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Norfolk: Ditchingham

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

[Transcription copyright © Mike Bristow]

DITCHINGHAM, a large scattered village, extending southward to the river Waveney, opposite Bungay, 13 miles S.S.E. of Norwich, has in its parish 1,124 souls, 2,055A. of land, and a large Silk-Mill, erected about 12 years ago, and belonging to Messrs. Grout & Co., of Norwich, who employ here about 500 hands. The large heath, in this and Broome parish, was enclosed in 1812.

The manors are -- Ditchingham and Pirnhow, and the fines are arbitrary. The Duke of Norfolk is lord of the former, and John L. Bedingfeld, Esq., is lord of the latter, and owner of Ditchingham Hall, a handsome mansion, built in 1727, with picturesque grounds, near a rivulet, which is expanded into a fine broad or lake, that has been visited during the last 14 years, by a pair of Barnacle Geese.

The Lodge and Holly Hill, are two pleasant seats. The latter belongs to C. F. Costerton, Esq., and the former is the seat of J. J. Bedingfeld, Esq. Tindall Hall, now a farmhouse, belongs to Sir W. F. Fowle Middleton, Bart. Close to the Waveney is a remarkable cold Bath, built by the late William Windham, Esq.

The CHURCH (St. Mary,) stands on an eminence, 1½ mile N. of Bungay, and has a lofty tower. The Rectory, valued in K.B. at £12, has a good residence, 20A. of glebe, and a yearly rent of £560, awarded in 1839, in lieu of tithes. The Rev. Wm. Edw. Scudamore, M.A., is incumbent, and the Earl of Suffolk, and other Trustees of the late Lord H. Howard, are patrons, but must present it to any fellow, except a "plat-fellow," of St. John's College, Cambridge.

Here is a National and also an Infant School.

The poor have five tenements, and 3A. 1R. 32P. of land, (let for £7 10s.) left by John Gowing and John Towers, in 1668; and a yearly rent-charge of £2, left by Robert Davy, in 1725, out of a meadow belonging to J. J. Bedingfeld, Esq. The Town Lands, 61A. 1R. 25P., are let for about £100 a year, which is applied with the church and poor rates, and partly in distributions of coal.

Bedingfeld    John James, Esq.   Lodge
Bedingfeld    J. L., Esq.        Hall
Botwright     Mr. Jas.
Burcham       George             cabinet maker
Cammell       Mrs.               gentlewoman
Chapman       George             hay dealer
Collins       James              travelling draper
Crick         William            manager of Silk-Mill
Cuddon        William            maltster
Dowsing       Mrs.               Holly Hill Lodge
Dutt          William            coach builder
Folkard       James              blacksmith
Foreman       Henry              National schoolmr.
Foreman       Robert             cooper
Forster       Major Peter        Cottage
Godbold       William            vict., Falcon Inn
Goodwin       Mrs.
Goodwin       Samuel             wheelwright
Green         Margaret           schoolmistress
Grice         B.                 gent.
Grout and Co.                    silk, &c., manufacturers,
                                  (and Norwich)
Hayden        Mrs.
Kerridge      Wm.                dyer
King          Michael            wheelwright
Mann          William            gent.
Margitson     James Taylor       solictor, Ditchingham House,
                                  (office Bungay)
Moore         James              merchant & maltster
Morris        Isaac              joiner, &c.
Pulford       Charles            cabinet maker, &c.
Scudamore     Rev. William       Rector
               Edward, M.A.
Skinner       James              butcher
Smith         Joseph             bricklayer
Smith         Robert             corn miller
Smith         Thomas             gardener
Tibnam        James              parish clerk
Utting        Thomas             gentleman
West          John               vict., Duke of York

  Beer Houses.
Baker         Robert
Sadd          Samuel
Underwood     John

Brock         Jeremiah
Browne        George
Drane         George
Draper        John
Hembling      John
Larkman       William
Minns         James
Minns         John
Moore         James
Skinner       James
Skinner       Samuel
Stanford      William

  Grocers, &c.
Gurney        William
Knights       Daniel Thomas
Skinner       John

Brereton      John
Palmer        George
Tibnam        Samuel

Coaches and Carriers from Bungay to Norwich, &c., daily

See also the Ditchingham parish page.

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April 2006