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Norfolk: Carleton Rode

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

[Transcription copyright © Ann Duncan]

CARLTON-RODE, a large scattered village, 2 miles E.N.E. of New Buckenham, has in its parish 938 souls, and 2573 acres of land, the greater part of which belongs to Sir Robert J. Buxton, Bart., (now a minor,) but part of the parish is in Forncett and Tibbenham manors.

In the winter of 1844, a very interesting collection of British instruments or tools was discovered here in digging a ditch across a pasture field, on the farm occupied by the Rev. T. P. Slapp, of Old Buckenham, in whose possession they have been placed. They consist of four celts, one of them ornamented with embossed lines, two lower portions of two other celts, three chisels, one evidently worn and gapped by use, four gouges, and two punches, one of them battered apparently by rivetting.

They are all in excellent preservation, and shew the probable uses to which they were applied, that is, mechanical or domestic purposes; and they go far in determining the long agitated question, whether these celts were domestic or warlike instruments. These, with the chisels and gouges, are of different sizes, just as you might expect to find, at the present day, a small series of tools on a carpenter's bench, varying in their dimensions.

They are formed of very hard brass, and eight or nine small lumps of the same metal, in its crude state, were found with them. The chisels and gouges do not seem to differ much in their form from the same kind of tools used at the present day. In all probability, they have been buried in the earth 2000 years; and they prove that the primaeval inhabitants of this island, whom, on the authority of its Roman invaders, we are accustomed to hear spoken of as savages clothed in skins of beasts, and prowling about with painted bodies, were not so ignorant of mechanical arts, as we are sometimes disposed to imagine.

The Church (All Saints,) was repaired in 1717, and has a good organ, lately given by Mrs. Bevan. The living is a discharged rectory, valued in the King's Book at £16, and now having a yearly rent of £922. 12s. 6d.. awarded in 1839 in lieu of tithes. Sir R.J. Buxton, Bart., is patron, and the Rev. F.S. Bevan incumbent.

Here is a Baptist chapel.

The Town Lands, &c., consist of two cottages and 3 roods, occupied by the poor; 15A. let for £24, which is carried to the poor rates; and 15A. 1R. 20P. let for £22, applied with the church rates. Part was given by Robert Verdon and other donors, and the rest was set out at the enclosure, in 1799, when a Fuel Allotment of 40A. was awarded to the poor. The latter is let for £35, which is distributed in coals, together with the rent of 2A. purchased with the bequest of a Mr. Howes.

The rector supports a National School for 50 children.

	 Austin      John               blacksmith
	 Austin      Samuel             beerhouse
	 Bateman     James              wheelwright
	 Bevan       Rev. F. S.         Rectory
	 Blake       Edward             blacksmith
	 Briggs      Mr. Rd.            [see note below]
	 Everett     Isaac              beerhouse
	 Lanham      Thos.              plumber, painter, &c
	 Lansdell    Wm.                vict. Adam and Eve
	 Littleproud John and Elizabeth National School
	 Morley      Dvd.               wheelgt. & auctioneer
	 Ringer      James              corn miller
	 Rudd        Mrs. Ann           [see note below]
	 Scott       Uriah              joiner and par. clerk
	 Smith       Robert             corn miller
NOTE: In the original these entries are written:-
    Briggs Mr. Rd. || Rudd Mrs. Ann

	    FARMERS (* are owners.)

	*Barnard     Robert
	*Bateman     Elijah
	 Baxter      James
	*Browne      John, Zach. & Wm.
	 Burcham     James
	 Chatten     Robert
	 Cheney      Edmund	
	 Davey       Edward
	 Hardy       Robert
	*Hardiment   A.
	*Hipperson   John
	 Holl        Lewis
	 Howlett     Mary
	 Mason       John
	 Mayor       Jonathan
	*Musk        Samuel
	 Oakley      John
	*Page        Wm.
	 Phillippo   Wm.
	 Rush        Edmund
	 Self        Edw. & Mtw.
	*Spink       Wm.
	 Stimpson    John
	 Woodrow     John


	 Austin      Samuel
	 Bateman     Benj.
	 Bolton      Francis
	 Matthews    Wm.

	    Shopkeepers. (* are Bakers.)

	*Foster      Wm.
	*Howes       Thomas
	*Glover      George
	 Self        James

Celt - a bronze, stone or iron prehistoric implement, used as an axe.
See also the Carleton Rode parish page.

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March 2001