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

[Transcription copyright © Pamela Littlefair]

SHROPHAM, which gives name to this Hundred, is a scattered village and parish, 5 miles N. by W. of East Harling, comprising 513 souls, and 2596 acres of land, lying in the three manors of Breccles-Parva, Pakenhams, and Bradcar Hall. Henry D'Esterre Hemsworth, Esq., of Shropham Hall, is lord of the first; and the trustees of the Great Hospital, Norwich, are lords of the other manors and also patrons of the vicarage, valued in the King's Book at 8.13s.9d., and in 1831, at 304. The Rev. J.B. Thompson is the incumbent. The Primitive Methodists have a small chapel here.

In the village is a School, supported by subscription. The Fuel Allotment, 58A.2R.22P., was awarded at the enclosure, in 1801, to all the parishioners not occupying above 10 per year, who cut turf upon it. The Town Lands comprise 35A.1R.39P., let for 34, which is carried to the poor-rates. The parish has also a cottage, occupied by paupers.

Directory:

	Hemsworth  H.D., Esq.        Hall
	Thorpe     Rev.Wm.Smith,B.A. Curate

	Brame      Wm.               shopkeeper
	Clarke     Samuel            shopkeeper
	Gregory    Thomas            blacksmith
	Harvey     James             wheelwright
	Threadgill Jacob             beer seller

	  Corn millers            Farmers
	Sayer      Wm.          Ames     Robert
	Mann       John         Finch    Joshua
                                Mann     John
                                Newdick  Charles

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

[Transcription copyright © Pamela Littlefair]

SHROPHAM, which gives name to this hundred, is a scattered village and parish 5 miles N. by W. of East Harling, 3 miles N. by W. from Eccles Road Station, in Wayland union, Attleborough county court district, Norwich bankruptcy district, Guiltcross and Shropham petty sessional division, Shropham hundred, Attleborough polling district of South Norfolk, Rockland rural deanery, and Norfolk archdeaconry.

It had 433 inhabitants in 1881, living on 2678 acres, and has a rateable value of 3403.10s. The parish lies in the three manors of Breccles-Parva, Pakenhams, and Bradcar Hall. The trustees of H.T. Hemsworth are lords of the first, and the trustees of the Great Hospital, Norwich, are lords of the other manors, and also patrons of the vicarage, valued in the King's Books at 8.13s.9d.

The Rev. William Robbins, M.A. is the incumbent, and has a good residence, built in 1851, and a yearly tithe rent-charge of 277.10s. The CHURCH (St. Peter), a plain building, consisting of nave, chancel, aisles, and square tower containing five bells, was restored in 1867, and has 250 sittings. The Primitive Methodists have a small chapel here.

The Fuel Allotment, 58A.2R.22P., was awarded at the enclosure, in 1801, to all the parishioners not occupying above 10 a year, who formerly cut turf upon it, but the proceeds are now distributed annually to the poor in coal. The Town Lands comprise 35A.1R.39P., let for 55, which is carried to the poor rates. The parish has also two cottages, let under the same trust.

Post from Thetford arrives at 7.35 a.m. Wall Box at school cleared at 6.30 p.m. Hockham is the nearest Money Order Office, 2 miles; and Wretham Telegraph Office, 4 miles.

	Allen    George          victualler, White Horse
	Barker   John            farmer, Grange farm
	Barker   Wm. Redhead
                   Edmd. Esq.    Barrister-at-law, The Hall
	Barnard  Henry           brickmaker
	Dack     Mrs. Sarah      national schoolmistress
	Eke      Evret           vict. Three Horse Shoes, and blacksmith
	Finsham  Isaac           cattle dealer
	Goddard  Edward          farmer
	Gregory  George          blacksmith
	Hunt     George          Bricklayer and parish clerk
	Loughlin James           grocer and draper
	Mann     Fairman Joseph  farmer, Manor house
	Moore    Robert          shoemaker
	Nobbs    Miss Ann        shopkeeper
	Robbins  Rev. Wm. M.A.   vicar
	Rose     Mrs. C.         draper and grocer
	Saunders George          shoemaker
	Sayer    John            miller and farmer, Mill farm
	Sayer    John junr.      corn miller
	Warman   Wm.             farmer, Hockham lodge