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Norfolk: Shelfanger

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

[Transcription copyright © Pat Newby]

SHELFANGER, 2½ miles N. of Diss, is a parish in Guiltcross union, Diss hundred, petty sessional division, and county court district, Ipswich bankruptcy district, Diss polling district of South Norfolk, Redenhall rural deanery, and Norfolk archdeaconry. It had 341 inhabitants in 1881, living on 1681 acres, and has a rateable value of £2561 10s. The Duke of Norfolk owns part of the soil, and is lord of the manor, in which the fines are arbitrary; but Robert Ellis, R. Kershaw, and William Holmes, Esqs., have estates here.

The CHURCH (All Saints) is of the Late-Decorated period. It comprises nave, chancel, and square tower with five bells, and was completely restored in 1866. The rectory, valued in the King's Book at £17, is in the patronage of Albert Smith, Esq., of Sheffield, and in the incumbency of his son, the Rev. Clement Ogle Blakelock, M.A., who has 35A. 0R. 12P. of glebe, and a yearly tithe rent-charge of £555. The Rev. T.B. Morris, who died in 1863, was rector of this parish for the long period of 60 years.

The School, a handsome building erected by the patron in 1864, is attended by about 40 children. A residence for the mistress is provided.

The Baptists and the Wesleyans have each a chapel here.

The Poor's Land, 3 acres, let for £12, 4 acres, let for £16 5s., and 3 acres, let for £7, left by Roger Dade, in 1684, and Sarah Franklin, in 1703. The rent is distributed in bread and money.

A natural mineral spring was discovered a few years ago by Mr. A.C. Farrington, the water of which contains magnesia and iron. Among other objects of interest in the neighbourhood are the remains of some old mineral baths, supposed to have been built in the reign of Edward I.

POST OFFICE at Mr. George Youell's. Letters from Diss arrive at 7.40 a.m., despatched at 5.40 p.m.; Sundays, 11.40 a.m.

	Anness     William Rutland    grocer, drpr. and farmer, Westhall
	Baker      Edward             farmer
	Banham     James              bricklayer
	Barker     -                  farm steward to Duke of Norfolk
	Bean       Jas.               fowl dlr. & vict. Cross Keys
	Betts      William            dealer, Tonbridge villa
	Blakelock  Rev. Clement
	             Ogle, M.A.       rector
	Chaplin    Edward             carpenter and joiner
	Chapman    Thos.              frmr. Shelfanger hall
	Clarke     James              shopkpr. & blacksmith
	Cobb       Stimson            shoemaker
	Ellis      Robert             farmer, The Lodge
	Elsey      Philip             farmer, Church farm
	Farrington Anthony Charles,
	             Esq., M.R.C.S.,
	             L.R.C.P.         Spa house
	Fisher     Joseph King        vict. Crown
	Huggins    Charles            farmer
	Kershaw    Richard            farmer
	Layn       John               wheelwright
	Pearce     Arthur             carpenter
	Porcher    Harvey             shoemaker
	Scarfe     Edgar              farmer
	Shulver    Exors. of the
	             late Jas.        farmers
	Spurdens   Robert             farmer
	Wright     Samuel             shoemaker
	Welton     W.                 parish clerk
	Youells    George             tailor

See also the Shelfanger parish page.

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August 2009