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Norfolk: Brooke

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

[Transcription copyright © Pat Newby]

BROOKE, a large and well-built village, and one of the three detached parishes of Clavering Hundred, is 7 miles S.S.E. of Norwich, and has 756 souls and 2049A. of land, belonging to many proprietors, some of whom have neat mansions here, the largest of which have well-wooded parks, viz., Brooke House, the seat of George Samuel Kett, Esq., and Brooke Hall, an elegant cemented building in the Grecian style, erected in 1830, near the site of the Old hall, by its present owner and occupant, the Rev. John Holmes, lord of the manor (fines certain) and impropriator of the great tithes.

William the Conqueror gave this manor to the Abbey of Bury St. Edmund's; and one of the abbots in the 10th of Edward I., obtained for it a market and fair, but both have long been obsolete.

The CHURCH (St. Peter,) is an ancient fabric, with a round tower, and is a vicarage valued in the King's Book at £5. The patronage is in the Crown, and the Rev. Wm. Castell is the incumbent, and has recently given a house, worth £10 a-year, to provide for the repairs, &c., of the organ. The glebe is 2A. 3R. 32P., and the vicarial tithes were commuted in 1842, for £240 per annum.

In the village, is a Baptist Chapel, built in 1839. A large National School has recently been built here, for the parishes of Brooke, Howe, and Kirstead.

The TOWN LANDS consist of 43A. 3R. 2P. in this parish, let for £64 a-year; and Pevers Farm, 53A. 2R. in Kirstead, let for £80 a-year. To the latter is attached the reputed manor of Pevers, now yielding only a quit rent of 8s. 2d. per annum. This property was vested in trustees before the reign of Henry VIII., for the payment of tenths, fifteenths, and other taxes, levied by the king on the parishioners of Brooke; but since 1692, the rents have been applied with the poor-rates. Part of the original trust lands were exchanged for others in 1813.

The Fuel Allotment, 5A., was awarded at the enclosure in 1800, and is let for £8, which is distributed in coals amongst the poor, who have also the following yearly doles, viz., 20s. left by John Kerrison, in 1756; 40s. left by John Fowle, in 1786; and the interest of £20 derived from a house left by Wm. Brereton, but sold by the overseers about 1832.

The POST OFFICE is at the King's Head. Letters are received at half-past eight morning, and despatched at half-past five afternoon.

	Banham   William Henry    National School master
	Barling  Rev. Charles
	           Harris A.
	Barlow   Isaac            tailor
	Burgess  Mrs. Rosetta     boarding and day school [see note below]
	Butcher  Mrs Sar.
	Castell  Rev. Wm., M.A.   Vicarage
	Castell  Damment          corn miller
	Chase    James            veterinary surgeon
	Clarke   John             blacksmith
	Downing  Jas.             beer hs                 [see note below]
	Dunt     Robt.            beer hs                 [see note below]
	Everett  John             saddler
	Fox      Mgt.             boarding and day school [see note below]
	Gillett  George           surgeon
	Haggith  Wm.              tailor and draper
	Harwin   Benjamin         joiner
	Holmes   Rev. John        Brooke Hall
	Holmes   Geo., Esq.
	Johnson  John. Geo.       plumber, glaz. &c.
	Jones    Edward           vict., King's Head
	Kett     Geo. Saml., Esq. Brooke House
	King     Rev. J.          Baptist minister
	Larke    John             tailor and overseer
	Larke    Robert Norman    surgeon
	Marston  Alfred           saddler
	Newson   John             wheelwright
	Palmer   Leeder           sheep dealer
	Roe      Mr. Rt.
	Rummer   Louisa           National School
	Steward  Wm.              plumber, glazier, &c.
	Whurr    James            bricklayer
	Young    Isaac            gent.


	Austin   Matthias         Howard    Charles
	Bridges  Henry            Smith     R.
	Bridges  James            Tibbenham Edw.
	Chase    John             Tibbenham Jas.
	Chase    James            Utting    James
	Daniels  John             Yallop    James
	Fisher   Francis

	   Grocers, &c.              Shoemakers.

	Garrard  John             Forder    Robert
	Harvey   Ed. Geo.         Roberts   James
	Tidnam   John             Tidnam    George
	Ward     Rachael          Warner    Edward

COACHES And Carriers
To Norwich, Ipswich, &c. daily from the King's Head.

Note: in the original this is
     Burgess Mrs. Rosetta, and Fox Mgt., boarding and day school
     Dunt Robt. & Downing Jas. beer hs

See also the Brooke parish page.

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October 2015