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Norfolk: Freethorpe

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

[Transcription copyright © Pat Newby]

FREETHORPE, 8 miles W. by S. of Yarmouth, and 12 miles E.S.E. of Norwich, has its parish in Blofield union, petty sessional division and hundred, Yarmouth county court district and bankruptcy district, Freethorpe polling district of South Norfolk, Blofield rural deanery, and Norwich archdeaconry. It had 400 inhabitants in 1881, living on 903 acres of land. The rateable value is £2222 10s. R.H.V. Walpole, Esq., is lord of the manor and owner of most of the soil, and the remainder belongs to Mrs. T.W. Gilbert, Bradistone hall.

The CHURCH (All Saints) is an ancient building of Early English architecture, and consists of nave with aisles, chancel, and round tower with one bell. The windows are all of the simple lancet shape; and the chancel contains a piscina and several tablets of the Walpole family. The building was handsomely restored, at the expense of the lord of the manor, in 1850, when it was re-roofed and refitted with open benches and a new pulpit. A handsome stained glass window of two lights was also inserted in the east end, and the churchyard was enlarged.

The vicarage, valued in the King's Book at £12, is consolidated with the rectory of Reedham. (See Reedham.) It has 9A. 2R. 30P. of glebe, and was augmented with £400 of Queen Anne's Bounty in 1760 and 1784. The two landowners are impropriators of the rectorial tithes.

The School was built by subscription in 1847, at a cost of £200, and is attended by above 70 children. The Primitive Methodists have a chapel here, built in 1865. Here are almshouses erected by Richard Henry V. Walpole, Esq., and Mrs H.V. Walpole, in 1871, for the use of six poor widows of the parish of Freethorpe.

POST OFFICE at Mr. J.C. Hayes'. Letters delivered at 9 a.m., and despatched at 3 p.m. viâ Acle. The nearest Money Order and Telegraph Office is at Reedham.

	Bailey    William        fish curer
	Chapman   Jeremiah       beerhouse, Brickmakers' Arms
	Cory      Christopher    harness maker
	Cory      James          harness maker
	Craven    Miss Anna      schoolmistress
	England   Ernest         landowner, Bramerton, and
                                 Mitfield, Suffolk
	England   Geo.           frmr. & landownr. at Acle
	Forder    Robert         farm bailiff
	Fowler    James          shoemaker
	George    Daniel         carpenter
	Gilbert   Chas.          frmr.; h Bradistone hall
	Hayes     John Clement   grocer, coal and corn dealer, &c,
	                         and carrier
	Hindes    Christmas      engineer and agricultural implement
	                         maker, and thrashing machine proprietor
	Jones     Henry          bricklayer
	Pibell    Wm. Henry      auctioneer and fish salesman; &
	                         Billingsgate, London, Lowestoft, and
	                         Great Yarmouth
	Roseberry Thomas         carpenter
	Rust      John           constable
	Tills     David          blacksmith & shopkeeper
	Wales     Isaac J.       brick mfr.; h Reedham
	Wilkins   Wm.            vict. Rampant Horse
	Wright    Adam Collins   shoemaker
	Youngs    Henry          basket mkr. & shopkpr
	Youngs    John           shopkeeper
	Youngs    Robert         farmer and carter
	Youngs    William        wheelright, carpenter and blacksmith, &c
CARRIER - John C. Hayes, Freethorpe to Norwich and back, Wed. & Sat.

See also the Freethorpe parish page.

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December 1998