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Norfolk: Broome

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

[Transcription copyright © Mike Bristow]

BROOME (or Brome) 2 miles N. by E. of Bungay, and 13 miles S.S.E. of Norwich, is a parish in Loddon union, Beccles county court district, Loddon petty sessional division, Loddon hundred, Yarmouth bankruptcy district, Loddon polling district of South Norfolk, and East Brooke rural deanery, and Norfolk archdeaconry.

It had 514 inhabitants in 1881, living on 1419 acres, and has a rateable value of £2542 1s., and a gross rental of £3025 3s. 6d. The trustees of the late Sir William F. Fowle Middleton, Bart., own most of the soil, and are lords of the manor. Broome Place, a mansion overlooking the vale of the Waveney, belongs to Messrs. Samuel Darby and George Chase, but is now unoccupied. Mr. William Edward Cross also has an estate in the parish.

The CHURCH (St. Michael) is a large building of Perpendicular architecture, and comprises nave, chancel, south porch, and square embattled tower with five bells. In 1867 the chancel, which contains sedilia and a piscina, was rebuilt, and the church restored and re-seated. The rectory, valued in K.B. at £6 13s. 4d., is in the patronage of the trustees of the late Sir W. F. F. Middleton, Bart., and incumbency of the Rev. J. G. Brighton, M.D., who has a substantial brick residence, rebuilt in 1861. There are 26 acres of glebe, and the tithes have been commuted for £286 a year, of which £6 belong to the rector of Ditchingham.

A SCHOOL BOARD was established here in 1874, and consists of Rev. Dr. Brighton (chairman), and Messrs. L. Elden, G. Mickleburgh, W. Crowfoot, and Jas. Doe. Edward Cadge, Esq., of Loddon, is the clerk. The school was built in 1875, at a cost of £900, for the accommodation of 90 children.

The Town Lands, 27A. 3R. 19P., let for about £80 a year, have been vested in trust since 1520, for the repairs of the church and other 'town charges.' The Fuel Allotment, awarded at the enclosure in 1806, is 10A. 1R. 30P., let with 4A. 19P. awarded to the Town Lands, for £17 8s. a year. The poor have also the interest of £120 12s. 5d., Three per Cent. Annuities, derived from the sale of an acre of allotment land. These charities are now vested in the Charity Commissioners, under the management of the following board: Rev. Dr. Brighton (chairman), J. D. French, Esq., and the churchwardens for the time being. Austen Smith, Esq., is clerk to the board.

POST from Bungay. WALL LETTER BOX cleared at 4.50 p.m. on week days only.

Brighton     Rev. John George,
               M.D.            rector, The Rectory
Bull         Isaac             bricklayer and builder
Chandler     Mr. Geo. Owles    Beech house
Clow         Fredk.            Board schoolmaster
Crowfoot     Wm.               farmer, Heath house
Easter       William           market gardener
Elden        James             builder, bricklayer, contractor, and
                               parish constable and farmer, Stone cottage
Farrow       Henry             market gardener
Frost        William           marsh farmer
Goff         Ezekiel           vict. Three Tuns Inn
Kent         Edward            farmer and overseer
Mallinson    John              vict. Artichoke Inn
Mickelburgh  Wm.               farmer & thatcher
Moore        Thomas            farmer, and miller & merchant;
                               Wainford Mills, Suffolk
Mortlock     Mrs Esther Herman Broome house
Mortlock     Westall John      farmer and surveyor, Red house
Mortlock     William Herbert   farmer & collector of taxes,
                               Broome house
Pulford      George            vict. Rising Sun Inn
Pulford      Mark & George     farmers
Ramus        George            shoemaker & cowkpr
Redgrave     Martin            shopkeeper
Reeve        Henry             farmer & owner, Gambles farm;
                               h Lowestoft
Riches       Walter            shopkeeper
Saunders     Hy. Berry         farmer, Ivy hs
Smith        Jeremiah          carpenter
Smith        John              parish clerk and farmer
Tubby        William           shopkeeper
Wenn         Misses            Brome cottage
Wilson       William           farmer, Church farm
Wisken       Thomas            miller, corn and coal merchant
                               and assistant overseer

See also the Broome parish page.

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December 2004