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Norfolk: West Rudham

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

RUDHAM (WEST), a parish and village adjoining the above [East Rudham], 8 miles W. by S. of Fakenham, is in Docking union, Fakenham county court district, Norwich bankruptcy district, Massingham polling district of West Norfolk, Gallow hundred and petty sessional division, Burnham rural deanery, and Norfolk archdeaconry. It had 473 inhabitants in 1881, living on 2835 acres, and has a rateable value of 3251.

A small brook, which runs through the village, gives rise to the river Wensum. The soil belongs to the Marquis of Cholmondeley, the Marquis of Townshend, and Mr. M. Dawson; and lies in the manors of Houghton, Castleacre, and Northall or St. Faith's.

The CHURCH (St. Peter) has a nave, south aisle, chancel, and a low square tower with three bells. The chancel contains a piscina and a harmonium. A chapel dedicated to All Saints was standing in the churchyard in 1493. The discharged vicarage, valued in the King's Book at 7 6s. 8d., is now consolidated with that of East Rudham.

Here is a chapel belonging to the New Connexion Methodists, built in 1864.

WALL LETTER-BOX cleared at 4.45 p.m., and on Sundays at 10.10 a.m., via Swaffham. Money Order Office at East Rudham. East Rudham Railway Station is about two miles from this parish.

	Armes     William     beerhouse & butcher
	Barrett   William     farmer & bricklayer
	Dann      John        shopkeeper and carrier
	Dawson    Moses       farmer
	Freuer    Wm.         agent for the Marquis of Cholmondeley,
	                        and valuer
	Howard    Henry       gardener
	Howitt    Mrs Mary    grocer and draper
	Jackson   Frederick   wheelwright
	Morton    John        farmer, The Hall
	Parker    Robert      tailor
	Payne     Samuel      blacksmith
	Powell    Richard     blacksmith
	Royston   Wm. Drage   frmr. Grove hs
	Savory    Edmund      farmer, Grange
	Toll      John        victualler, Duke's Head
CARRIER - J. Dann, to Lynn, Tues. Thurs. and Sat.
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See also the West Rudham parish page.

Copyright Pat Newby.
January 2002