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Norfolk: Geldeston

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

GELDESTON, on an acclivity above the Waveney, 2½ miles W.N.W. of Beccles, and 6 miles S.S.E. of Loddon, has its parish in Loddon union, Beccles county court district, Yarmouth bankruptcy district, Clavering petty sessional division, Toft Monks polling district of South Norfolk, Clavering hundred, East Brooke rural deanery, and Norfolk archdeaconry. It had 292 inhabitants in 1881, living on 823 acres, and has a rateable value of £2041, and a gross rental of £2578 13s. 7d.

The parish is mostly the property of Captain Walter Fitzgerald Kerrich, who resides at Jock's lodge in this parish. The Hall is a modern white brick mansion, in a pleasant and well-wooded park. Geldeston is included in the manor of Stockton-with-the-Soke, of which Captain Walter F. Kerrich is lord. It was granted by King Stephen to Hugh Bigot, on being created Earl of Norfolk, and a piece of land opposite the Hall is still known as 'Bigot's Hill.' Here are several malthouses, a staithe with a navigable cut to the Waveney, and a station on the Waveney Valley Railway.

The Romans had a station here, on an elevation called Dunbury hill, which commanded the bend of the river; and some years ago a beautiful Roman glass vase, part of a child's bulla, and some earthen vessels were dug up on this spot. In digging the foundations of the Hall, in 1802, two bands or fillets of pure gold were found, and although broken, all the parts of one and the greater part of the other have been preserved. The length of one band is nearly twelve inches and the breadth one and a quarter; the other was probably of the same dimensions when perfect. They are bent at either extremity, so as to overlap and form a sort of clasp; and a waving cable-like ornament is observable upon both, though slightly different in detail. These remarkable and precious ornaments were probably used as torques and worn round the neck, or perhaps as fillets for the head, and appear to be of the Celtic period. They are still in the possession of Captain Walter F. Kerrich, as are likewise a Roman diota dug up here, a magnificent pair of red-deer antlers found at Haddiscoe, and a small horn dredged from the river. During the restoration of the chancel a Romano-British sacrificial vessel, now in the British Museum, was found under the foundation.

The CHURCH (St. Michael) is a slated fabric of Perpendicular architecture, and comprises nave, chancel, south porch, and round embattled tower with one bell. It was restored in 1865 at a cost of £1200 by subscription. The living is a discharged rectory, valued in the King's Book at £6, in the patronage of the Lord Chancellor, and incumbency of the Rev. Daniel Gillett, M.A., who has 36 acres of glebe, a yearly rent charge of £170 6s., awarded in 1837 in lieu of of tithes, and a small rectory house, built in 1832.

The poor's allotment, 7A. 20P., was awarded at the enclosure, and the rent, amounting to £12 a year, is distributed in coals.

The SCHOOL, conducted on the British system, was built by the late H.G. Dowson, Esq., in 1825, and is still chiefly supported by his family, and is attended by about 68 children.

POST OFFICE at Mr. Stephen Thompson's. Letters, viâ Beccles, arrive at 8.55 a.m., and depart at 5.30 p.m. This is also a Money Order Office and Savings Bank.

	Algar     John              shoemaker
	Anguish   William           shopkeeper
	Banham    John              farmer & seed merchant,
	                              Dunburgh cottage
	Bellwood  John              market gardener
	Bird      George            stationmaster
	Boggis    Joseph, jun.      farmer and overseer, Fir Tree farm
	Brundall  John Thompson     farmer, Manor house
	Chaplin   Charles           carpenter, parish clerk and sexton
	Clarke    Philip            farmer and surveyor, Cradock farm
	Crisp     Jno. & Son        maltsters, & Beccles
	Darby     Mrs Elizabeth     beerhouse
	Dashwood  Robert, J.P.      (for Suffolk) Dunburgh house
	Dowson    Edward Theodore   maltster & coal merchant, Green bank
	Dowson    Mr Septimus       Sunnyside
	Gillett   Rev. Daniel, M.A. rector, The Rectory
	Head      Robert            shoemaker
	Hobbles   John              farmer
	Hobbles   Robt.             frmr. Kells Heath frm
	Kerrich   Captain Walter
	            Fitzgerald      Jock's lodge
	Morris    Frederick         farmer, Hall farm
	Mower     Joseph            farmer
	Piper     Miss Annie Eliz.  schoolmistress
	Read      Charles           farmer
	Thompson  Stephen           grocer, draper, assistant overseer,
	                              assessor and collector of taxes,
	                              and postmaster
	Thornhill Mrs Charlotte     Geldeston ldg
	Webb      Joseph            vict. Wherry Inn

RAILWAY (G.E.R., Waveney Valley) - Trains to Ispwich and Norwich for all parts several times a day; Geo. Bird, stationmaster


"The rector (Rev. D. Gillett) died on June 23, 1883."

See also the Geldeston parish page.

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