Norfolk: Denton


William White's History, Gazetteer, and Directory of Norfolk 1845

[Transcription copyright © Pat Newby]

DENTON, in the vale of the Waveney, 4 miles E.N.E. of Harleston, has in its parish 625 souls, and 2434 acres of land, belonging to many proprietors. Many of the copyholds are held of the manor of Topcroft-with-Denton, of which the Rev. W.J. Smyth is lord.

The commons were enclosed under an act passed in 1805. Here is also a small manor attached to the rectory. Denton House and Lodge are two handsome mansions, with lawns and plantations; the former is the seat of C. Umphelby, Esq., and the latter of the Rev. G. Sandby.

The Church (Virgin Mary,) is a fine antique fabric, which has lately been new-pewed, repaired, and beautified. The tower was raised ten feet in 1843, and a good organ has been presented by the rector. The east window is filled with stained glass, and the porch is finely groined, and decorated with carvings of the Resurrection, Salutation, our Saviour walking on the water, and the Last Judgement.

The rectory, valued in the King's Book at £24, is in the patronage of the Archbishop of Canterbury, who must confer it on one who either is or has been a fellow of Merton College, Oxford, pursuant to the will of the Rev. Matthew Postlethwayte, a former patron, who died in 1714. The Rev. Wm. Arundell Bouverie, B.D. (rural dean,) has been incumbent since 1839, and has greatly improved and enlarged the parsonage house. The glebe is 92A., and the tithes were commuted, in 1839, for £769 per annum, The Church Land is 6A., let for £12.

Here is an Independent Chapel, which was rebuilt in 1821, and has an endowment of about £80 per annum, and a good house for the minister.

The National School, built in 1840, has £8. 8s. a year from 7A. of land left by the Rev. Thomas Rogerson, in 1722, and now let in allotments for about £10. 10s. a year, of which £2. 2s. is distributed in bread among the poor, who have also the following yearly doles, viz., 8s. for two Bibles, left by Sarah Bedbank, in 1692, out of Stone-pightle; 20s. left by John Warner, out of land held by the Boys' Hospital, Norwich; £3. 10s. from 1½A. left by the Rev. John Porter; and 21s. left by John Button, in 1803.

         Bouverie     Rev Wm.
                        Arundell, B.D. Rectory
         Buck         James
         Button       Ephraim          corn miller
         Davis        Rev Jas.         (Independent min.)
         Delf         Daniel           blacksmith
         Delf         Thomas           vict. King's Head
         Hickman      Mrs Esther
         Middleton    Wm.              veterinary surgeon
         Pallant      Wm.              tailor
         Sandby       Rev George       Denton Lodge
         Umpheby      Chas. Esq.       Denton House
         Bowler       Benjamin         Howes       John Rayner
         Butcher      John             Paine       John
         Chambers     Wm.              Middleton   John
         Chittleburgh Wm               Middleton   Chas.
         Corneby      Wales            Rackham     Geo.
         Felmingham   Wm.              Rackham     James
         Hardingham   Jas.             Whitton     Cath.
         Haywood      C.               Wolterton   Robt.
         Holland      Wm.              Wolterton   Wm.
            Schools.                      Shopkeepers.
         Bryant       Sarah            Burgess     Edward
         Gibbs        Fanny            Delf        Rhoda
                                       Simonds     Humpy.
            Shoemakers.                Stiggles    James
         Browse       Charles
         Gibbs        S. and W.

Note: the surname is Umphelby in the text, and Umpheby in the directory.

See also the Denton parish page.

These pages are for personal use only. They may not be copied, and the links within them may not be harvested for use on your own web pages. Please see the Copyright Notice.

Copyright © Pat Newby.
February 2005