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Norfolk: North Lopham

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

[Transcription copyright © Pat Newby]

LOPHAM (NORTH), a village 3½ miles S.E. by S. of East Harling, has its parish in Guiltcross union and hundred, Guiltcross and Shropham petty sessional division, Diss county court district, Ipswich bankruptcy district, Harling polling district of South Norfolk, Rockland rural deanery, and Norfolk archdeaconry. It had 674 inhabitants in 1881, living on 2000 acres, and had a rateable value of £3153.

Lopham Park, which extends over 900 acres, belongs to the Duke of Norfolk, but H.E. Garrod, Esq., of Diss, is 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 several looms employed in weaving sheeting, diaper, huckaback, damask, &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, comprising nave, south aisle, chancel, porch, and square tower. The chancel was restored in 1862. The rectory, valued in the King's Book at £17 0s. 5½d., is consolidated with South Lopham. The benefice has a small rectorial manor in the two adjoining parishes, and must be given to a fellow of St. John's College, Cambridge. The tithes of this parish were commuted in 1845 for £303 per annum, and here are 5A. 2R. of glebe.

The SCHOOL BOARD was formed May 26, 1877, and now consists of Messrs. John W. Bobby (chairman), Thomas Womack (vice-chairman), Edward Muskett, Stephen Holden, and Stephen Beales. Mr. F. Fowell, Garboldisham, is clerk. The National School, erected 1871, is now only used as a Sunday school, and is let for concerts.

The Burial Board, formed in 1870, consists of nine members, three of whom retire annually. The cemetery adjoining the churchyard is 1A. 20P.: the land cost £80, and the Board have spent £150. Rev. - Bateman is chairman.

The Wesleyans and Primitive Methodists have each a chapel here.

Mary Williamson, in 1696, left 7A. 1R. 20P. of land, at Garboldisham, for apprenticing poor children, or clothing the poor of this parish. The Fuel Allotment, 103A. 2R. 11P., was awarded at the enclosure, in 1815. The Town Lands, partly purchased, and partly given by Robert 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 £80 per annum, a portion of which is applied in the service of the church. Here are also a house and garden, occupied by several poor families. The Fuel Allotment and Town Lands are now administered under a new scheme. Mr. H.H. Beales is clerk.

LETTERS through East Harling arrive at 7.30 a.m. Pillar Box cleared at 5 p.m., Sundays 10.30 a.m. Kenninghall is the nearest Money Order Office.

	Anderson    Wm.             frmr. Chesnut Tree frm
	Banham      Richard         baker & coal dealer
	Barham      Ph.             tailor, parish clerk, and school
	                              attendance officer
	Beales      Mrs Grace       vict. Black Horse
	Beales      Herbert Hy.     vict. King's Head. clerk to
	                              Charity Trustees
	Beales      Samuel          butcher and farmer
	Beales      Mr Stephen
	Beales      Stephen, jun.   linen manufctr
	Beales      Wm.             carpenter & wheelwright
	Bobby       John Wragg      flour seller, newsagent, agent to
	                              the Suffolk Alliance Fire Office
	Bowell      Jas.            shoemaker & vict. Bull
	Bowell      Robert          farmer & landowner
	Bowell      Thos.           farmer and landowner
	Brock       Fredk.          farmer and dealer
	Brown       Chas.           farmer, The Lodge
	Buckenham   Mrs Georgina    The Limes
	Buckenham   T.W. & J.       linen mnufcts.; and 65 Berners st.
	                              Oxford st. W.
	Butcher     George          farmer
	Cattermole  Richard         fruit dealer
	Chamberlain Mr Thomas
	Cobb        Coleby          baker
	Coe         John            boot and shoemaker
	Coe         Robert          boot and shoemaker
	Edwards     Edgar           tailor
	Emms        William         farmer
	Fletcher    Mrs Rhoda       Rose Villa
	Foster      William         bricklayer
	Gooch       John            fowl dealer
	Hinds       Wm. Thos.       vet. surgeon, regtd
	Holden      James           farmer
	Holden      Stephen         farmer & fruit dlr
	Howe        Charles         farmer and landowner
	Hubbard     Charles         farmer
	Kettle      Alfred          plumber
	Laud        Mr Christopher
	Laud        George          carpenter
	Laud        Walter          farmer
	Laud        Walter Edward   linen manufactr
	Ling        Robert          blacksmith
	Mann        - & Mrs.        master and mistress at Board school
	Murton      Charles         linen manufacturer
	Murton      John            linen manufacturer
	Newsom      Geo. Wm.        linen manufactr
	Pearce      Wm.             vict. Bell, and farmer
	Reeve       Righteous John  thatcher
	Robinson    Thomas          farmer
	Rolfe       Horace          farmer
	Rolfe       Mr Walter
	Ruddock     Alfred          tailor & shopkeeper
	Shaw        Arthur Geo.     vict. Cherry Tree, and fishmonger
	Taylor      David           bricklayer
	Taylor      Thomas          bricklayer
	Thomson     Rev. John, M.A. curate
	Walker      Isaac           carpenter
	Wharton     Miss Mary Ann   The Grange
	Whitmore    Mrs.            farmer
	Womack      John            farmer & linen mnuftr
	Womack      John Wharton    grcr. & drpr
	Womack      Thos.           farmer, Park farm
	Womack      Thos. Wm.       grocer & draper (Pattinson & W.),
	                              coal & lime merchants, East
	                              Harling road station
	Womack      Wm. John        coach builder, wheelwright, &
	                              farmer, The Ashes

See also the North Lopham parish page.

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March 2006