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Norfolk: Great Dunham

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

[Transcription copyright © Pat Newby]

DUNHAM (GREAT), 6 miles N.E. of Swaffham, and 2 miles S. by W. of Litcham, is a scattered village and parish, in Mitford union, Swaffham county court district, Launditch petty sessional division, Lynn bankruptcy district, Swaffham polling district of West Norfolk, Launditch hundred, Brisley rural deanery, and Norwich archdeaconry. It had 394 inhabitants in 1881, living in 1968 acres of land, and had a rateable value of £3573. The soil belongs chiefly to R. Blake-Humfrey, Esq., lord of the manor; but J.W. Davy, Esq., the Rev. W.A.W. Keppel, and some smaller owners, have estates here. The manors of East and West Lexham extend into this parish.

Here were formerly two churches, dedicated to St. Mary and to St. Andrew, and their advowsons, which had belonged to Castleacre Priory, were granted at the Dissolution to the Duke of Norfolk. One of them appears to have been taken down about this time, and its foundations are yet discoverable in the rectory garden, where fragments of the ancient altar stone, and several capitals, mullions, &c., were found some years ago.

The present CHURCH (St. Andrew), exhibits many features of great interest. It consists of a nave and chancel with a square tower between them, and a porch on the south side. The chancel is Perpendicular, but the nave and tower are of Saxon workmanship. The tower has long-and-short work at the angles, small round-headed windows, splayed inside and out, and belfry windows with a central shaft supporting a long stone but having Norman caps and bases. At the west end is a singular triangular canopy over a square-headed doorway, consisting of a fillet with the edges cut into a kind of square billet ornament, and shafts ornamented in a similiar manner, having square imposts or caps. The south doorway is Early English, but the porch over it is plain Perpendicular.

The rectory, valued in the King's Book at £12 1s. 10½d., was anciently in two medieties, and is in the patronage of Robert Blake-Humfrey, Esq., and incumbency of the Rev. John Blake-Humfrey, B.A., who has 44A. 16P. of glebe, a yearly tithe rent-charge of £562, awarded in 1840, and a neat residence, improved, and for the most part rebuilt, in 1875 by the patron.

The Primitive Methodists have a chapel in the parish. The School Board consists of the Rev. John Blake-Humfrey (chairman), and Messrs. S.P. Wharton (vice-chairman), R.J. Chamberlayne, and Jas. Betts. Mr. R. Curtis, is clerk. The Poor's Allotment Lands contain 33A. 2P., and are let for the yearly sum of £55. The poor have also an annuity of £5, left by Dalton Chamberlayne in 1806; and £1 12s. a year from Allee's Charity. All the poor's charities are distributed in coals.

POST OFFICE at Mr. Jonathan Dunger's. Letters arrive at 5.30 a.m., and are despatched at 6.55 p.m., on Sundays at 1.40 p.m., by mail cart viâ Swaffham. Litcham is the nearest Money Order and Telegraph Office.

	Bear          John            vict. Flower Pot
	Betts         Jas. Porritt    frmr. Castle Acre rd
	Blake-Humfrey Rev. John, B.A. rector, The Rectory
	Chamberlain   Henry           blacksmith
	Chamberlayne  Robert John     farmer
	Clitheroe     -               farmer
	Cony          William         parish clerk
	Daniel        Miss E.A.       Board schoolmstrss
	Downs         Robert          farmer
	Dunger        Jonathan        shpkpr. & post office
	Fleet         -               steward to S.H. Wharton
	Gamble        John            carpenter
	Girling       George          miller
	Johnson       James           farmer
	Larwood       John            farmer
	Mann          Robert          farmer
	Porritt       Walter          builder
	Rallison      William         vict. Horse Shoes
	Ram           -               wheelwright
	Rawling       James           shopkeeper
	Rawling       Walter          shoemaker
	Regester      James           baker
	Rix           William         farmer and landowner; h The Rookery
	Savage        William         blacksmith
	Scase         Henry           farmer
	Tuck          John            farmer
	Wharton       Samuel Porter   farmer
	Whales        William         carpenter
	Whisker       Montague        rat and mole catcher and thatcher

See also the Great Dunham parish page.

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February 2009