[Transcription copyright © Pat Newby]
BUCKENHAM (NEW) is a small town with a large disused market-place, 4½ miles S. by E. of Attleborough; 15½ miles S.W. of Norwich; 95 miles N. by E. of London, and 5 miles from Tivetshall Station. Its parish is in Guiltcross union, Attleborough county court district, Norwich bankruptcy district, Shropham hundred, Guiltcross and Shropham petty sessional division, Attleborough polling district of South Norfolk, Rockland rural deanery and Norwich archdeaconry. It had 548 inhabitants in 1881, living on 324 acres, and has a rateable value of £1336.
The parish is principally the property of the executors of the late E.F. Bond, Esq. The vicar for the time being is lord of the Priory manor, and A.T. Clowes, Esq., of the Buckenham Burgh and Leet manors. The inhabitants are exempt from tolls at markets and fairs.
This parish was separated from Old Buckenham by Wm. d'Albini, who for the strengthening of the garrison of the castle which he built here, created this new burgh, with the privilege of frankpledge, assize of bread and ale, a gallows, a weekly market every Saturday, &c. The market is obsolete, but fairs for horses, cattle, &c., are held on November 22nd and the last Thursday in May.
The CHURCH (St. Martin) is a handsome edifice, comprising nave with aisles and clerestory, chancel, and square tower with six bells. It was built at various periods; the north aisle about 1479, by the contributions of several distinguished families, of whom here are various memorials, particularly of the Knyvets, one of whom was Lord Chancellor in the reign of Edward III. The Church was thoroughly restored and repewed in 1872. The living is a vicarage, worth £125 a year, in the gift of the parishioners, and incumbency of the Rev. John Woods, B.A., who has a small residence.
Here is a Wesleyan Chapel erected in 1811, at a cost of £400, and a Primitive Methodist Chapel, erected 1879.
New Buckenham School Board, formed July 1875, consists of Messrs. Wm. How (chairman), Johnson Wallis (vice-chairman), John Coleman, and Joseph Durrell. Mr. A.T. Clowes is clerk, and Mr. Edwin Le Good attendance officer. The National School is rented from the school trustees at a nominal rent of 1s. per annum.
The George and Dragon public-house, let for £76 a year, has been built by private donors in lieu of an old house which formerly stood in the centre of the Market place, and which was left by Wm. Juby in 1646, one-half for the schoolmaster, and the other for the incumbent. The latter has also about £30 a year as the rent of 13A. 2R. 16P. at Carleton Rode, left in 1692 by William Barber, who also founded an Almshouse here for four poor parishioners, and endowed it with a house and 18A. 3R. 8P. at Old Buckenham. This almshouse was re-built in 1861, chiefly at the cost of Messrs. H. and J.J. Turner, and the four inmates have each 2s. 6d. per week, and an allowance of coal yearly.
The Overseers' Lands comprise 4½ acres, let for £16 a year, which is applied in aid of the poor's rates, two houses for aged poor were built in 1862, adjoining Barber's almshouse. The Church Land, 6A., is let for £18; and the High Bailiff's Land, 5½A., is let for £14, which is expended in repairing the market-cross, two town pumps, and the church clock. There is a common of 80 acres, the rights upon which belong to numerous owners.
POST, MONEY ORDER AND TELEGRAPH OFFICE at Mr. Edwin Le Good's. Letters arrive at 7.50 a.m., despatched at 6.40 p.m., Sundays 10 a.m. viâ Attleboro'.
Aldis William carpenter Austin James saddler and harness maker, agt. to the Norwich Union Fire & Life Insce. Co. Beech cot Brown Albert pony and trap on hire Buddery Henry shoemaker Calver Wm. shoemkr. & shopkeeper Clowes Arthur Tallent solctr. commr. in the High ct. & for ackngts. by married women, clerk to the Justices for the divsn. of Guiltcross & Shropham, to the Guardians of the Guiltcross union, to the rural sanitary authority, school attendance committee, and to the New Buckenham School Board, supt. registrar, agt. to the Norwich Union Fire, & Norwich Union Life Assurance Societies, & the Norwich & London Accidental Assce Soc., Market pl Davey Mr William Davy Dl. cooper, basketmkr. & grocer Davy Thomas tailor Dennis Charles farmer Durrell Mr Joseph Edwards John B. farmer, Grange farm Filby George carrier Gall John, Esq. J.P. The Grange Holl Arthur, M.R.C.V.S. vet. surgeon Holl George Taylor board schlmstr Holl Lanham baker, miller, corn and coal merchant Holl Mrs Maria How William farmer, The Rookery Howard Horace Fulcher, surgeon, dist. medical officer to the M.R.C.S. & L.S.A. Guiltcross & Depwade unions Humphrey William carpenter Kemp Miss Martha Lambert James fowl dealer Lansdell George pork butcher Laurence Benjamin butcher, farmer and cattle dealer Le Good Edwin postmaster, stationer & fancy repository, assistant overseer, agent to the Scottish Union & National and Railway Passenger Assurance Offices, Market place Levett Chas. coal dealer & vict. White Horse, and carrier to Diss, Friday Lighton Mr. William Lighton Edward tailor Maggs Walter collar & harness mkr McIntyre Mrs. Fras. Elizabeth McIntyre Miss Mary A. ladies' seminary Morley Chas. baker and confectioner Mornement wine & spirit & ale & porter merts. & Drane The Stores, Market pl. Robt. Simpson, manager Nicholls W.M. outfitter and grocer; h Attleborough Palmer Edward (E. & W.) inspector of weights and measures Palmer Edwd. & Wm. grcrs. & drprs Palmer Miss Rebecca Perfitt Ephraim Joseph watchmkr. & fancy repository; h Wymondham Pitchers John dealer and victualler, King's Head Ribbons James greengrocer, fruiterer, fish and coal dealer Ribbons James, jun. glass and china dealer and hawker Roberts William Arthur surgeon, Apothecaries' Hall, and Ormsby, L.R.C.S. Kenninghall & L.S.A. Robins Jas. shopkeeper & hairdresser Self George farmer Simpson Robt. mgr. wine &c. stores Smith Walter harness maker Smith William builder Stebbings Thomas plumber, painter and parish clerk Turner James shoemaker Turner Miss Mary Elizabeth Vertigen Isaac law clerk, registrar of births and deaths and vaccination officer for Banham sub-district, clerk to Fersfield School Board, assessor and collector of taxes; h Rose cottage Wallis Johnson ironmonger, agent to the Lpool. London & Globe Insce. Co Wells the Misses Frances & Rebecca Wilson Mr Daniel Woods Rev. John, B.A. The Vicarage Woods William vict. George Hotel
CARRIERS - Filby Geo. to Banham, Kenninghall, and Old Buckenham, Mon. and Thurs. to Norwich, Wed. and Sat.; Levett Chas. to Diss, Fri.
In the first paragraph "for 'Norwich,' [archdeaconry] read 'Norfolk.'"
See also the New Buckenham parish page.
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