William White's History, Gazetteer, and Directory of Norfolk 1883
BODHAM, near the source of the small river Glaven, 3 miles E. of Holt, is a parish in Erpingham union, Holt county court district, Norwich bankruptcy district, Holt petty sessional division, Holt hundred, Holt polling district of North Norfolk, Holt rural deanery, and Norwich archdeaconry. It had 302 inhabitants in the year 1881, living on 1640 acres, and has a rateable value of £2083, and a gross estimated rental of £2329 5s. The soil belongs chiefly to John T. Mott, Esq., who is lord of the manor.
The CHURCH (All Saints) comprises nave, chancel, south porch, and square embattled tower, with one bell. The east window contains some beautiful stained glass, representing the Nativity, the Crucifixion, and the Ascension, inserted in 1859, by subscription, in memory of the late rector's wife. Outside the entrance door is a holy water stoup.
John T. Mott, Esq., is patron of the discharged rectory, which was valued in the King's Book at £9, and is in the incumbency of the Rev. John George Bidewell, M.A., who has a yearly tithe rent-charge of £375, and 12 acres of glebe. A rectory house was built in 1866.
The United Methodists have a chapel here, erected in 1866.
A SCHOOL BOARD for the parishes of West Beckham and Bodham was established in 1875, and consists of the Rev. George Bidewell, M.A., chairman, J.H. Pain, C. Rackham, John Everett, and B.B. Barcham. Mr J. Kemp, of East Runton, is the clerk. The SCHOOL, built in 1876, at a cost of £1300, has accommodation for seventy scholars.
The poor have 20s. a year, left by Thomas Franke in 1669, out of Bodham Heath, which was enclosed in 1808.
POST OFFICE at Mr. R.G. Payne's. Letters from Holt, via East Dereham, arrive at 9.15 a.m., and depart at 3.10 p.m.
Barrett James farmer Beavers William farmer Bidewell Rev. John George, M.A. rector, Rectory Bird Richard farmer; h Old Buckenham Bird Samuel farmer Chapman Richard farmer Cletheroe William vict Red Hart Inn, & joiner, builder, wheelwright, agricultural implement maker, farmer, and agent for G.E.R. parcels and receiving offices Culley George farmer Everitt Mrs Sarah farmer & owner Grant Christopher farmer and carter Girling Mrs Sarah Ann farmer; h Baconsthorpe Keeler John farmer and carter Knight James gamekeeper Learner William Helsden farmer Nichols Starling farmer Pain John Harold farmer, surveyor, and guardian Payne Robert Gamble grocer, draper and postmaster Pearson John bricklayer Penteney George parish clerk Rackham Charles farmer Riseborough John & Son blacksmiths, ironfounders, machinists, implement makers, &c. and at Weybourn Sadler Joshua farmer Sadler Miss Mary Brett Board schoolmistress Thirtle Richard farmer West Mrs Hannah farmer
See also the Bodham parish page.
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