Norfolk: Bunwell


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

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BUNWELL, a large scattered village, 3 miles N.E. by E. of New Buckenham, 4 miles S.E. of Attleborough, and 13 miles S.W. by S. of Norwich, is in Depwade union, Wymondham county court district, Norwich bankruptcy district, Depwade hundred and petty sessional division, Attleborough polling district of South Norfolk, Depwade rural deanery, and Norfolk archdeaconry. It had 861 inhabitants in 1881, living on 2423 acres, and has a rateable value of £3456.

The soil belongs to various owners, the largest of whom is Sir Robert J. Buxton, Bart., who is lord of the manors of Bunwell, Baynard's Hall, and Peri's Hall (fines arbitrary). John Mitchell's executors have a small manor called Beachams-in-Bunwell, and Clarke Stoughton, Esq. is lord of Tibenham-with-Carlton, which is partly in this parish.

The CHURCH (St. Michael) comprises nave, chancel, south porch, and lofty tower containing six bells, and stands in an elevated situation, so that it can be seen from a great distance. The roof is of open timber; the windows are large, and good specimens of Perpendicular workmanship, especially that at the east end, which is of five lights. The font is of carved stone and very ancient, and the porch is built of large flints intersected with Caen stone. The altar-piece is a painting of the circumcision of Christ.

The living is a rectory, valued in the King's Book at £17, now having a yearly rent-charge of £700, awarded in 1836 in lieu of tithes. Sir R.J. Buxton, Bart., is patron, and the Rev. Henry Dawson, M.A., of Torquay, Devonshire, is the incumbent, for whom the Rev. T.W. Whistler officiates.

A large and handsome Primitive Methodist Chapel was built in 1876.

Here is a School Board, formed in 1878; it now consists of Messrs. W. Burton (chairman), N. Lanham, R. Smith, J. Brown, and W. Long. New Schools, capable of accommodating 120 children, and having teacher's residence attached, were built in 1878.

The Town Land, which has been vested in trust from an early period for paying tenths and fifteenths, repairing the church, &c., consists of 16A. 1R. 22P., partly in Wymondham and Carleton Rode, and is let for £22, which is applied with the church rates, except 20s. for the poor. The Fuel Allotment, 18A. 1R. 22P., awarded at the enclosure in 1812, is let for £20, and is expended in coals.

POST OFFICE at Mrs. Jemima Roper's. Despatch viâ Attleborough at 6.30 p.m.; delivery at 8 a.m. Nearest Money Order and Telegraph Office, New Buckenham.

         Abon       William          carpenter and wheelwrt
         Ayton      Isaac            farmer and owner
         Barker     Fredk.           wheelwrt. & blacksmith
         Barker     Thomas           farmer
         Barnard    George           shoemaker
         Bateman    James            farmer
         Bayes      James            grocer and draper
         Betts      Wm.              farmer & owner, Peri's hall
         Brown      George           farmer
         Brown      John             butter merchant
         Brown      John             farmer
         Brown      Walter           farmer
         Burton     William          farmer and owner
         Cadamey    Jonathan         victualler, Crown and Anchor
         Carter     Mrs Mary         shopkeeper
         Casey      Lambert          tailor
         Chapman    Mrs E.A.         schoolmistress
         Chapman    Stephen          farmer
         Colman     Thomas           farmer
         Daines     William          shoemaker
         Dordery    Wm.              farmer, Baynard's hall
         Everett    Richard          farmer
         Francis    Charles          farmer and machinist
         Francis    John             shopkeeper and dealer
         Gainer     William          farmer
         Grant      William          farmer and woodman
         Gunns      Robert           farmer
         Hales      Wm.              beerhouse, Prince of Wales
         Hardiman   Charles          farmer
         Hardiman   James            farmer
         Hardiman   Robert           farmer
         Hardiman   William          shopkeeper
         Hinchley   George           farmer
         Hotson     John             frmr.; h Long Stratton
         Humphrey   George           beerhouse, Trowel and Hammer
         Jolly      George           thatcher
         Knights    James            farmer and machinist
         Lanham     Nelson           frmr.; Tollgate farm
         Long       John             shoemaker
         Long       William          farmer and owner
         Mears      Horace           farmer
         Moore      William          farmer
         Mutimer    John             farmer
         Newman     John             shopkeeper
         Rix        Henry            farmer and owner
         Rush       John             victualler, Queen's Head
         Saunders   Robert           farmer
         Sheldrake  Isaac            machinist
         Smith      John             victualler, Farriers' Arms
         Smith      Robert, jun.     bldr. and brickmkr
         Trudgill   Frederick James  plumber, painter, and glazier
         Tubby      Daniel           carpenter and builder
         West       Wm. Jas.         plumber and glazier
         Whistler   Rev. Thomas W.   curate
         Willingham Thomas

CARRIERS - Stephen Linstead, Old Buckenham and Norwich, Wed. and Sat; George Filby, New Buckenham and Norwich, Wed. and Sat

See also the Bunwell parish page.

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