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Norfolk: Ludham

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

[Transcription copyright © Peter Green]

LUDHAM, a large and well-built village, 13 miles N.E. by E. of Norwich, and N.W. of Yarmouth, gives name to a Police Division, and has in its parish 924 inhabitants, and 2977 acres of land, bounded on three sides by the Bure, the Thurne, and the stream which flows from the Broads, near Catfield.

It is in two manors, called Walton Hall and Ludham Bacon, of both [of] which the Bishop of Norwich is lord and principal owner of the soil; the whole being granted to the see by Henry VIII., (in exchange for other estates,) after the dissolution of the abbey of St.Bennet's at the Holm, to which this parish belonged. This monastery stood in the adjacent parish of Horning, but its mitred abbot had here a residence and farm called The Grange, which was afterwards used as the Bishop's Palace, but the greater part of it was burnt down in 1611; since which the domestic chapel has been converted into a granery [sic], and the remains of the palace into a farm house, now called Ludham Hall.

The Church (St. Catherine) is a large and beautiful Gothic structure, with three aisles, a chancel, a tower, and five bells. Its interior has many antique monumental inscriptions and a much-admired Gothic screen and font, enriched with carvings of lions, angels, &c. The screen was formerly richly gilt, and had the figures of the twelve Apostles painted in the lower compartments.

The living is a discharged vicarage, valued in the King's Book at £5.6s.8d., and in 1831 at £303. It is now enjoyed by the Rev. W.A. Bathurst, M.A., with 31A.1R.1P. of glebe. The Bishop of Norwich is the patron, and appropriator of the rectorial tithes. About 314 acres are tithe-free, and the rent-charge on the remainder is £943.

The Wesleyans and Baptists have each a chapel here. In Elizabeth's reign, Bishop Redmor procured a fair and market for Ludham, and the former is still held as a pleasure mart, on the Thursday and Friday after Trinity Sunday. A hiring session is held here on Old Michaelmas day. Here is a National School, built in 1841.

The three Poor's Allotments, awarded at the enclosure in 1802, comprise 124A.3R.35P. One of them (about 80A.) is a wet marsh, abounding in reeds, though let for about £70 a year. Another, containing 11A.2R.4P. is let for about £12, and the other (33A.1R.31P.) is used for cutting turves and rushes, but a few poor people are allowed to pasture cattle upon it at the charge of £1 per year per head. The rents and profits are distributed in coals, together with £12.5s a year, arising from 8A.2R.5P., awarded at the enclosure in lieu of land, left by Phillippo and Fras. Haddon in 1630, and other donors; and 50s. a year, as the interest of £50, derived from the sale of the "Town House," in 1790.

	 Barry      Thomas          hair dresser
	 Bathurst   Rev. Walter
	              Apsley, M.A.  vicar
	 Bridgeman  Wm.             excise officer
	 Clarke     John            corn and coal mert.
	 Clarke     Mary            butcher
	 Coustos    Hiram           boarding academy
	 Dale       John            baker
	 Deeker     Mr John
	 England    Wm.             millwright
	 Farrow     John            plumber and glazier
	 Forder     Rd              farrier and cow leech
	 Green      Thomas          joiner and builder
	 Huke       Samuel Taylor   surgeon
	 Lacey      James           sadler
	 Lincoln    Richd.          National schoolmr.
	 Littlewood Jas.            vict. King's Arms
	 Mack       Thos.           gent.
	 Mornement  Mark Daniel     gent
	 Myhill     Samuel          glover
	 Newton     Robert          vict. Crown
	 Read       Mrs Esther
	 Rust       George          solicitor
	 Sadler     John            druggist and ironmgr.
	 Smith      George          parish clerk
	 Smith      Lewis Hiram     supt. of police

	    Blacksmiths.

	 Annison    Edm.
	 Thurgate   Thos.
	 Varley     Benj.

	    Bricklayers.

	 Davey      Wm. and David
	 Lincoln    Wm.

	    Corn Millers.

	 Grapes     Simon
	 Jay        Thomas

	    FARMERS. (* are owners.)

	*Bond       George           Jones      Thos. hind [sic]
	*Beasey     Charles         *Minns      John
	 Clark      John            *Page       John
	*Garret     Ryal            *Page       Wm. Sherwood
	 Gaul       Widow           *Pettingle  Eliz.
	 Green      James           *Pigg       Wm.
	*Green      Thomas           Rice       Robert
	 Greenacre  Jas.            *Slipper    Thos.
	*Hacon      Wm. (malster)   *Thaxter    Wm.
	*Heath      Thomas

	    Grocers & Dprs.

	 Bayles     John
	 Fairhead   Clarsa.
	 Fendick    Wm.

	    Tailors.

	 Colman     James
	 Smith      George

	    Shoemakers.

	 Ditcham    John
	 Green      John
	 Rice       Robert
	 Smith      George

	    Wheelwrights.

	 Annison    Edm.
	 Coll       Wm.
	 Fulcher    James
CARRIER.
Wm. Fairhead to Norwich, W. & Saturday.
See also the Ludham parish page.

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