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Norfolk: Edgefield

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

[Transcription copyright © Pat Newby]

EDGEFIELD, nearly 3 miles S. of Holt, is a large scattered parish in Erpingham union, Holt county court district, Norwich bankruptcy district, Holt petty sessional division, Holt polling district of North Norfolk, Holt hundred, Holt rural deanery, and Norwich archdeaconry. It had 476 inhabitants in 1881, living on 2435 acres, and has a rateable value of £3112 11s. 3d., and a gross estimated rental of £3570 2s. 9d.

The parish contains 350A. of heath and plantations, and lies mostly in the manors of Edgefield-with-Ellingham and Edgefield Bacons. Lieutenant-Colonel Marcon is lord of the former, and George Edward Frere, Esq., of the latter. The Dowager Marchioness of Lothian, Mrs. Ballachey, and Messrs. - Purdie, Samuel Bird, William Temple, the Misses Livick, and Mrs. Perry have estates in the parish.

The CHURCH (St. Peter and St. Paul) comprises nave, aisles, north and south porches, and octagonal tower with one bell.The rood stairs and part of the screen still remain, but the paintings which once adorned the latter are much defaced. There is a piscina in the chancel, and another in the south aisle.

The old nave and chancel are being removed to the centre of the parish on land given by the Marchioness of Lothian, and will have eastern vestries and a tower at the north-east end of the chancel. J.D. Sedding, Esq., is the architect. The chancel will be entirely new. As much as possible of the old church will be re-used, except the old tower and south porch, which remain in situ. A new burial-ground is attached to the new church.

The rectory, valued in the King's Book at £11 6s. 8d., is in the patronage of Lieutenant-Colonel Marcon, and incumbency of the Rev. Walter Hubert Marcon, M.A., who has a plain brick residence, a yearly tithe rent-charge of £574, and 16A. 3R. 25P. of glebe.

A School Board was established here in 1877, and consists of the Rev. W.H. Marcon, M.A. (chairman and hon. clerk), T.W. Cronshay (vice-chairman), Corbett Cooke, Robert Taylor, and John G. Stratton. The school was enlarged in 1878 at a cost of £300, and is attended by 96 children.

Here is a Primitive Methodist Chapel.

In 1738, Simon Woodrow charged his land here with the payment of 40s. to five poor widows, and 10s. to the church. The rent of 50A., allotted to the poor at the enclosure in 1815, is distributed in coals to the poor.

POST OFFICE at Mr. R.W.H. Hipper's, the Green. Letters, viâ East Dereham, arrive at 8.15 a.m., and depart at 4 p.m. Melton Constable is the nearest Money Order and Telegraph Office. There is a wall letter-box in the street, cleared at 3.40 p.m.

	Bacon     William            farmer
	Ballachey Mrs Louisa Margt.  the Mount
	Bosom     Dennis             farmer
	Cooke     Corbett John       farmer
	Cronshey  Mr Thos. Wm.       Wood farm
	Flegg     North              farmer and victualler,
	                               White Horse Inn
	Gibbons   -                  fmr. & vict. Frere's Arms Inn
	Hipper    Robert William     baker, grocer, draper,
	            Henry              and postmaster
	Ives      Robert             carpenter & wheelwright
	Livick    Winn               farmer
	Marcon    Rev. Walter
	            Hubert, M.A.     rector, The Rectory
	Money     Thomas             blacksmith
	Pogg      Josiah             market gardener
	Potter    Thomas             farmer
	Roberts   John               farmer
	Sands     G. Edward          farmer
	Shreeve   Thomas             farmer
	Stratton  Augsts. Wm.        frmr. & surveyor
	Stratton  John George        farmer and guardian
	Temple    James              farmer and owner
	Temple    William            farmer and owner
	Wood      Oliver             board school master
	Woods     Mr Starling
	Wright    James              farmer

See also the Edgefield parish page.

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January 2009