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Norfolk: Holme Hale

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

[Transcription copyright © Pat Newby]

HOLME-HALE is a scattered village and parish, chiefly on a bold acclivity, above the small river Wissey, 5 miles E. by S. of Swaffham. It is in Swaffham union, South Greenhoe hundred, and petty sessional division, Swaffham county court district, Lynn bankruptcy district, Swaffham polling district of West Norfolk, North division of Cranwich rural deanery, and Norfolk archdeaconry.

It had 411 inhabitants in 1881, living on 2601 acres, and has a rateable value of £3981. The parish partly belongs to Captain H.S. Adlington, who is lord of the manor, R.H. Mason, Esq., Mrs. Elizabeth Fisher, Jonathan Farrow, Esq., and William Baker, Esq. There is a small rectorial manor.

The CHURCH (St. Andrew) is of mixed architecture, principally Perpendicular. The tower was commenced temp. Richard III. It has a large nave, small chancel, north aisle and porch, vestry, and square tower with six bells, and contains an organ, and had two fine brasses to Sir Edmund Illey and William Curteys, but these were stolen many years ago. The chancel has an open timber roof, and is separated from the nave by a good Perpendicular screen. In 1868 the church was thoroughly restored, new roof on north aisle, roof of nave repaired, reseated, and a new floor. In 1826, the sexton found in the churchyard six base groats of Henry VIII., enclosed in a woollen cloth, which crumbled to pieces on being touched.

The rectory, valued in the King's Book at £12 16s. 5d., is in the incumbency of the Rev. Henry Milne, M.A., who has 55A. 3R. 32P. of glebe, a good residence, rebuilt in 1846, and a yearly rent-charge of £572, awarded in 1839 in lieu of tithes.

Here is a NATIONAL SCHOOL. The Primitive Methodists have a small chapel here.

The Town Lands were exchanged at the enclosure in 1804, for a house and 46A. 1R. 38P., let for £70 a year. In 1880 the Charity Commissioners issued a scheme by which a sum not exceeding in any one year £20 may be given to the maintenance of public worship in lieu of church rates. £7 5s. is given to coal fund from the estate by direction of the Charity Commissioners. The Widows' Pightle is let for £2 a year. The Fuel Allotment, 22A. 1R. 9P., was awarded at the enclosure, and is let to poor parishioners at the rate of 20s. an acre. The rents are returned to the poor inhabitants in coal during the winter.

POST OFFICE at Mr. John Arthurton's. Letters through Thetford arrive at 8.45 A.M., despatched at 4.45 p.m.; Sundays despatched at 9.30 a.m. Bradenham is the nearest Money Order Office; the nearest Telegraph Office is 6 miles distant.

	Adcock       Henry              farmer
	Adlington    Capt. Henry
	               Smith, J.P.      The Hall
	Allingham    Fred. Chas.        vict. Red Lion
	Andrews      George             farmer, Hill farm
	Andrews      Thomas             farmer
	Arthurton    John               grocer, draper and postmaster
	Baker        William            farmer
	Baker        Mr William Gibson
	Badley       exors. of late
	               George Martin    farmers      [see note below]
	Barrett      Robert             farmer, Town farm
	Barcham      William            farmer and cattle dealer,
	                                  Ernford house
	Copsey       James              farmer and freeholder
	Daynes       Geo.               farm bailiff [see note below]
	Dewing       Mrs
	Ford         Mr George Charles
	Gainsborough Mrs Ann            cottager
	Heyhoe       George             farmer, Elm farm
	Hunt         Charles            beerhouse
	Lock         James Edwards      farmer, Cutbush
	Milne        Rev. Henry,
	               M.A., J.P.       The Rectory
	Oldfield     John               beerhouse
	Oxborough    William            shopkeeper
	Payne        James              blacksmith
	Powell       Arthur Ernest      surgeon, farmer, and landowner,
	                                  Bury hall
	Regestir     Saml. Gibbons      vict. Railway Inn
	Regestir     Thos.              baker & coal merchant
	Spencer      William            farmer
	Secker       Thomas             parish clerk
	Swan         Mrs Fanny Elise    Natnl. schlmts
	Swan         Jas.               assist. overseer, poors and highway
	                                  rate collector, and assessor and
	                                  collector of taxes
RAILWAY STATION - Geo. Smith, colltr
Note: in the original this is:
     Badley exors. of late George Martin,
          farmers, Geo. Daynes, farm bailiff

See also the Holme Hale parish page.

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June 2007