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Norfolk: South Lopham

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

[Transcription copyright © Pat Newby]

LOPHAM (SOUTH), a village and parish, adjoining and participating in the linen trade of North Lopham, is 4 miles S.E. by S. of East Harling, and 5 miles W. by N. of Diss. It is 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 529 inhabitants in 1881, living on 1937 acres, and has a rateable value of £2977. The parish lies in the same manor as North Lopham, and belongs mostly to Thomas Buckenham, Esq. and the Duke of Norfolk; but here are many small proprietors.

The CHURCH (St. Andrew) is a large edifice, comprising nave, south aisle, and chancel, with a fine Norman tower, containing six bells, and rising between the nave and chancel, which are of much later date, the former being rebuilt after 1479, and the latter about the year 1370. The rectory is consolidated with North Lopham, in the patronage of the representatives of the Rev. J. Bateman, and incumbency of the Rev. John Fitz Herbert Bateman, M.A., who has here a good residence, and 45 acres of glebe. The tithes of this parish were commuted in 1845 for £508 per annum.

The School, with master's house adjoining, was built in 1863 at a cost of £800, and is attended by 90 children.

Here is a small Baptist Chapel.

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.

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 £86 a year; 16A. 2R. 13P., in Langmere, let for £29; 37 acres of heath land, let for £37; 4 cottages £13; and 15A. 2R. 27P., in quarter acre allotments, let for £27. One-fourth of these rents is applied in defraying the expenses of the church, and the remainder is divided between the school and poor.

The Fuel Allotments, awarded at the enclosure in 1815, comprise 126A. 27P., on which the poor cut turf, and the herbage is let for about £10, which is expended in repairing the fences. In 1815 William Branch Elliott left £400, to be invested in the funds, and the dividends applied yearly in a distribution in sheets and blankets among the poor of South Lopham. This charity now consists of £452 8d., three per cent. consols.

POST OFFICE at Mr. Thomas Cox's. Letters from East Harling viâ Thetford arrive at 8.40 a.m., depart at 4.35 p.m. Sundays depart at 10 a.m. Kenninghall is the nearest Money Order Office.

	Bateman   Rev. John Fitz
	            Herbert, M.A.  rector
	Bedwell   Jas.             frmr. whlwrt. & carpenter
	Blowers   Wm.              wheelwright and smith
	Bowell    Levi             farmer
	Bowell    William          linen manufacturer
	Bowhill   Jacob            blacksmith
	Buck      Arthur Wm.       vict. White Horse
	Buckenham Thomas           linen manufctr. (T.W. & J.)
	                             farmer and landowner
	Buckenham T.W. & J.        linen mfrs. and warehs.
	                             Saracen's Head, London, E.C.
	Bullock   Walter           frmr. Poplar Tree farm
	Cox       Thomas           agent to the Norwich Equitable
	                             Fire Insurance Co. Post Office
	Crowe     Edgar            frmr. Walnut Tree farm
	Crowe     Edward Henry &
	            Mrs Elizbth.   master and mistress National school
	Downing   Saml.            coal dlr. & newsagent
	Eacock    Mr Frost         farmer
	Fisher    Philip           farmer
	Garnham   Thomas           carpenter
	Garnham   Walter           carpenter
	Gibson    Arthur           miller and farmer
	Goddard   Henry            builder and contractor, and
	                             victualler, Chequers
	Grant     Joseph           boot and shoe maker
	Grant     Mrs Phillis      baker
	Hearn     John             farmer, Dairy farm
	Laud      John             farmer, Chequers farm
	Musket    Mr Edward        The Hall farm
	Orford    Edmd.            farmer and landowner
	Pearce    George           farmer
	Rush      James            farmer
	Sare      William          grocer and draper
	Seakin    Frederick        parish clerk
	Self      James            shopkeeper
	Self      William          farmer, Hill farm
	Soar      William          farmer
	Tyler     George           farmer
	Wallis    Seth             shopkeeper
	Witton    Edward           farmer
	Witton    Edward, jun.     farmer and assistant overseer
	Womack    Robert           miller, corn mert. and landowner;
	                             and Kenninghall
CARRIER - John Grant to Diss, Friday

See also the South Lopham parish page.

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March 2006