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Norfolk: Braydeston

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

BRADESTONE is 7 miles E. of Norwich. Some of its houses adjoin the village of Brundall, where there is a station on the Norwich and Yarmouth railway. Bradestone parish is in Blofield union, Norwich county court district and bankruptcy district, Blofield hundred, Blofield and Walsham petty sessional division, Blofield polling district of South Norfolk, Blofield rural deanery, and Norwich archdeaconry. It had 165 inhabitants in 1881, living on 502 acres, and has a rateable value of 1136. The trustees of the late R.H. Nevill own the manor and the greater part of the soil, the rest being divided among small proprietors.

The CHURCH (St. Michael) is a plain building of Perpendicular architecture, and consists of nave, chancel, north porch and square tower with one bell. In the chancel are marble tablets of the Drake and Frost families. The living is a rectory, valued in the King's Book at 5 6s. 8d., and consolidated with that of Strumpshaw. The tithes have been commuted for 150 per annum.

Near the railway station there formerly stood the ruins of an ancient religious edifice, the dedication, endowment, or architecture of which nothing is known, though the site is still called Chapel field. These ruins were removed in 1820, and the surrounding soil was levelled, when a vast quantity of human bones were laid bare, and a number of urns of Roman construction, containing ashes, were found.

POST OFFICE. Wall Post Office cleared at 4.40 p.m., week days only. Letters, via Norwich, arrive at 9 a.m. Blofield is nearest Money Order and Telegraph Office.

	Culley    Frederick Wynyard
	            Hector, Esq
	Dingle    George            vict. White Horse
	Gilbert   Henry Charles
	            Bliss           farmer, The Hall, and Freethorpe
	Gowen     Robert            blacksmith
	Gunton    Mr. Henry
	Hutchins  George            shopkeeper
	Johnson   Mr William Stuart
	Merrison  Benjn.            farmer & cattle dlr
	Roberson  Miss Ellen
	Smith     Charles           steward
	Smith     C.H.              stationmaster
CARRIERS from Cantley to Norwich pass through on Wed. and Sat.
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See also the Braydeston parish page.

Copyright Pat Newby.
July 2002