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Norfolk: East Rudham

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

RUDHAM (EAST) is a considerable village, on the Lynn road, 7 miles W. of Fakenham, celebrated for two large annual fairs for cattle and merchandise, held on May 17th and October 14th, under a charter granted by King John to the ancient and honourable family of Belet, who long held this parish, and founded in it Coxford Priory, on the banks of a rivulet, nearly 2 miles E. of the village, adjacent to Tattersett. This extensive priory, of which, but little is known, had a boundary wall enclosing about 30 acres, and two large pieces of it, with a noble arch, are still standing. It was granted at the dissolution to Thomas, Duke of Norfolk. A small pot of Roman coins was dug up amongst the ruins, in 1719.

East Rudham has increased its population since 1801, from 572 to 994 souls, and has in its parish 3,903A. 2R. 10P. of land, but only 3,779 acres are assessable. Most of it belongs to Lord Charles Townshend, the lord of the manor, and patron of the CHURCH, (St Mary,) which has a low embattled tower, and is a rectory, valued in the King's Book at 6. 6s. 8d., and united with the vicarage of West Rudham, in the incumbency of the Rev. Thomas Bland. The joint benefices were valued in 1831 at 407. The tithes of the two parishes were commuted in 1839, at 560 per annum to the incumbent, and 995 to the impropriator.

The Fuel Allotment, 20A., was awarded in 1821; and the poor have 5 a year, from Lady Berkeley's charity, left in 1617.

	Bland     Rev. Thomas      Rectory
	Bower     J.W.             veterinary surgeon
	Bridges   John             blacksmith, Coxford
	Defew     George           saddler
	Drage     John             grocer, draper, chandler, and seed and
	                              spirit merchant
	Everitt   Edward           plumber & glazier
	Frost     Hy.              parish clerk & schoolmr.
	Jackson   John             joiner and builder
	Kitton    Robert           grocer and draper
	Manby     Edward & Fredk.  surgeons
	Mays      William          vict., Crown Inn
	Page      William          carpenter and victualler, White Horse
	Rathborn  Mrs. Ann
	Raven     John             miller
	Rowle     Thos.            joiner & cabinet maker
	Rye       William          vict., Ranger, Coxford
	Sampson   William          saddler
	Tipple    William          plumber, &c.
	Upjohn    Francis Robert   surgeon and registrar
	Wright    Richard          tinner, &c.

	   Bakers.                    FARMERS.

	Barker    George           Billing   John, Coxford
	Glasswell John             Freeman   John
	Raven     J. (miller)      Stedman   John
	Rolling   William

	   Beer Houses.               Shoemakers.

	Kendall   Philip           Green     Charles
	Powell    Sarah            Sillis    William
	Stapleton John             Tipple    John
	                           Toll      John

	   Blacksmiths.               Tailors.

	Kendall   John             Mason     Henry
	Newell    Henry            Parker    Edward
	Powell    Thomas           Riches    Thomas


	Franks    Robert
	Pitcher   Ward
	Sayer     Robert
	Swallow   Shadh.
POST OFFICE at the Crown Inn. Letters from Rougham daily.

CARRIERS to Norwich, &c., calling at the Inns.

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See also the East Rudham parish page.

Copyright Pat Newby.
January 2002