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Norfolk: Tibenham

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

[Transcription copyright © Pat Newby]

TIBENHAM, anciently Tybenham, is a large village and parish about two miles and a half N.W. of Tivetshall Station, 3½ miles E. of New Buckenham, and 14 miles S.W. by S. of Norwich. It is in Depwade union, hundred, and petty sessional division, Wymondham county court district, Norwich bankruptcy district, Stratton polling district of South Norfolk, Depwade rural deanery, and Norfolk archdeaconry. It had 629 inhabitants in 1881, and has 3300 acres. Its rateable value is £4395 10s. The soil belongs to many owners, the largest of whom are Sir R. Jacob Buxton, Bart., M.P., and Mrs. M.L. Petre.

The CHURCH (All Saints) comprises nave, chancel, south aisle with clerestory, noble square tower containing a fine peal of six bells, and surmounted by symbols of the four evangelists. At the east of the aisle is a chapel, dedicated to St. Nicholas, on the walls of which are three brasses: one to the memory of Robert Buxton, who died 1528; the other two to the memory of John Buxton, who died in 1572.

The rectorial tithes are taken by the Ecclesiastical Commissioners. The vicarage, which is in the gift of the Bishop of Norwich, was valued in the King's books at £7 6s. 8d., and is now in the incumbency of Rev. Thomas William Thompson, M.A. It was augmented in 1816 by a grant from Queen Anne's Bounty of £1000, and £380 given by a former vicar. These sums, except £118, were laid out in 1831 on the purchase of land, which, together with churchyard and a small allotment, constitute a glebe of 24A. 1R. 34P. The tithes were commuted in 1836 - rectorial for £782 5s., and vicarial for £327 1s. The vicarage house is an excellent residence, built by a grant from Ecclesiastical Commissioners in 1880.

There are various memorials of the Buxton family in this church. In the south aisle is a quaint gallery, or pew, erected under a faculty granted by Archbishop Laud for the special use of the Buxtons. St. Nicholas chapel being assigned by him for the use of the servants of their household. In front of the pew are carved their armorial bearings. The family formerly occupied Channonz Hall in this parish, a fine mansion at that time, of which a handsome and interesting portion still remains. The pulpit and sounding board are elaborately carved and gilt. They are of the Jacoban [sic] period. The font is supported by eight round shafts.

The church land comprises 40A. 2R. 16P. in Winfarthing, and lets for £60 per annum. It was left originally by William Lynster, of Tybenham, whose will bears date 1493. This estate, as shown in ancient records discovered in 1882, at Shadwell Court, the present seat of the Buxton family, was seized by the Crown in 1585, granted to Mr. Robert Buxton, and by him vested in trustees, the rent to be applied 'ad suum proprium usum.' The Guildhall in Tybenham and yard adjoining, were a part of the same trust.

There are six almshouses for the poor; and a Clothing Club supported by the landowners. A Primitive Methodist Chapel built in 1848; a handsome Board School and teacher's residence erected in 1876. The Schoolroom affords accommodation for 127 children.

POST OFFICE at Mrs. Maria West's. Letters arrive at 8.30 a.m., and are despatched at 4.30 p.m. viâ Long Stratton. The nearest Money Order and Telegraph Office is at New Buckenham.

	Aldous     John             frmr. Channonz hall
	Banham     Robert           bricklayer
	Barnard    Miss Lois        farmer & owner
	Beswick    Henry            schoolmaster
	Betts      Alfred B.        farmer, Hill farm
	Betts      Mrs John
	Blyth      Edward           farmer
	Brewster   Hy.              farmer & machinist
	Bullwer    John             farmer and owner
	Catchpole  Thomas           farmer
	Colchester John             farmer
	Coleman    Joseph           parish clerk
	Coleman    William          carpenter
	Cook       James Edward     farmer
	Dade       Mrs Sarah        vict. Boot Inn
	Dordery    Edmund Bale      farmer
	Dordery    Henry            farmer
	Everett    George           blacksmith
	Foreman    E.C.             vict. Grey Hound Inn
	Fox        David            general shopkeeper
	Gordon     Geo.             farmer; h Mundesley
	Gurling    J.F.             frmr. & miller, Manor hs
	Hardy      Mrs Eliza        farmer
	Lane       Henry Bowers     farmer
	Lester     William          farmer
	Manser     George           shoemaker
	Moss       Simon            coal dealer
	Mullinger  Robert           farmer
	Pearson    John J.          farmer, Old hall
	Pearson    Mrs Lucy Ann     farmer
	Read       John             farmer
	Ribbons    Charles          skin dealer
	Rudd       Robert           farmer
	Self       Christopher      farmer
	Self       Joseph Mitson    farmer
	Smith      John             farmer
	Smith      Wiliam           farmer
	Stimpson   John             farmer & drill-man
	Thompson   Rev. T.W., M.A.  vicar and surrogate
	Thrower    John             blacksmith
	Turner     John             farmer & machinist
	Turner     Thomas           farmer
	Turner     William          tailor
	Warren     Walter           pork butcher
	Watling    Walter           wheelwright
	Westgate   George           farmer
	West       Mrs Maria        shpkpr. & Post Office

See also the Tibenham parish page.

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September 2015