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Norfolk: Barnham Broom

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

[Transcription copyright © Pat Newby]

BARNHAM-BROOM is a small village, four miles N. by W. of Wymondham, and 9 miles W. of Norwich. Its parish includes the hamlet of Bickerston, or Bixton, nearly a mile N. of the church, and contains 494 inhabitants, and 1710A. of land, chiefly the property of Lord Wodehouse, lord of the manor of Barnham-Rysks and Bickerston; but the corporation of Norwich have a farm here of 90A., and are lords of the manor of Barnham Hawkins. (See page 136 [which is the entry for the BARNHAM-BROOM ESTATE, in the Charities of Norwich].)

The CHURCH (St. Peter and St. Paul) has a lofty tower and five bells. It is a rectory, valued in the King's Book at £12. 8s. 1½d., and in 1831 at £540, with the vicarage of Kimberley annexed to it, in the gift of Lord Wodehouse, and incumbency of the Hon. and Rev. Armine Wodehouse. Bickerston had anciently a church, the foundations of which are still visible. The CHURCH LAND is let for £4 per annum.

The TOWN LANDS, which had been vested in trust from the time of Henry VIII., were exchanged at the enclosure, in 1811, for 10A. 26P., let for £15 a year, which is carried to the poor rates, together with about £12 received yearly as the rent of five cottages. The FUEL ALLOTMENT, awarded at the enclosure, consists of 18A. 3R. 29P., on which the poor cut turves, and let the feeding for £8 a year, which is distributed in coals.

Here is a NATIONAL SCHOOL, erected four years ago, and attended by about 80 children.


	Wodehouse  Hon. and Rev.
	             Armine       Rectory
	Atkins     Robert         miller
	Buckenham  John           vetrny. surgeon
	Child      Mr. Wm.
	Child      Thos.          blacksmith
	Cranness   Thos. H.       shoemaker
	Cunningham Caleb          beer house, Bell
	Elliott    Norris         shopkeeper
	Hipkin     Sarah          school
	Howlett    John           wheelwright
	Howlett    Matilda
	             and Lydia    shopkeepers
	Jacob      Robt.          shopkeeper
	King       George         wheelwright
	Lebbel     Thos.          blacksmith
	Mitton     Geo.           cattle dealer
	Sayer      Wm.            school
	Turner     Mr. Wm. and
	             Mrs. Sarah


	Bayes      Wm. John       Mills      Mary
	Cunningham John           Norton     J.
	Hipkin     John           Thwaites   John Thurlow
	Liddelow   Robt.          Watson     Ann

Note: The format of the directory has been changed.

See also the Barnham Broom parish page.

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January 2016