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Norfolk: Earsham

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

[Transcription copyright © Pat Newby]

EARSHAM, which gives name to this hundred, is a considerable village, in the vale of the Waveney, 1 mile W. of Bungay, and has in its parish 731 souls, and 3052A. of land, but only 2718 acres are assessable. The Duke of Norfolk is lord of the manor of Earsham (fines arbitrary,) and owner of the Park farm (600A.) Sir Wm. Windham Dalling, Bart., is lord of the manor of Dobels-in-Earsham, and owns a large estate here; and Earsham House, a large mansion, in a pleasant park, built in 1700, by John Buxton, Esq., of whom it was purchased by Colonel Windham.

The Church (All Saints,) has a square tower, containing three bells, and crowned by a short spire. The south windows were decorated with stained glass by the late Joseph Windham, Esq., an eminent antiquary, who died in 1810.

The rectory, valued in the King's Book at £15, is in the gift of Sir W.W. Dalling, and incumbency of the Rev. W.G. Cautley, M.A. The glebe is 35A. 1R. 25P., and the tithes were commuted, in 1839, for £486 per ann.

The Town Estate, which has been vested, from an early period, for the benefit of the church and poor, was partly exchanged, at the enclosure in 1816, and now consists of 13A. 3R. 24P., let for £23, which is applied with the church-rates; and 8A. 2R. 11P., let for £11. 5s. a year, which is distributed among the poor on Plough Monday, together with a yearly rent-charge of £21, left by Wm. Windham, Esq., in 1787; and another of £4, left by Thos. Bransby, in 1730. The Fuel Allotment, 5A., awarded at the enclosure, is let for £11, which is distributed in coals.

	Capon      Edward            vict. Duke's Head
	Cautley    Rev Wm. G., M.A.  rector
	Dalling    Capt. John W.
	             Windham, R.N.   Earsham House
	Godfrey    George            cooper and shopr
	Goodwin    Samuel            wheelwright
	Grigg      Thomas            draper
	Harvey     James             vict. Buck
	Hogge      Wm.               brewer
	Holsworth  Robert            bricklayer
	Hunt       John              shopkeeper
	Martin     Robert            tailor
	Narburgh   Richard           corn miller
	Pulford    George            corn miller
	Richmond   James             joiner
	Scarnell   John              schoolmaster
	Smith      Mr Robert, senior
	Spink      Margaret          beerhouse & shopr.
	Wade       James             gardener
	Weston     Mrs Mary
	Wright     Mrs

	   Blacksmiths.                 Shoemakers.

	Garland    P.                Banham    Robert
	Leggett    Robert            Chaston   Daniel
	                             Revell    Jonas


	Aldborough Hy.               Hammond    Wm.
	Banham     Robert            Jordan     John
	Barnard    Henry             Legood     Robert
	Burgess    Richard           Minns      Charles
	Calver     Wm.               Muskett    Samuel
	Chambers   Edw.              Rackham    John
	Cleveland  James             Rembland   Daniel
	Clutton    George            Smith      Robt. jun
	Coates     Mary              Spence     Wm.
	Crowe      Henry             Wallman    John
	Drake      Rivers,           Watts      Robert
	             Park farm       Wright     Robert

See also the Earsham parish page.

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December 2005