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Norfolk: Eccles

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

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ECCLES parish, 2½ miles N.E. of East Harling, and half a mile S. of Eccles Road Station, lies on the north side of the river Thet, and is in Guiltcross union, Attleborough county court district, Norwich bankruptcy district, Guiltcross and Shropham petty sessional division, East Harling polling district of South Norfolk, Shropham hundred, Rockland rural deanery, and Norfolk archdeaconry. It had 208 inhabitants in 1881, living on 1685 acres, and has a rateable value of £3030 15s. The soil mostly belongs to the Earl of Albemarle and Sir Thomas Beevor, Bart. The Hall, an ancient mansion in a well-wooded park, is rented as a shooting box by Colonel William Nassau Lees, 115 Piccadilly, London, who only resides here occasionally.

Here is a station on the Great Eastern Railway.

The CHURCH (St. Mary) comprises nave, north porch, chancel, and round tower with three bells. It still contains the sedilia, a fine double piscina, two aumbries, and part of a stoup. A stained glass window with three lights, representing the Ascension, was recently erected by subscription, in memoriam of the late rector, the Rev. Richard Lubbock, M.A., by Messrs Moore, 89 Southampton row, Russell square, London. The rectory, valued in the King's Book at £14, is in the patronage of the Rev. Richard Surtees, and incumbency of the Rev. William Edward Deane, M.A., who resides at the Manor House, Old Buckenham. There are 26 acres of glebe, and a yearly tithe rent charge of £255.

The National School, with residence for mistress, endowed with land which produces about £20 per annum, was built by Sir Thomas B. Beevor, Bart., in 1856, for the parishes of Eccles, Hargham, and Wilby. It is attended by about 44 children, and supported chiefly by subscription.

The former Bishops of the diocese had a seat here till the time of Henry VIII. A common was enclosed in 1812, and most of the waste lands were planted about 45 years ago.

POST OFFICE at Mr. Hy. Geo. Rix's. Letters at 7.30 a.m. and despatched at 7.5 p.m., viâ Attleborough. East Harling is the nearest Money Order and Telegraph Office.

	Bryant    R. & Son            corn, coal, & cake merchants, Eccles
	                                Bridge, and at Kenninghall, and 105
	                                Stand, New Corn Exchange, Mark Lane
	Crisp     Frederick           farmer, Hall farm
	Deane     Rev. Wm. Edwd. M.A. rector; h Manor House, Old Buckenham
	Drane     Robert              merchant (Mornement and D.);
	                                h Eccles Station
	Lubbock   Mrs.
	Lubbock   Richd. Girdlestone,
	            M.R.C.S. and
	            L.S.A. England    surgeon
	Mornement                     corn, seed, coal, wine, spirit, ale,
	  & Drane                       and porter mchts. Eccles Station,
	                                and at The Stores, New Buckenham
	Mornement Edwd.               farmer & merchant (M. & Drane);
	                                h Roudham Hall
	Mowle     Henry               clerk
	Nottidge  Ralph Clarke        farmer, Overa farm
	Oxer      Thomas              parish clerk
	Page      Mrs. Emily          schoolmistress
	Rix       Hy. Geo.            shopkeeper & post office, estate
	                                carpenter to Sir Thomas Beevor, Bart.
	Woods     John Geo.           clerk, Eccles bridge

RAILWAY STATION: Hy. Wm. Jackson, station master


See also the Eccles parish page.

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September 2009