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Norfolk: Hethersett

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

[Transcription copyright © Pat Newby]

HETHERSETT, a large, well-built, and pleasant village, on the Wymondham road, 5 miles W.S.W. of Norwich, has in its parish 1138 souls, and 2635 acres of fertile land, belonging to many proprietors, and lying in James Cuddon, Esq.'s manors of Hethersett-Woodhall, Hawkins, Cromwells, and Canteclose, the latter of which had anciently a church (All Saints,) and its site is still called the old churchyard. The common and the village green were enclosed in 1800, and the parishioners claimed and obtained part of Wymondham common, because they had buried a dead man found upon it, after the parish officers had refused to inter him.

R.H. Gurney, Esq., has an estate here, and a handsome seat called Thickthorn House, built in 1812, near the site of the old hall. In this parish is the decayed "Oak of Reformation," under which Kett and his rebel band, in 1549, took a solemn oath to reform the abuses in Church and State. (See page 62 [which is part of the History of Norwich].) Though hooped and screwed together, this venerable tree still vegetates. Petty Sessions are held at the Queen's Head, as noticed at page 692 [which is the entry for Humbleyard Hundred].

The Church (St. Remigius,) has a square tower, with a small wooden spire and five bells. On an altar tomb, in the south aisle, are effigies of a knight and lady. Here are also memorials of the Flowerdew, Bokenham, and other families. The rectory of Hethersett-with-Canteclose, valued in the King's Book at £8, and in 1831, at £670, is in the gift of Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge, and incumbency of the Rev. Jeremy Day, M.A.

The Wesleyan and Primitive Methodists have each a chapel here.

The National School, built in 1817, is attended by about 100 children, and is partly supported by subscription. The master receives £8. 3s. 4d. yearly from £272. 8s. 8d., three per cent. Consols, left by Wm. Hughes, for the education of six poor children.

In 1658, John Rope bequeathed property to provide clothing to the poor parishioners, now consisting of the Queen's Head public-house, a garden, and 3R. 35P. of land, let for £19 a year, out of which 23s. 5d. is paid for insurance and quit-rents, and the residue is distributed in coats. In 1710, Walsingham Bokenham left to the poor a house and 5A. 1R. 5P. of land, now let for £18, which is distributed in shirting, calico, and shoes. The poor have also divided among them yearly the dividends of £100 three per cents., left by John Corder, and of £133. 7s. 6d., new 3½ per cents., left by Henry Harman, in 1815.

	Andrew     Rev Wm. Waite
	Ayton      Clorinda             Post Office
	Ayton      Samuel               vict. Queen's Head
	Back       Jas. Hatfield &
	             Jno. Alfd., Esqs
	Bales      Robert               butcher  [see note below]
	Bales      Mr Thos.                      [see note below]
	Browne     Mrs Ann, and
	             Edwd., Esq.
	Clark      Rowland              baker
	Collins    Miss Eliz.           boarding school
	Colman     John Rt. Claxton     surgeon
	Curson     Smith                National School
	Cutmore    Mary                 grocer and draper
	Day        Rev Jeremy, M.A.     Rectory
	Filby      Miss
	Fish       Edward               saddler
	Fish       John                 grocer and draper
	Fox        James                vict. Greyhound
	Gurney     Rd. Hanbury, Esq.    banker, Thickthorn House
	Harvey     John                 blacksmith
	Herne      Thomas               blacksmith
	Langford   Capt. G.
	Nash       Mrs Ann
	Norgate    Thomas Starling, Esq
	Purrett    John                 corn miller
	Robinson   George               corn miller
	Scrivener  Thos.                vict. King's Head
	Sharman    John                 tailor
	Sharman    Elizabeth            shopkeeper
	Spurgeon   John                 brewer & maltster
	Trower     George               cooper
	Vaux       Rev Bowyer           curate
	Willament  Warner               vict. Victoria


	Bush       Robert               Norgate   T.S.
	Hood       Robert               Sewell    Samuel
	Howlett    James                Smith     James
	Lake       William              Smith     Jas. jun.
	             Christmas          Stannard  Wm.

	   Shoemakers.                     Wheelwrights.

	Cunningham Wm                   Barker    Smith
	Curson     Wm. par. clerk       Ireland   James
	Fish       John                 Lofty     Jeremiah, and smith
COACHES and CARRIERS from Norwich to Wymondham, Thetford, &c. pass through the village
Note: in the original this is:
     Bales Robert, butcher, and Mr Thos.
See also the Hethersett parish page.

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October 2008