The parish includes Whitten green and Reedham Ferry, about 1 mile W., and the modern hamlet of Berney Arms, 3 miles N.E. of the church; all on the banks of the Yare. It comprises 614 inhabitants, and 3241 acres, of which 2163 are marsh, or meadow, and 1067 arable.
J.F. Leathes, and T.T. Berney, Esqrs., are the principal owners, and the former is lord of the manor and patron of the rectory, which is valued in the King's Book at £18, and in 1831, at £607, with the vicarage of Freethorpe annexed to it, and now enjoyed by the Rev. Fred. Leathes, the brother of the patron. The glebe here is 92A. 1R. 9P., and the tithes have been commuted for £520 per annum.
The Church (St. John the Baptist,) has a handsome marble monument, with effigies of Thomas Guybon, his wife, and children; also several inscriptions to the Berneys, one of whom rebuilt the hall in 1557. It has recently been thoroughly repaired and beautified at the cost of upwards of £500, exclusive of the chancel, which was restored at the expense of the late rector.
A National School, of brick and stone, in the Elizabethan style, was erected here in 1844, at the expense of the patron and incumbent, aided by grants from the National School Society and the Committee of Council on Education. It has room for 100 children.
Here is a small Primitive Methodist Chapel.
Marked * are at Whitten Green.
Barnes James millwright Bee Robert cooper Blanchflower Thos. C. druggist (and Loddon) Case Wm. vict. Ship * Chaster Francis joiner Goffen Edward vict. Lord Nelson Goffen Rd. vict. Brickmakers' Arms Goffen Jas. lime burner & coal dlr Hall James boat builder * Jones Samuel bricklayer Kidall Robert corn miller & mercht Leathes Rev Frederic Rectory * Layton Henry beerhouse keeper Maddison George relieving officer Neale John vict. Railway Arms * Robbins Rev William Rushmer Robert vict. Berney Arms Rushmer James cattle dealer Sales John blacksmith Butchers. Shoemakers. Collins Daniel Anguish John Leeder Richard * Barnes Wm. Playford John FARMERS. Shopkeepers. Benns John Barton Wm. Benns Philip Hindle Nathl. (& blacksmith) Browne Robert Lines Julius (and tailor) Burgess James Smith Samuel Cockerill Ezekiel Stone Benj. (and brickmaker) Gown Henry Hoggett Jermh. Jary Mary
RAILWAY - Trains several times a day, to Norwich & Yarmouth.
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