KENNINGHALL, formerly known as Kings' Hall, from having been the seat of the East Anglian Kings, is a small town, holding a weekly market for cattle on Saturday; distant 18 miles S.W. of Norwich, 4 miles S.W. of Buckenham, and 3 miles E. of East Harling.
Boadicea, the British Queen of martial notoriety, had a castle here, wherein she held her courts; and the "good Queen Bess" selected Kenninghall Palace as one of her summer residences. The Duke of Norfolk is lord of the manor, which is an ancient demesne: previous to the middle of the 17th century, his grace's ancestors inhabited the palace (which at that period was pulled down), and long anterior to the time of Elizabeth, they occupied a mansion called East Hall, which stood upon the same site, as the Palatial residence, and its aged predecessor, the Royal castle.
Two annual FAIRS are held here, the one on July 18th, for cattle, and the other on September 30th, for sheep. The parish comprises an area of 3524 acres, and the population in 1841 was 1389.
POST-OFFICE, at Mark Mordey's. Letters delivered 8.30 a.m. and despatched to Norwich and all parts, via East Harling, at 5.30 p.m.
Ackland Robert ironmonger and brazier Avis Joseph carpenter Bailey Charles carpenter Bailey Geo. 'White Horse' (licensed to let horses, &c.) Banham Cubitt S. grocer & draper Barham Eliz. and Dinah milliners Barham Robert bricklayer Barker Thomas blacksmith Beales Samuel butcher Bond William poulterer Bowen John 'George' (& carrier) Briggs John gardener Bryant Richard corn & coal mercht. agent to the Suffolk Amicable fire office Buxton James tailor Calver J.C. and D.H. solicitors, and agents to the Norwich Union fire and life office Clark William baker Clarke Samuel turner and patten maker Coe Robert grocer and draper Collings James 'Crown' (& blacksmith) Cooke Mrs. Hannah Cooke Robert tailor Crook Robert miller Daines Robert cooper Davy John cooper Davy Robert watchmaker Dent Peter surgeon Ellis Ellen school Foyster John painter, glazier, &c. Garrod Benjamin wheelwright Harvey Robert school and bookbinder Horne John shoemaker and currier Howell Mr. Henry (bapt. minister) Huggins William butcher Jackson Robert beer retailer Kendall Maria school (& boarding) Kent George registrar, relieving officer Linstead George saddler, &c. Long Henry miller Mallett Henry beer retailer Mordey Mark stationer, bookseller and postmaster Morley James parish clerk Moyse George shoemaker Murton Robert machine maker Napthen Robert wheelwright Newson Charles merchant Nunn Richard auctioneer Osborne George bricklayer Pigg Alfred grocer and draper Priest Wm. inland revenue officer Procter Rev. Richard (vicarage) Rackham Thomas master of Guiltcross Union Workhouse, and registrar of marriages Reeve David brickmaker Reeve Mrs. Ann Rivett Elizabeth grocer, draper and brush maker Sayer George cabinet maker Smith John baker Smith Robert shoemaker Smith Thomas shoemaker Turner Jph. G. tea dealer & druggist Wade John whitesmith Wells William miller Wharton Leonard collector of taxes Womack Micah miller Womack William miller Woman Henry 'Red Lion' (and butcher) Farmers. Aldis William Long Zedekiah (and maltster) Avis Elizabeth Reeve David Avis Joseph Reeve George Bilham Stephen Spurling Daniel Bunn John West Robert Coulson John Weston John Coulson John, jun. Wharton Leonard Cracknell William Wretham John Fincham William Youels James (and dealer) Green John Youels Robert (and dealer) Holmes RichardCARRIERS to Norwich; Bowen, Tues. 4 aft.; also, Fisk, Monday and Thursday, 4 afternoon.
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