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

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See also the Barnham Broom parish page.

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January 2016