SCOLE, or OSMONDISTON, is a pleasant village and parish, on the north bank of the river Waveney, and upon the Norwich and Ipswich road, 2 miles E. by S. of Diss. It has 685 inhabitants, and about 850 acres of land, but the parishes of Frenze and Thorpe Parva are united with it for the support of the poor, and they contain together 1454 assessable acres, and 749 souls. Scole belongs to several proprietors, but Sir Edward Kerrison is lord of the manor, (fines arbitrary.) Scole Lodge, a large handsome mansion, is the seat of Mrs. Jane Whitaker.
Scole Inn is a large brick building, adorned with imagery and carved work, and formerly noted for a very large sign, forming an arch across the road, containing a great number of large statues, and executed by Fairchild, at the cost of £1057. Here was a round bed, big enough to hold 15 or 20 couples; but this and the costly sign were destroyed above 60 years ago.
The Church (St. Andrew,) has a tower and one bell, and has lately been thoroughly repaired and beautified. The rectory, valued in the King's Book at £9, is in the gift of Sir E. Kerrison, and now enjoyed by the Rev. W. Holmes, M.A., who has about 25A. of glebe, and a yearly rent of £280 in lieu of tithes. The churchwardens have two cottages, and 2R. 11P. of land, let for £7.
A fair for horses and toys, is held here on Easter Tuesday.
The POST-OFFICE is at Scole Inn, whence letters are despatched to Norwich, at 4 morning, to Bury, &c., at 6 evening, and to Harleston Bungay, Eye, &c. daily. Coaches and Carriers from Norwich to Ipswich, Bury, &c. daily.
Alcock John gent. Aldous Robt. joiner & vict. King's Head Amyot Thomas Edward surgeon Barber Samuel corn miller Bass Wm. & Henry wheelwrights Chaston William hair dresser Cracknell James vict. Greyhound Fulcher Miss Harbour Isaac bricklayer Haynes Hy. vict. Scole Inn, (posting) Hill George horse dealer Holmes Rev Wm., M.A. rector Hunt Levi beer seller Lee Misses H. & G. Shrubbery Lewis Henry James gentleman Ling Charles plumber, painter, &c Pettit Charles basket maker Rayner Thomas carpenter Read George tailor and draper Rodwell Elizabeth blacksmith Scrivener John baker Smith Geo. gent. Spurling and Smith ladies' school Walker Miss A. Whitaker Mrs Jane Scole Lodge Wright Edward hawker FARMERS. Shoemakers. Mines Thomas Debenham Jas. Mole Robert Harold Samuel Mallows Samuel GROCERS. Rogers John Scarf Wm. Tricker Fredk. White Thomas
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