Norfolk: Aldeby


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

[Transcription copyright © Richard Johns]

ALDEBY, a parish of scattered houses on the East Suffolk Railway, in the vale of the Waveney, 3 miles N.E. of Beccles and 16 miles S.E. by E. of Norwich, is in Loddon and Clavering union, Beccles county court district, Yarmouth bankruptcy district, Loddon and Clavering petty sessional division, Clavering hundred, Toft Monks polling district of South Norfolk, East Brooke rural deanery, and Norfolk archdeaconry.

It had 642 inhabitants in 1881, living on 3268 acres of land, and has a rateable value of £4,412, and a gross rental of £5,410.10s. The manor, in which the copyholds pay small certain fines, was held in the reign of William the Conqueror by Stigand, Archbishop of Canterbury, and now belongs to the Ecclesiastical Commissioners, who also own the tithes. The trustees of Ampton School, Suffolk, own the Hall farm (380 acres), and the rest of the land belongs to Caleb Colman, Esq., Messrs. J. Mapleston, Robert Hunt, A. Carman, and others.

The CHURCH (St. Mary's) is an ancient structure of brick and rubble, with occasional facings of flint, and consists of nave, chancel, south chancel aisle, north transept, north porch, and square embattled tower. The tower rises at the intersection of the nave, chancel, and transept, and contains four bells. The style of the church is mainly Early English, with a fine Norman arch over the west door. The north porch is a good specimen of a later period. In the chancel are a sedile and a piscina. The west doorway is a fine specimen of Norman architecture. The church was restored in 1880 at a cost of £500.

The Registers date from 1558.

The Dean and Chapter of Norwich are patrons of the living, which is a vicarage valued at £299, and now in the incumbency of the Rev. Jesse Gillett. There is a good parsonage-house, built in 1842 out of Queen Anne's Bounty fund, and enlarged in 1881. The tithes were commuted in 1840 for £735 per annum, and are held on lease by the Carpenter family. In the church was a chapel dedicated [to] St. Furceus, to which certain tithes belonged, and certain offerings were made to the saint.

Adjoining the building was a priory of Benedictine monks, founded about 1100 by Agnes, wife of Robert de Kia, as a cell to the Priory of Norwich. At the Dissolution the whole of the property came to the Crown, and the prior was made a prebendary in the Cathedral of Norwich. The remains of the priory have been converted into a dwelling-house. Blomfield mentions an agreement, dated 1310, which allowed the prior to take marl out of the great common of Aldeby 'to marle his lands.'

The National School is a brick building, erected in 1840, a class-room being added in 1875. It is attended by about 120 children.

The Poor's Allotment, awarded at the enclosure in 1806, is about 22 acres, let for £60 a year, which is distributed in coal.

POST OFFICE at Mr. William Lee's. Letters via Beccles arrive at 9.15 a.m. and depart at 5 p.m.

         Balls       William         vict., Dun Cow Inn
         Beare       James           assistant overseer and butcher
         Beare       Mr Robert
         Beare       Robert, jun.    butcher
         Beckett     Robert          miller
         Blyth       William         farmer, The Priory
         Carman      Mr Allington    The Grange
         Carman      Allington, jun. farmer, Grange farm; house Haddiscoe
         Clarke      Mrs Jane        farmer
         Day         John            market gardener
         Emms        Samuel          brickmaker
         Flaxman     Robert          farmer
         Futter      James           parish clerk
         Gillett     Rev Jesse       vicar, The Vicarage
         Gowing      William         shopkeeper
         Grimmer     Jas             farmer & mket gardener
         Hadingham   William         farmer
         Jeffries    William         farmer
         Jex         Miss Harriet    farmer, Hall farm
         Kemp        William         brick foreman
         Knights     Wm.             vict., The Tuns Inn
         Lee         Wm.             grocer, cowkeeper, & postmaster
         Mapleston   John            farmer, landowner, treasurer to
                                       National School, The Grove
         Mayhew      Thos.           farmer and surveyor
         Mickelburgh Pascoe William  farmer, East End farm
         Mickelburgh William Blandon farmer, landowner, overseer, & assessor
                                       & collector of taxes, Aldeby House
         Mills       Alfred          grocer and draper, and provision dealer
         Mills       George          shoemaker
         Muttitt     Alfred          farmer
         Newson      Wm.             blksmith & wheelwright
         Tyrrell     Miss H.         Nl. schoolmistress
         Wright      Aaron           bricklayer
         Wright      George          stationmaster
         Wright      Mrs Mary Ann    farmer, Sutton's farm

RAILWAY, G.E.R. -- Trains to and from Beccles and Yarmouth for all parts daily. Geo Wright, stationmaster.

See also the Aldeby parish page.

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November 1999