LOPHAM, (SOUTH) is a village and parish, adjoining and participating in the linen trade, &c., of North Lopham. It is 4 miles S.E. by S. of East Harling, and 5 miles W. by N. of Diss, and contains 724 inhabitants, and 1932A. 2R. 27P. of land, but only 1651 acres are assessable. It is the same manor as North Lopham, and belongs mostly to the Duke of Norfolk and Edwd. Bridgman, Esq., but here are many smaller proprietors, mostly copyholders.
The CHURCH (St. Andrew) is a large antique fabric, with a fine Norman tower rising between the nave and chancel. The tower has 8 bells, and is much older than the nave and chancel, the former being rebuilt after 1479, and the latter about the year 1370. The rectory is consolidated with North Lopham, and has a good parsonage-house, with 41A. 1R. 13P. of glebe. The tithes were commuted in 1845.
On the east side of the two Lophams, in the swampy grounds, called Lopham Gate, are two copious springs, which give rise to the rivers Waveney and Little Ouse, the former running eastward to Yarmouth, and the latter westward to Thetford and Lynn; and both forming the boundary of Norfolk and Suffolk.
Here were formerly two other "wonders," viz., a tree grown in the form of a stile; and the ox-foot stone - a large pebble bearing the exuvial mark of some bivalve shell, but said by tradition to be the impression of the foot of a cow that came regularly to be milked by the poor inhabitants, during a long dearth.
The TOWN LANDS, given by John Barker, in 1468, John Jessup, in 1672, and other donors, consist of a farm of 60A. 1R., in Wortham and Redgrave, let for £60; 14A., in Langmere, let for £26; 24A. in Lopham, let for £27. 14s.; and a house and 28A., occupied by the poor. The rents are applied in defraying all the expenses attending the church, and the residue is applied with the poor rates.
The FUEL ALLOTMENTS, awarded at the enclosure, in 1815, comprise 126A. 27P., on which the poor cut turf, and let the herbage for £7 or £8, which is expended in repairing the fences.
In 1815, Wm. Branch Elliott, left £400, to be invested in the funds, and the dividends applied yearly in a distribution of clothing among the poor of South Lopham. This charity now consists of £452. 8d., three per Cent. Consols.
Ashfield Wm. land agent, &c. Barrow Rev Jas. M.A. Rectory Bircham Samuel wheelwright Boutell James vict. Chequers Bowell George wheelwright Calton Thos. baker and shopkeeper Darby Rev Geo. Wm., curate M.A. Diggon Durrant glover and shopr. Drake Wm. gent. Eaton John vict. White Horse Garnham James joiner Huggins Samuel butcher Prentice Wm. blacksmith Sare Mr James Seakens Fredk. schoolmaster Turnor Geo. shoemaker and shopr. Wallis Robert blacksmith FARMERS. (* are Owners) * Aldridge John Large Augustus Bowell Eliz. * Pratt Stephen Bircham Robert Sare Robert Burrell Ellis * Silveys Thomas Carley Cphr. * Soar Wm. Downing Richd. Oak farm Finch Edward * Wharton John * Eaton John, sen. * Wharton Wm. Grant Robert Whitton Edward Huggins Samuel Linen Mfrs. Bowell Ephraim Dove John Buckenham Jno. Downing Richd. Buckenham Wm.
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