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 to Diss station, 3 miles to Diss Market Place, 2 miles E. by S. of Diss. It is in Depwade union, Diss hundred, county court, and petty sessional division, Ipswich bankruptcy district, Diss polling district of South Norfolk, Redenhall rural deanery, and Norfolk archdeaconry.
It had 637 inhabitants in 1881, living on 820 acres, and has a rateable value of £2952. The parishes of Frenze and Thorpe Parva and Billingford are united with it for the support of the poor, and they contain together 1528 assessable acres, and 720 inhabitants. Scole belongs to several proprietors, but Sir Edward C. Kerrison, Bart., Oakley Park, is lord of the manor (fines arbitrary).
Scole Lodge, a handsome mansion, is the seat of Frederick Crawshay, Esq. The Shrubbery, another neat residence, is the seat of William Calverley Curteis, Esq., D.C.L., J.P. 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, in 1655, at a cost of £1057. Here was a round bed, big enough to hold 30 or 40 soldiers; but this and the costly sign were destroyed above 100 years ago.
The CHURCH (St. Andrew) comprises nave, chancel, south aisle, and square tower with one bell, and was restored and reseated in 1873, when a south porch and a new vestry were added at a total cost of £1200, raised by voluntary contributions. There is a piscina at the east end of the aisle.
The rectory, valued in the King's Book at £9, is in the gift of Sir E.E.C. Kerrison, Bart., and incumbency of the Rev. Frederick Page Roberts, M.A., who has a good residence, built in 1863, about 28 acres of glebe, at a commuted yearly rent-charge of £258 10s., awarded in lieu of tithes.
The National School, with residence attached, was built in 1853 by subscription, and was enlarged in 1875 at a cost of £300.
Here was a large flax mill, belonging to Messrs. Costerton & Nayler, who employed about 100 hands, but it has been closed. A fair for horses and toys was formerly held here on Easter Tuesday. Several flint and metal celts and many Roman coins have been found in this parish.
POST OFFICE, MONEY ORDER OFFICE, and SAVINGS BANK. George Scutts, postmaster. Mail carts to Bungay, Harleston, Eye, Attleborough, Diss, and Botesdale daily, and rural messengers to Dickleburgh, Tivetshall, Mellis, Hoxne, Brockdish, and Needham. There are two deliveries of letters daily at 7 a.m. and 1 p.m. Box closes at 10.5 a.m. and 9.15 p.m. for London, and at 10 p.m. for Bungay, Diss, Eye, and Harleston. Sundays (no day mail).
Alston Mrs Anne Maria Brigden Edward Beecher parochial schoolmaster Browning William Benjamin butcher; h Hoxne Button William Frederick agent to the Royal Assurance Co. Red house Cooper Charles farmer Costerton Charles Fisher, district auditor to the Local Government Esq., J.P. Board, Scole house Crawshay Mr Wm. Fredk. Scole lodge Cunliffe Major-General Sunnyside George Gordon Curteis William Calverley, The Shrubbery Esq., LL.D., J.P. Debenham Jonathan wheelwright & carpenter Goodrich George & Son carpenters, builders, timber dealers, (George) steam saw mills, brick, tile, pipe & pottery manufacturers Green Frank victualler, King's Head Grimson John Christmas carpenter & victualler, Greyhound Harold George cabinet maker Harold George draper, hosier and milliner, Manchester house Harper James beerhouse Howells Harry basket maker Huggins James boot and shoemaker [see note 3 below] Jackson Mrs Amelia grocer Jackson Mrs Sophia Oak villa Jackson Wm. grocer, draper & farmer Kahler Hy. John baker & confectner Knight Robert boot & shoemaker Ling Sidney plumber and victualler, White Hart Mallows George shoemaker Mutimer Ephraim farmer Pettitt Alfred grocer, farmer and osier merchant Pretty George builder Bainer Sidney carpenter [see note 1 below] Read Miss Emily Scole villa Roberts Rev. Frederick The Rectory Page, M.A. Roberts Robert grocer and shopkeeper [see note 2 below] Rogers Henry farmer Rose Edgar boot and shoemaker [see note 3 below] Thrower William thatcher, and vermin destroyer Tucker Rev. John Rule, rector of Frenze M.A. Wood Mrs Eliza grocer and shopkeeper [see note 2 below] Woodcock John Frederick blacksmith
CARRIERS to Norwich, Chenery from Diss Wed. & Sat.; Minns from Eye, Wed. & Sat.
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