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Norfolk: Great Witchingham

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

[Transcription copyright © Pat Newby]

WITCHINGHAM (GREAT) is a parish containing 2153A. 3R. 7P. of land, 624 inhabitants, and 129 houses, mostly in the hamlet or village of LENWADE, near Lenwade Bridge, on the north side of the river Wensum, 3½ miles S. of Reepham, and 10 miles N.W. of Norwich. The soil belongs chiefly to Chas. Kett Tompson, and Peter Le Neve Foster, Esqrs., the former of whom resides at the Hall, a large brick mansion, with embattled towers, and pleasant grounds, on the north bank of the Wensum.

John Norris, Esq., who died in 1777, founded the Norrissian professorship at Cambridge, and built what is now called Witchingham Old Hall. Peter Le Neve, Esq., who died in 1724, was the first president of the Antiquarian Society, and in 1704 was made Richmond herald, and norroy king-at-arms. Two other worthies of this parish were, John Brettin, bishop of Hereford, who died in 1275; and Sir Wm. Wychingham, Judge of the Common Pleas, in 1363.

Eades Mill is partly in Whitwell parish. There is a corn mill, and large inn, near the bridge, at Lenwade.

The Church (St. Mary) stands on an eminence, about a mile N. of Lenwade Bridge, and is a handsome structure, with a square tower, and two bells.

The vicarage, valued in the King's Book at £5, is consolidated with the rectory of Little Witchingham, and enjoyed by the Rev. Wm. Howard, who has 34A. 1R. 4P. of glebe, and has lately rebuilt the Parsonage House. The joint benefices were valued in 1831 at £700 per annum. In 1843, the tithes were commuted for the following yearly rents, viz., those of Little Witchingham for £236; the vicarial tithes of Great Witchingham for £250, and the rectorial tithes for £488 12s. The patronage, and the appropriation of the latter, belong to New College, Oxford, together with the manors of Witchingham-Longville, Weston-Longville, and their members, for which E.R. Grigson, Esq., of Watton, is steward.

The Methodists have a chapel at Lenwade.

John Norris, Esq., in 1777, left £400, Three per Cent. Consols, in trust, to apply the dividends for the education of 12 poor children of Great Witchingham parish, who are now taught in the National School, erected about 15 years ago, at the expense of C.K. Tompson, Esq.

The Church Land is 15 acres, let for about £15. The Fuel Allotment, awarded at the enclosure, in 1811, comprises 25A. 3R. 11P., of which 3½ acres is let for £5, and the remainder is used by the poor, who cut turf upon it. In 1674, Oliver Le Neve charged certain lands with the yearly payment of £6, to be applied as follows:- £5. 4s., in a weekly distribution of 2s. worth of bread; 6s., for the poor, at Christmas; and 10s. to the trustees for their trouble. Peter Le Neve Foster, Esq., who holds the rectorial tithes of the parish, under a lease from New College, Oxford, is bound by the covenant contained therein, to provide and distribute among the poor parishioners 10 bushels of peas yearly, on Ash Wednesday.

All except those marked * are at LENWADE.

	  Blyth    Robert            machine mkr. wheelwright, and
	                               vict. King's Head
	  Boyce    Barrington        blacksmith
	  Breese   Matthew           saddler, &c
	  Brigham  Henry             grocer and draper
	  Brigham  Elizabeth         baker
	  Buxton   Wm. Tempce.       Coffee House
	  Campling Mrs.
	  Cann     Geo.              schoolr
	  Dunt     Ricd. & John      joiners & bldrs
	  Dutt     Hy.               corn miller and merchant
	  Eggett   Hannah            milliner
	  Ellett   John              tailor   [see note below]
	  Ellett   Thos.             carrier  [see note below]
	  Henley   Wm. and C.        gentlemen
	* Howard   Rev. Wm.          Vicarage
	  Howlett  Benj.             shoemaker & shopkr
	  Hubbard  Richard           thatcher
	  Large    John              butcher
	* Neale    Wm.               beerhouse keeper
	  Osborn   Fanny             Natl. School mistress
	  Palmer   Geo.              blacksmith & shopkr
	  Siggens  Benjamin          shopkeeper
	  Spooner  Robert            tailor
	  Taylor   Henry             baker
	  Thomas   Thomas            bricklayer
	* Tompson  Charles Kett and
	             H.K. Esqrs.     Witchingham Hall
	  Thurling James             vict. Bridge Inn
	  Verdon   John              auctioneer & land agt
	  Waters   Robt.             wheelgt. and gig mkr
	* Wilden   John              miller, Eades Mill


	  Dann     John
	  Dann     Wm.
	* Ebbetts  John
	* Knights  George
	* Leeds    Robert
	  Plane    Wm.
CARRIERS to Norwich, Fakenham, &c. call at the Bridge Inn
Note: in the original, this is:
     Ellett John, tailor, & Thos. carrier
See also the Great Witchingham parish page.

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August 2007