William White's History, Gazetteer, and Directory of Norfolk 1883
BRADESTONE is 7 miles E. of Norwich. Some of its houses adjoin the village of Brundall, where there is a station on the Norwich and Yarmouth railway. Bradestone parish is in Blofield union, Norwich county court district and bankruptcy district, Blofield hundred, Blofield and Walsham petty sessional division, Blofield polling district of South Norfolk, Blofield rural deanery, and Norwich archdeaconry. It had 165 inhabitants in 1881, living on 502 acres, and has a rateable value of £1136. The trustees of the late R.H. Nevill own the manor and the greater part of the soil, the rest being divided among small proprietors.
The CHURCH (St. Michael) is a plain building of Perpendicular architecture, and consists of nave, chancel, north porch and square tower with one bell. In the chancel are marble tablets of the Drake and Frost families. The living is a rectory, valued in the King's Book at £5 6s. 8d., and consolidated with that of Strumpshaw. The tithes have been commuted for £150 per annum.
Near the railway station there formerly stood the ruins of an ancient religious edifice, the dedication, endowment, or architecture of which nothing is known, though the site is still called Chapel field. These ruins were removed in 1820, and the surrounding soil was levelled, when a vast quantity of human bones were laid bare, and a number of urns of Roman construction, containing ashes, were found.
POST OFFICE. Wall Post Office cleared at 4.40 p.m., week days only. Letters, via Norwich, arrive at 9 a.m. Blofield is nearest Money Order and Telegraph Office.
Culley Frederick Wynyard Hector, Esq Dingle George vict. White Horse Gilbert Henry Charles Bliss farmer, The Hall, and Freethorpe Gowen Robert blacksmith Gunton Mr. Henry Hutchins George shopkeeper Johnson Mr William Stuart Merrison Benjn. farmer & cattle dlr Roberson Miss Ellen Smith Charles steward Smith C.H. stationmaster
CARRIERS from Cantley to Norwich pass through on Wed. and Sat.
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