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Norfolk: Loddon

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

[Transcription copyright © Mike Bristow]

LODDON is a small but pleasant market-town, consisting chiefly of one long street, on the summit and acclivities of an eminence, rising from a rivulet, 10 miles S.E. of Norwich, 15 miles W.S.W. of Yarmouth, and 112 miles N.E. by N. of London.

It gives name to this Hundred, and has in its parish 1,197 inhabitants, and 2,988 acres of land, belonging to many proprietors, and lying in the MANORS, of which the following are the names and lords:-- Loddon Hall, G. D. Palmer, Esq.; Bacons and Hales Hall, the Earl of Rosebery; Kirby Hall with Sisland, (otherwise Charles') Lord Berners; and Ingloss, Jas. Cuddon, Esq., of Norwich. The last was formerly the property of the ancient family of Berney. The chief manor was granted by Roger Bigod, Earl of Norfolk, to John Segrave, on condition that he should serve him with six knights, as well in time of peace as war, for the term of his whole life. Segrave obtained for it a charter for a market and fair, in the 28th of Edward I.

The market is held every Tuesday, for corn; and fairs, for stock, &c., on Easter Monday, and the first Monday after Nov. 22nd. A Hiring Session is held at Old Michaelmas; and Petty Sessions, at the Swan Inn, as noticed at page 796 [which is the entry for Loddon Hundred].

The CHURCH (Holy Trinity,) is a large and handsome fabric, consisting of a nave, aisles, chancel, and square tower, with six bells, erected in the reign of Henry VII., by Sir James Hobart. It has several monuments, and a few brasses, to the Hobart, Sampson, and other families; and an excellent organ, given by Thomas Reynolds, schoolmaster, in 1821. The east window has recently been filled with beautiful stained glass, at the cost of £160. The font is in the florid Gothic style, and has been richly gilt and ornamented.

The Bishop of Ely is appropriator of the great tithes, and patron of the vicarage, (not in charge) now enjoyed by the Rev. John Dawson Wrigglesworth, of Cambridge. The tithes were commuted in 1841; the vicarial for £300, and the rectorial for £520 per ann. The Revs. J. H. and E. B. Sparke, are lessees of the latter.

The Town Estate, which has been vested in trust from an early period, comprises the Guildhall (a cottage,) and a farm of about 80A., let for £123, applied in the service of the church, except about £8 in distributions of coals.

In the town is a private Lunatic Asylum, established in 1786, and now conducted by Rt. Pedgrift, surgeon.

The Wesleyan and Primitive Methodists have each a chapel here; and in the town is a National School, supported by subscription. The POST OFFICE is at Mr. Fras. Alexander's. Letters arrive at 9, morning; and are despatched at ½ past 4, afternoon.

Adams          Joseph Read   chief constable
Baker          William       baker
Blanchflower   Timothy       chemist and druggist
Blanchflower   John          gentleman
Bringloe       Robt.         painter, plumber, &c.
Browne         Martin        solicitor
Cable          James Benj.   hair dresser
Chapman        John          corn & coal dealer
Cleveland      Alfred        farrier
Cole           Mrs. Ann      gentlewoman
Cook           Rev. John E.  (Wesleyan Min.)
Copeman        James         solicitor, and Union and
                              magistrates' clerk
Clarke         Samuel John   tailor
Clarke         Mr. Saml.
Forder         Robt.         plumber, painter, &c.
Goddard        Mrs. Eliz.
Goff           John          auctioneer, seed & spirit
                Massingham    mercht., painter, &c.
Hoddy          William       attorney's clerk, and
                              registrar of marriages
Hunting        Danl.         veterinary surgeon
Herring        Rev. Henry    curate
Jay            Robert        bookbinder
Jollye         Wm. Geo.      gentleman, Grove
Jones          Wm. Gerard    land surveyor
Lamb           Wm.           butcher [see note below]
Lamb           Mr. Fdk.              [see note below]
Lamb           Mrs. M.               [see note below]
Lane           Edward        tailor and draper
Morris         Robert        bricklayer
Myhill         George        glover, &c.
Palmer         Mrs. My.
Vincent        Mr. Geo.
Ward           Robert        builder, & parish clerk
Wright         Samuel        millwright

Harveys and Hudsons,         Fras. Alexander, agent.
 (& Norwich, &c.)

Angel          James Legood
Crown          Charles Fairhead
Fox & Hounds   Henry Bristow
Jolly Farmers  Samuel Kerrison
King's Head    James Fairhead
Swan Inn,      Chas. Capon

Farmers' & Hailstorm          M. Browne
Norwich Equitable             John Baley
Norwich Union                 Fras. Alexander

Comby          William
Riches         Daniel
Stratford      William

     Corn Millers.
Burton         William
Riches         John

Beard          Phillip
Blunderfield   Fras.
Foulsham       Wm.
Gunton         John
Hayward        Nelson
Hotson         Daniel
Parkerson      Crtr. J.
Riches         William
Spence         John
Spence         Matthew
Thurtell       James Watson
Varbell        William
Wigg           F.

     Grocer & Drprs.
Alexander      Fras.       (merchant and stamp seller)
Harrod         Sarah       
Leman          John
Wheelhouse     Jph.        

Curtis         Richard
Leman          William
Ward           Charles

Hart           David
Lamb           Charlotte & Amy

Baker          John 
Coker          Wm.         (leather cutter)
Goate          Edward 
Plow           John 
Plow           Richard 
Snelling       Gordon 

Finney         Elizabeth 
King           Rebecca

Dowling        John
Pedgrift       Robert
Scrimshire     Geo.

     Watch, &c. Mkrs.
Crake          John
Merrison       James Appleton

COACHES, daily, to Norwich, Beccles, Lowestoft, &c., &c.
Carriers to Norwich, Bungay, & Yarmouth.

Note: In the original this is:
    Lamb Wm. butcher, & Mr. Fdk. & Mrs. M.

See also the Loddon parish page.

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June 2002