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Norfolk: Kirby Cane

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

[Transcription copyright © Pat Newby]

KIRBY-CANE is a parish of scattered houses, mostly occupying a high situation above the broad vale of the Waveney, about 4 miles S. of Loddon and N. of Bungay. It is in Loddon union, Clavering hundred, Loddon and Clavering petty sessional division, Beccles county court district, Yarmouth bankruptcy district, Loddon polling district of South Norfolk, East Brooke rural deanery, and Norfolk archdeaconry. It had 420 inhabitants in 1881, living on 1476 acres, and has a rateable value of £2440 5s., and a gross rental of £2687 15s.

The parish is mostly in the manor of Stockton-with-the-Soke, of which Bazett Haggard, Esq., is lord; but Mrs. Rogerson has a small estate here. The Hall is a large white brick mansion, in a small park, and is occupied by the lord of the manor.

The CHURCH (All Saints) was restored in 1857, at the expense of the rector, and consists of nave, chancel, north aisle, vestry, south porch, and round tower with five bells. The east window has been filled with stained glass at the expense of the late Lord Berners. The roof was restored in 1882.

Here are tablets in memory of Lord and Lady Berners and Elizabeth Catelyne; also a very interesting tomb to the memory of Richard Catelyne, once a Lord Chief Justice of England; a brass to the Rev. John Watson, a former rector; and a tablet recording that the vestry was built in 1753, by Sir Charles Turner, Bart., 'out of a pious and pure regard for the memory of his second wife.' In the chancel is an old altar tomb. The south doorway is a good specimen of Norman architecture.

His lordship is also patron of the rectory, valued in the King's Book at £10. The glebe is 41 acres, and the tithes have been commuted for £436 10s. per annum. The Rev. Abbot Upcher, B.A., is the rector, and has a good residence built in 1790.

The PAROCHIAL SCHOOL, built in 1861 by the late Lord Berners, is attended by about 70 children.

The Wesleyans have a chapel here.

Some workmen who many years ago were digging in a field called 'Pewter Hill,' in this parish, came upon a confused mass of human bones, among which were several spear heads, a jewelled buckle, and two swords, apparently of Roman workmanship. Many fragments of Roman pottery have at different times been found at the same place, and a kind of oven or kiln of Roman tiles was also discovered, leading to the inference that a potter's kiln existed there, and that the present name of the hill is a corruption of 'Potter's Hill.'

In 1786 an estate of 42A. 2R. 28P., called Partable Lands, was appropriated for the benefit of the poor of the parishes of Kirby-Cane and Ellingham, pursuant to the will of Henry Bonfellow, dated 1650. The net income was divided equally between the two parishes. The moiety belonging to Kirby-Cane was distributed in bread and coal, with the proceeds of the following charities: viz. £18 10s. from land left by Thomas Potts in 1646; and £4 6s. 6d., from an allotment of 5A. awarded to the poor at the enclosure. These charities are now in the hands of the Charity Commissioners.

POST OFFICE at Joseph Youell's. Letters, viâ Bungay, arrive at 8.15 a.m., and depart 4 p.m.

	Baker     George            shoemaker
	Benns     Philip            farmer and assessor of taxes,
	                              Leet hill farm
	Beverley  Miss Mary
	Bradnum   Robert            market gardener
	Clare     Edward            grocer, draper, blacksmith, wheelwright,
	                              assist. overseer, rate collector, and
	                              parish constable
	Clutton   Charles           farmer
	Cross     George            farmer, Litchmere lane; h Postwick hall
	Doe       John              farmer, Home farm
	Doe       John, jun.        farmer, Row farm
	Eggett    John              blacksmith
	England   Mrs Margaret      schoolmistress
	Fisher    Mrs Eliza         shopkeeper
	Haggard   Bazett, Esq.      barrister-at-law, The Hall, and
	                              2 Paper Buildings, Temple, E.C.; and
	                              11 Sussex Gardens, Hyde Park, London, W.
	Ives      Henry             thatcher
	Lambert   John              farm bailiff
	Manning   Simon             coal dealer and victualler, Swan Inn
	Manning   Thomas            shoemaker
	Morris    James             farmer and threshing machine owner,
	                              overseer and surveyor, Green farm
	Pilgrim   Robt.             farmer, Sheepwalk farm
	Pitcher   Wm.               mkt. grdnr. & pork butcher
	Stannard  George            market gardener
	Upcher    Rev. Abbott, B.A. rector, Rectory
	Wilson    George            cowkeeper
	Youell    Joseph            parish clrk. & pstmstr

See also the Kirby Cane parish page.

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June 2010