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Norfolk: Kirby Cane

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

[Transcription copyright © Pat Newby]

KIRBY-CANE is a parish of scattered houses, mostly occupying a high situation above the broad vale of the Wensum, about 4 miles S. of Loddon. It contains 458 souls, and 1467 acres of land, mostly in the manor of Stockton-with-the-Soke.

The Rt. Hon. and Rev. Henry Lord Berners owns a great part of the soil, and resides at the Hall, a neat white mansion, with a small park. (See page 375 [which is the entry for Didlington].) He is also patron and incumbent of the rectory, valued in the King's Book at £10, and in 1831, at £390 per annum. The glebe is 41A., and the tithes have been commuted for £425 per annum. The Church (All Saints,) is an ancient fabric, with a round tower.

Since 1786, an estate of 42A. 2R. 28P., called Partable Lands, has been held for the benefit of the poor of the parishes of Kirby-Cane and Ellingham, pursuant to the will of HENRY BONFELLOW, dated 1650. It is let for £58. 9s. per annum, out of which about £2 is paid for expenses, 20s. for catechising children; and the residue is divided equally between the two parishes. The moiety belonging to Kirby-Cane (about £27,) is distributed in bread and coals, with the proceeds of the following charities, viz., £18. 10s., from land left by Thos. Potts, in 1646, and £4. 6s. 6d. from an allotment of 5A., awarded to the poor at the enclosure.

Here is a National School, attended by about 30 children, and chiefly supported by Lord Berners.

	  BERNERS    Right Hon
	               and Rev LORD   rector, Kirby Cane Hall
	  Goffin     Samuel           grocer, &c
	  Ingate     Wm.              blacksmith
	  Olly       Davy             wheelwright
	  Roberts    John             butcher
	  Snowlin    Edward           vict. Swan
	  Upcher     Rev Abbott, B.A. curate, Rectory

	    FARMERS.
	(* are Owners.)

	  Barwick    James
	  Barwick    Wm.
	  Doe        John
	  Edwards    Onesms [sic]
	* Oldring    Edw.
	* Pleasance  Rt.
	* Sparkes    Benj.

	    Shoemakers.

	  Fisk       James
	  Woor       Robert
	  Woor       Wm.

See also the Kirby Cane parish page.

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Copyright © Pat Newby.
June 2001