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 FARMERS. 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
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