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Norfolk: Erpingham

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

[Transcription copyright © Richard Johns]

ERPINGHAM, a village and parish on a rivulet, 4 miles N. of Aylsham, gives name to this and an adjoining Hundred, and contains 475 souls, and 1361 acres of fertile land, partly in the Earl of Orford's manor of Calthorpe, and the rest forming the Dowager Lady Suffield's manor of Erpingham, which was anciently held by a family of its own name, one of whom was the chivalrous knight, Sir Thomas Erpingham, who accompanied John, Duke of Lancaster, to Spain, in 1399, and was in all the wars of Henry IV. and V. He was a great benefactor to Norwich, where he built the cathedral gate which bears his name. The copyholders are subject to fines certain. J. Shepheard, and the Rev. George Fish, have neat houses and large estates here.

The CHURCH (St. Mary,) is a large fabric, with four bells and a lofty tower, adorned with shields and other ornaments, and formerly having four statues of confessors for pinnacles; but one of them fell down more than a century ago, and killed one of the parishioners. The building was begun by Sir Thomas Erpingham, and finished by Lord Bardolph and his lady. It has recently been new roofed, at the expense of the parish, and handsomely refitted with pews, and open seats, at the cost of the Dowager Lady Suffield, the patroness. Sir John Erpingham, father of Sir Thomas, was buried here, and his effigy, dated 1370, still remains on the stone.

The rectory, valued in the King's Book at £9. 18s. 9d,, is consolidated with that of Blickling. The tithes of Erpingham were commuted in 1839, for £474. 16s. 1d. per annum.

	Allen       Rev Stephen,     rector of Wolterton
	              M.A.             and Wickmere
	Bacon       Robert           tailor
	Bane        James            corn miller
	Brown       John             brewer, maltster and
	                               vict., Spread Eagle
	Brown       Hannah           grocer, &c.
	Brown       Mrs Hanh.
	Chapman     John             butcher
	Christolph  Christopher      schoolmaster
	Cook        Thomas           corn miller
	Cooper      Jonathan         shoemaker
	Duffield    Mtha.
	Fish        Rev Geo.         rector of Ingworth
	Frostick    Charles          shoemaker
	Harmer      Thomas           baker
	Holland     George           vict. King's Head
	Johnson     John             millwright
	Marsh       Rev Wm. Heath,   rector of Lammas,
	              jun. M.A.        and vicar of Calthorpe
	Mileham     Mrs Mary Ann
	Morgan      Edward           police constable
	Shepheard   John, Esq
	Stewart     Rev Jno.         rector of Thwaite
	Watts       Mr John
	Watts       Joseph           joiner & wheelwright
	Watts       Wm.              grocer & draper
	Wild        Mr John

	    FARMERS.

	Aggs        Robert
	Balls       Edmund           (butcher)
	Blyth       Wm.
	Cranefield  Jas.
	Gay         Samuel
	Gunn        Daniel
	Hook        Wm.
	Smith       John
	Spurrell    -

See also the Erpingham parish page.

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