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Norfolk: North Lopham

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

[Transcription copyright © Pat Newby]

LOPHAM, (NORTH) a pleasant village, 3½ miles S.E. by S. of East Harling, has in its parish 815 inhabitants, and 1,966A. of land, of which 900A., called Lopham Park, belong to the Duke of Norfolk, the lord of the manor, in which are numerous small copyholds, subject to arbitrary fines. This manor comprehends also South Lopham; and the two villages have long been famous for the manufacture of linen or hempen cloth; and though but little yarn is now spun here by hand-wheels, here are about 100 looms employed in weaving sheeting, diaper, huckaback, &c., which are sold unbleached by the manufacturers, who hawk them in their own carts over this and the adjacent counties.

The CHURCH (St. Nicholas) is a large and handsome structure, with a square tower; and the living is a rectory, valued in the King's Book at £17. 0s. 5½d., and in 1831, at £642, with that of South Lopham annexed to it, in the gift of G.H. Barrow, Esq., and incumbency of the Rev. Jas. Barrow, M.A. The benefice has a small rectorial manor in the two adjoining parishes, and must be held by a fellow of St. John's College, Cambridge. The tithes were commuted in 1845.

Here is a small Wesleyan Chapel, built in 1811.

Mary Williamson, in 1696, left 7A. 1R. 20P. of land, at Garboldisham, for apprenticing poor children, or clothing the poor of this parish. It is now let for £14. 16s. The FUEL ALLOTMENT, 103A. 2R. 11P., upon which the poor cut fuel, was awarded at the enclosure, in 1815.

The TOWN LANDS, partly purchased, and partly given by Robt. Bringloe, in 1687, and other donors, consist of about 43A., in the parishes of Lopham, Garboldisham, and Shelfanger. They are let, with two cottages, at rents amounting to £84 per annum, which is applied in the service of the church. Here is also a house and garden, occupied by several poor families, rent free.

	  Beales    Jeremiah       beer house
	  Bird      John           shopkeeper
	  Boggis    John           saddler
	  Burrell   Mr Wm.
	  Cobb      Coleby G.      schoolmaster
	  Gooch     Thos.          vict. King's Head
	  Hind      Wm. Thos.      veterinary surgeon
	  Hunt      Wm.            carpenter
	  Jessup    Geo.           wheelwright
	  Jolly     Wm.            vict. Bull
	  Lawrence  Wm.            blacksmith
	  Nunn      John           vict. Bell
	  Payne     Wm.            tea dealer
	  Porter    John           grocer and draper
	  Robinson  Wm.            grocer and draper
	  Ruddock   Thos.          stone mason
	  Wharton   George, Esq.   The Grange
	  Womack    John           baker
	  Womack    Robert         miller
	  Womack    Micah

	     Bricklayers.             Linen Mfrs.

	  Corbell   George         Beales    Robert
	  Taylor    Thomas         Buckenham Ths.
	                           Coats     Jonas
	     Butchers.             Cobb      Coleby
	                           Cobb      Samuel
	  Beales    John           Gooch     Daniel
	  Jolly     John           Gooch     Thomas
	                           Gooch     Samuel
	                           Shaw      George
	                           Womack    Wm.

	     FARMERS.                 Joiners.
	  (* are Owners.)

	  Betts     Cphr.          Hunt      William
	              Lodge        Ruddock   John
	  Jolly     John           Tuff      James
	* Lovack    Wm.
	  Mornement Jas.,             Shoemakers.
	* Rolfe     George         Bowell    Levi
	* Rolfe     John           Coe       Cornelius
	* Wharton   Geo.           Nunn      Robert
	* Wharton   John           Pollard   William
	* Wharton   Thos.
	* Womack    James             Tailors.
	* Womack    Robert
	* Womack    Thos.          Chamberlain Jno. (& draper)
	* Womack    Wm.            Cobb        John
	  Womack    Wm. jun        Green       Charles
	                           Sare        Thomas

See also the North Lopham parish page.

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September 2004