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Norfolk: Hockham

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

[Transcription copyright © Pamela Littlefair]

HOCKHAM is a pleasant village, 5 miles N.W. by N. of East Harling. Its parish contains 664 inhabitants, and about 3196 acres of land, mostly the property of Henry Samuel Partridge, Esq., who resides at the Hall, a large brick edifice. It gives name to a large Police Division, and was formerly in two parishes, called Great and Little Hockham; but the church of the latter was demolished after the reign of Richard II., though its foundations may still be traced. Henry III. granted to Great Hockham, a charter for a market every Friday, and a fair on Easter Monday; but the former has long been obsolete, and the latter is merely a pleasure mart.

The CHURCH (Trinity) stands in the park, and has a nave, chancel, and aisles, but no tower. The living is a discharged vicarage, valued in the King's Book at £8. 17s. 11d., and in 1831, at £220. The Rev. John Spurgin, B.A., is patron and incumbent.

The common, and Cranberry fen, which had a lake or mere of 280A., were enclosed and drained in 1795, when a Fuel Allotment of 40A. was awarded for the use of all the parishioners not occupying more than £5 a year. The poor cut turf upon it. The Town Land consists of 16A. 22P., received in exchange at the enclosure, and now let for £22 a year, which is applied with the poor rates.

Here is a National School, built in 1832, by H.S. Partridge, Esq., who purchased the manor, in 1810, of the Dover Family.

	Adams      Robert              shopkeeper
	Adcock     John Lewis          tailor
	Andrews    Barnett             suprndnt. of police
	Boyce      Robert              plumber, painter etc.
	Drake      John                wheelwright
	Edwards    Wm.                 vict. Red Lion
	Goold      James               land agent
	Horrex     Jph. and Jno.       blacksmiths
	Jones      Joseph              shopkeeper and tailor
	Lemmon     John                wheelgt. and smith
	Muskett    James               grocer and draper
	Partridge  Henry Samuel, Esq.  Hall
	Pitts      Jeremiah            grocer and draper
	Smith      Susan               schoolmistress
	Spurgin    Rev. John, B.A.     vicar
	Warren     Wm.                 baker and shopkeeper

	   FARMERS.

	Bidwell    James
	Land       Edmund              The Lodge
	Lane       Heron
	Loveday    Thomas
	Nurse      Philip
	Swann      John Wm.
	Wells      Ann

Carrier to Norwich, Wm. Edwards, Friday


See also the Hockham parish page.

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June 1999