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Norfolk: Hockering

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

[Transcription copyright © Pat Newby]

HOCKERING village stands on a declivity of the Norwich road, near the Blackwater rivulet, 6 miles E. of East Dereham, in Mitford and Launditch union and petty sessional division, East Dereham county court district, Dereham polling district of South Norfolk, Norwich bankruptcy district, Mitford hundred, Hingham rural deanery and Norfolk archdeaconry. It had 387 inhabitants in 1881, living on 1934 acres, and has a rateable value of £2426. George Dackett Berney is lord of the manor and principal landowner, but there are some smaller owners.

The CHURCH (St. Michael) comprises nave, chancel, north aisle, and handsome square tower with one bell. The reredos is of marble and Caen stone, the chancel arch of marble, and the pulpit, reading-desk, seats, and elegant screen, are of beautifully carved oak.

The rectory, valued in the King's Book at £7 3s. 4d., is now worth £739 a year, with that of Mattishall-Burgh annexed, and is the patronage of G.D. Berney, Esq., and incumbency of the Rev. Michael James Anderson, M.A., who has 50A. of glebe and a good residence with tasteful pleasure-grounds.

The Primitive Methodists have a small chapel here, built in 1859. There are small SCHOOLS in connection with the church and chapel. Hockering was the chief manor in the Barony of Rye, and was formerly held by the Mareschals, Roscelines, and Parkers.

The Poor's and Town's Lands have been vested in feoffees from an early period, and were increased by allotments at the enclosure in 1826. The property now consists of The Cock Inn, let for £40; four cottages and gardens, let for about £11 10s.; 2A. 3R. of land, let for £2 2s. a year; a garden of 14 perches, used by the schoolmistress; and 4A. 1R. 21P., let for £13 a year. Out of these rents about £15 are expended yearly in supplying the poor with coals, and the rest is applied with the church rates. The poor have also yearly doles of 9s. from Mowting's charity, and 20s., left by Ann Repps in 1633, out of 3A., called Warner's Yard.

LETTERS through Dereham, arrive at 8.30 a.m. POST OFFICE cleared at 5 p.m. Mattishall is the nearest Money Order and Telegraph Office.

	Anderson  Rev. Michael Jas. M.A. rector, The Rectory
	Ball      Miss Elizabeth         Free schlmistress
	Barnard   Thomas                 victualler, Cock
	Bayfield  John                   gamekeeper, The Lodge
	Blanche   George                 beerhouse
	Bloom     John Lofty             farmer, The Leys farm
	Brighty   John                   machine owner and carrier
	                                   to Norwich Wed. and Sat.
	Brighty   Robert                 woodman, The Lodge
	Brighty   William                grocer, draper, general
	                                   dealer and freeholder
	Comer     Isaac Wm.              frmr. Heath farm
	Fisher    Clare                  farmer, Mill house
	Flood     George                 shoemaker
	Galer     George                 farmer
	Harvey    James                  vict. Butchers' Arms
	Hind      William                farmer, Park farm
	Howard    John                   farmer and landowner, Yew farm
	Huggins   -                      baker
	Huggins   James                  blacksmith
	Leveridge James                  farmer
	Mack      Amelius                farmer
	Matthews  James                  farmer
	Melton    Mrs. Theodosia         farmer
	Milk      Jas. Payne             farmr. Overgate farm
	Ramm      Robert                 wheelwright
	Skelton   Edward                 general dealer
	Sutton    John                   farmer, Church farm
	Thurgil   George                 shoemaker

CARRIERS - To Norwich pass through

See also the Hockering parish page.

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September 2008