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Norfolk: Great Dunham

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

[Transcription copyright © Susan Well]

DUNHAM, (GREAT) 6 miles N.E. of Swaffham, and 2 miles S. by W. of Litcham, is a scattered village and parish, containing 520 souls, and about 2000A. of land, belonging to F.W. Keppel, Esq., Capt. Davy, the Rev. J. Humfrey, Major Loftus, and several smaller proprietors; and partly in the manors of East and West Lexham.

The CHURCH (St. Andrew,) is an interesting Anglo-Saxon structure, with a tower between the nave and chancel. The interior has lately been cleansed and repaired under the direction of the present curate, and contains a curious font and piscina. Fragments of a Roman altar, and the foundations of another church, which was dedicated to St. Mary, have recently been discovered in the garden attached to the Rectory House.

The rectory, valued in the King's Book at £12.1s.10½d., was anciently in two medieties, and is in the patronage and incumbency of the Rev. John Humfrey, M.A., of Wroxham Hall, who has a manor here, and has lately erected a commodious National School near the church. The glebe is 44A. 16P., and the tithes were commuted in 1840 for £562 per annum.

Here are three small chapels, belonging to the Baptists, and the Wesleyan and Primitive Methodists.

The Poor's Allotment, awarded in 1797, is 34A. 3R. 22P., let for £48. The poor have also an annuiiy [sic] of £5, left by Dalton Chamberlayne, in 1806; and £1.12s. a year from Allee's Charity. (See East Dereham.)

	Brock        S.J.W. and R.     bricklayers
	Burton       Chrms.            wheelwgt. & blksmith
	Chamberlayne George            blacksmith
	Clack        James             saddler
	Eldred       James Nathl.      schoolmaster
	Flood        John and Thomas   carpenters
	Forby        James             shopkeeper
	Horney       Richard           beer seller
	Jackson      Rev. Robert, B.A. curate
	Lander       Thomas            vict. Flower Pot
	Lawson       Wm.               shopkeeper
	Long         Christiana        corn miller


	Bear         Jonathan
	Carrington   Jas.
	Chamberlayne Walpole           (ownr)
	Claxton      Lydia
	Flood        Henry
	Horney       John
	Hubbard      James
	Palmer       Jesse
	Pond         Benjamin
	Rix          Benjamin
	Rix          Thomas
	Rolfe        Rt.               (owner)
	Tuck         Henry

See also the Great Dunham parish page.

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September 1999