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Norfolk: Stow Bardolph

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

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STOW-BARDOLPH, a small pleasant village, on the Lynn road, 2 miles N. by E. of Downham, has in its parish 1,046 inhabitants, and 5,695 acres, more than half of which is fen, but well cultivated, being drained and enclosed under acts passed in 1798 and 1802. About 2 miles W.N.W. of the village, is the hamlet of STOW-BRIDGE, on the river Ouse, where there is a FAIR for the sale of horses, cows, &c., on the Saturday after Whitsuntide.

Sir Thos. Hare, Bart., owns a great part of the soil, and is lord of the manors, which were purchased in 1553, by his ancestor, Sir Nicholas Hare, who was lord keeper of the great seal, and one of the privy-counsel of Queen Mary. He resides at STOW HALL, a stately mansion, with agreeable gardens and an extensive park, built in 1589, at the cost of £40,000, by Nicholas Hare, Esq., who also erected a spacious dormitory, for the interment of himself and family, adjoining the CHURCH, (Holy Trinity,) which has a nave, chancel, and a low square tower, with five bells. Among the monuments to the Hare family, is an altar-tomb of white marble, on which lies the effigy of Sir Thos. Hare, in the habit of a Roman.

The living is a discharged vicarage, valued in the King's Book at £6 6s. 8d., and in 1831 at £400, with the rectory of Wimbotsham annexed to it, in the incumbency of the Rev. John Clavering. Sir Thos. Hare is the patron, and also impropriator of the great tithes of this parish, which were commuted in 1845.

Here are six Almshouses, built by Sir Ralph Hare, Kt., who endowed them, in 1622, with 86A. 3R. of land, now let for £80 per annum; the whole of which, after the payment of incidental expenses, ought to be divided in money, coals, and cloathing [sic], among the six almspeople, who are generally poor widows, and are appointed by Sir Thos. Hare, the sole trustee. The Town Lands, 18A., are let for £29 10s. a year, which is carried to the overseers' accounts, but part of it ought to be dispensed in doles to the poor.

A little south of the church, is Pool House, an ancient building of flint and brick, supposed to have been a chapel or hermitage.

In the following Directory, those marked * are at Stow-Bridge.

	  Andrews   Henry              blacksmith
	* Barton    William            wheelwright
	* Beavis    Eliz.              victualler, Hare's Arms
	* Betts     William            surgeon
	  Capon     Robert             vict., Hare's Arms
	  Dashwood  Rev. George
	              Henry, M.A.      curate, Vicarage
	  Griggs    J.                 butcher
	  Hare      Sir Thomas, Bart.  Stow Hall
	* Harpley   John               blacksmith
	* Howlett   J.                 shopkeeper
	* Howlett   Robert             carpenter
	* Lee       Thomas             corn & coal merchant
	  Perry     William            joiner and builder
	* Pike      William            fellmonger
	* Reeve     Thomas             shopkeeper & miller
	  Riches    Henry              coal merchant, &c.


	* Barton    John               Judd       John
	* Beart     Robert           * Lalham     Michl.
	* Bell      John             * Lee        Richard
	  Betts     William          * Mann       Thomas
	* Bond      John             * Page       Jno., Fras.,
	* Brown     James                           Richd., & Thos.
	  Bush      George           * Rolfe      Edward
	* Chaplin   William          * Rolfe      William
	  Cawdron   Robert           * Sedgley    John
	* Danby     Charles            Sharpe     William
	* Dawson    Wm.                Stanford   Charles
	  Frith     Charles          * Steward    Wm.
	  Green     John             * Storrey    John
	* Griggs    William            Threadgill Wm.
	  Harrison  George             Westwood   J.T.
	* Hooton    James            * Whybro     Wm.
	  Hudson    John

	     Beer Houses.                 Tailors.

	* Bell      Gulby            * Gamble     A.
	* Bell      Thomas           * Harpley    Wm.
	* Bond      Charles
	* Gore      Thomas
	* Green     John
	* Jackson   Edw.
	* Lee       Henry
	* Lenton    John

	     Shoemakers.                  Wheelwrights.

	* Gore      Frederick        * Lockwood   John
	* Gore      Thomas           * Taylor     T.W.

See also the Stow Bardolph parish page.

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July 2015