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Norfolk: Kirby Bedon

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

[Transcription copyright © Pat Newby]

KIRBY-BEDON, a village on an acclivity overlooking the vale of the Wensum, 3 miles S.E. of Norwich, has in its parish 265 souls, and 1362A. of land. H.J. Stracey, Esq., is lord of the manor and owner of a great part of the soil, and the rest belongs to Miss Woolsey, the Rev. W. Millett, and several smaller proprietors. The Hall, which was the seat of Sir Hanson Berney, Bart, was taken down a few years ago.

The parish was formerly divided between two Churches, but that dedicated to St. Mary has been in ruins several centuries, though much of its walls and most of its circular tower still remain, finely clad with ivy. St. Andrew's is a small church, with the base of a round tower, surmounted by a wooden belfry. The living is a discharged rectory, valued in the King's Book at £6. 4s. 9½d., and now having £250 per annum, awarded in 1842, in lieu of tithes. Henry Muskett, Esq., is patron, and the Rev. E. Day incumbent.

DIRECTORY:-

	Bird      Michael      wheelwright
	Day       Rev. Edward  Rectory
	Florence  Wm.          beerhouse and shopkeeper
	Osborn    Richard      blacksmith
	Stacey    Wm.          joiner
	Tilney    Robt.        shoemaker

	   farmers.

	Woolsey   Miss                 [see note below]
	Woolsey   Jeremiah     (owner) [see note below]
	Bond      Richd.
	Harvey    Wm.
	Lodge     Isaac

Note: in the original this is
     Miss Woolsey, and Jeremiah Woolsey, (owner)
See also the Kirby Bedon parish page.

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Copyright © Pat Newby.
December 2004