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Norfolk: Mendham

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

[Transcription copyright © Pat Newby]

MENDHAM is a parish in Hoxne union and petty sessional division, Harleston county court district, Ipswich bankruptcy district, Hoxne rural deanery, and Suffolk archdeaconry. It had 751 inhabitants in 1881, and comprises upwards of 3000 acres of land. Only 251 inhabitants, and 1200 acres adjoin Harleston, and are in Earsham hundred and Harleston polling district of South Norfolk; the rest, with the village, CHURCH (All Saints), and some vestiges of a Priory, is in Hoxne hundred of East Suffolk, on the south side of the river Waveney, 2 miles S.E. of Harleston.

The executors of the late Rev. T.W. Whitaker, M.A., are patrons of the vicarage, valued at £122 a year, and the Rev. Arthur Henry Brereton is the incumbent. Dove House belongs to and is occupied by the Rev. James Watson Stote Donnison, M.A. This and several other scattered houses near Shotford Bridge, are in the Norfolk part of the parish. John Sancroft Holmes, Esq., of Gawdy Hall, is lord of the manor of Walsham Hall, and Lord Waveney is lord of the manors of Mendham King's Hall and Priory, and owner of Shotford Hall estate, &c. The copyholds are subject to arbitrary fines. Part of the great tithes has been purchased by the landowners, and Lord Waveney is impropriator of the remainder, which has been commuted for £270 per annum.

A Congregational Chapel, endowed with an estate at Topcroft, is in the Norfolk part of the parish.

A SCHOOL BOARD was established here in 1874, and consists of the Rev. A.H. Brereton (chairman), Messrs. Joseph Dimmock, W.P. Riches, J.J. Beaumont, John Munnings, C. Hayward, and C.W. Chaston. Mr George Good is clerk to the Board. The School was built to accommodate about 120 children; cost of building school about £1200. (see also our Suffolk work.)

POST from Harleston.

	Allured    Alfred            tailor
	Beaumont   James John        farm steward, Shotford hall
	Borrett    Edward            corn and flour dealer
	Borrett    Samuel            bricklayer, &c
	Bunn       Ambrose Edward    solicitor's clerk, secretary to
	             Nichols           Literary Club, and agent for the
	                               Liverpool, London, and Globe
	                               Insurance Co. The Chestnuts
	Charlish   Charles           butcher and farmer
	Crisp      Mrs Emma
	Donnison   Rev. James Watson
	             Stote, M.A.     Dove house
	Durrant    Mrs Mary &
	             Misses Mary
	             & Jane Louisa   day & boarding school, Laurel cottage
	Gibbs      Mrs Mary
	Gill       Robert            tailor and draper
	Gillman    Chas.             thrashing machine owner
	Gillman    Walter John       watchmaker
	Goodwin    Frederick         farmer and owner, overseer and surveyor
	Ingate     George            draper, &c
	Leguen de  Mons Eugene
	  Lacroix    François Louis  White house  [see note below]
	Miles      John Rackham      stamp distributor, agent for the Life
	                               Association of Scotland Insurance
	                               Co.; and farmer, Stamp office
	Nichols    John William      farmer
	Pratt      Mr James          The Beeches
	Prime      Mrs Rachel
	Read       Henry James       farmer
	Reeve      John              victualler, Sir Robert Peel Inn
	Shibley    Walter            vict. Magpie Hotel (commercial and
	                               posting), and wine and spirit
	Smith      Charles           saddler
	Vincent    Arthur Edward     auctioneer, valuer, house, land and
	                               estate agent, public accountant,
	                               and collector, and agent for the
	                               Gresham Insurance Co.
	Wells      James             lodgings

Note: in the original this is:
     Leguen de, Lacroix Mons Eugene François Louis, White house
See also the Mendham parish page.

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December 2009