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RIDDLESWORTH is a parish on the Little Ouse river and on the borders of Suffolk, 5 miles south from Harling Road station on the Thetford and Norwich section of the London and North Eastern railway, and 6 east of Thetford, in the Southern division of the county, Guiltcross and Shropham petty sessional division, Guiltcross hundred, Thetford rural deanery and county court district, rural deanery of Rockland, archdeaconry of Norfolk and diocese of Norwich.
The church of St. Peter is an ancient building of stone in the Early English style, consisting of chancel, nave, south porch and an embattled western tower containing one bell: there are 150 sittings. The register dates from the year 1686. The living is a rectory, consolidated with those of Gasthorpe and Knettishall (Suffolk), joint net yearly value £410, including 60 acres of glebe, with residence, in the gift of W.N.L. Champion esq. J.P. and held since 1924 by the Rev. Thomas William Adam M.A. of Keble College, Oxford, hon. C.F.
The charities consist of the Thornhill bequest, producing £2 5s. and Harriet Tylor's charity, £5 annually for the poor.
Riddlesworth Hall, a fine mansion of white brick with stone dressings in the Italian style, standing in a well-wooded park of 176 acres, was destroyed by fire in 1898, but rebuilt in 1900 in the Classic style, from designs by Mr. H. Green, of Norwich, and is the property and residence of William Needham Longden Champion esq. J.P. lord of the manor and sole landowner.
The soil is light loam; subsoil, chalky. The chief crops are barley, oats and turnips. The area is 1,167 acres; the population in 1921 was 96 in the civil and 223 in the ecclesiastical parish.
Nearest post office is at Gasthorpe. Letters through Diss. Hopton is the nearest Money Order & Telegraph office
Adam Rev. Thomas William M.A., hon C.F. (rector), Rectory Champion William Needham Longden J.P. Riddlesworth hall
Downing William Robert farm bailiff to W.N.L. Champion esq. J.P. Riddlesworth farm Gooding Jn. Stuart Lacey estate agt. to W.N.L. Champion esq J.P. The Home farm Saville Harry head gardener to W.N.L. Champion esq J.P. Scillitoe Edwd. head gamekeeper to W.N.L. Champion esq J.P.
See also the Riddlesworth parish page.
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