HALES is a village, skirting a green of 66 acres, from 2 to 3 miles S.S.E. of Loddon, and its parish is in Loddon and Clavering union and petty sessional division, Beccles county court district, Yarmouth bankruptcy district, Clavering hundred, Loddon polling district of South Norfolk, East Brooke rural deanery, and Norfolk archdeaconry. It had 243 inhabitants in 1881, living on 965 acres, and having a rateable value of about £1737.
The parish lies in the manors of Hales Hall and Loddon Hall, of which Geo. Danby Palmer, Esq., is lord; but a great part of the soil belongs to Sir Edmund Bacon, Bart., J.D. Palmer, Esq., Mr. Robert F. Fuller, Mr. E. Easter, Brandford's executors, and others. It was anciently a seat of the Hales family, who had a chapel at the hall, dedicated to St. Andrew.
The CHURCH (St. Margaret) is a small thatched fabric of Norman character, and comprises nave, chancel with semicircular apse, and round tower with two bells. In the chancel is a sedile or stone seat, and both the north and south doorways are fine specimens of the Norman style. The living is a perpetual curacy, valued at £63, with that of Heckingham annexed to it, in the incumbency of the Rev. Sir Thos. Parr, Bart., B.A., who resides at Loddon. Sir W.B. Smijth [sic], Bart., is patron, and also impropriator of the tithes, which were commuted in 1838 for £246 per ann.
The Wesleyans and Primitive Methodists have chapels here, built in 1840 and 1846. Hales and Heckingham united district SCHOOL BOARD was established in 1875. The School was erected in 1878, at a cost of £500, to accommodate 69 children.
POST from Norwich, viâ Loddon.
Baldry Edward farmer & shopkeeper Bane Jas. grocer, draper & postmaster Buck Mrs Elizabeth farmer & sexton Cushion Wm. farmer; h Loddon Davis Thomas wheelwright & crpntr Easter Chas. vict. Carpenter Arms Inn Easter Ellis farmer, Hales green Fisher John blacksmith and farmer Forder Samuel shoemaker Fuller Robert Freston farmer & owner Hardesty James market gardener and vict. Garden House Inn Hood James Robert miller, farmer and tax collector Preston George brickmaker & farmer Smith Benjamin grocer & draper Spurgeon Amos farmer and overseer Spurgeon William farmer & surveyor, Hales Green Taylor Miss Charlotte Brd. schlmstrss Vincent John butcher and shopkeeper
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