaffham polling district of West Norfolk, Cranwich rural deanery, and Norfolk archdeaconry. It had 326 inhabitants in 1881, living on 2340 acres, and has a rateable value of £3633.
The parish lies chiefly in the manors of Huntingfield Hall and East Bradenham, of which T.T. Clarke, Esq., is lord. A court is held at East Bradenham Old Hall in July. Here is also a small rectorial manor. The other principal landowners are Miss Mary Girling, Captain Henry Smith Adlington, J.P., and Herbert Tann.
The CHURCH (St. Mary) is a large edifice, comprising nave, chancel, aisles, north porch, and square tower. It was restored in 1853, and fitted with new seats, pulpit, &c. A warming apparatus was added in October 1881. A stained-glass window representing the Nativity was inserted by Captain Henry Smith Adlington, J.P., the patron of the rectory, which is valued in the King's Book at £12 2s. 8d., and is now in the incumbency of the Rev. Edward George Adlington Winter, M.A., who has a good residence, and a yearly tithe rent-charge of £353.
The School, with teacher's residence attached, was rebuilt by subscription in 1861, and is attended by about 57 scholars.
The poor have a house and 2R. of land, bequeathed by a Mr. Green, and now let for £13 16s. a year, which is distributed in coal. The Church Land, 2A. 3R., is let to the poor in 12 allotments.
The Primitive Methodists have a chapel here.
POST from Thetford, viâ Shipdham. West Bradenham is the nearest Money Order Office.
Basham Samuel farmer Betts Walter farmer; h Gateley hall Chapman Robert parish clerk Drury Richard farmer Forster Miss Ellen D. Natl. schlmstrss Fulcher Thomas land steward to Lord Londes; h Elmham park Fulcher Thos. & Betts Walter frmrs. Manor frm; East Bradenham hall Fulcher William Henry steward to Messrs. Fulcher & Betts, agent to the Royal Farmers and General Fire, Life, & Hail Insurance Co.s; h East Bradenham hall Goring Walter farmer and landowner Hart Hy. vict. Lord Nelson, & blcksmith Hart William shopkeeper Kemp - steward to George Cordy Meachen Mrs Rachael Augusta farmer Read William farmer Stringer Robert shopkeeper Stringer William miller and baker Wheals Jno. frmr. seedsman & beerhs Wheals Robert builder & wheelwright Winter Rev. Edw. George Adlington The Rectory
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