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
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