Norfolk: Dickleburgh


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

[Transcription copyright © Ann Duncan]

DICKLEBURGH-WITH-LANGMERE constitute one parish. The former is a village with 747 inhabitants, on the Norwich and Ipswich turn-pike, 5 miles N.E. of Diss, and the latter a hamlet and constablewick, a mile further to the east, locally situated in Earsham Hundred. They comprise 2055A. of land, exclusive of 160A. of commons, called Semere Green, High Green, and Dickleburgh Moor. The rector has a small manor, and the Earl of Orford is lord of the rest; but the soil belongs chiefly to copyholders, subject to arbitrary fines.

The Church (All Saints,) is a large edifice, with a tower and five bells, and contains a monument of Lady Playters, daughter of Christopher Le Grys, who was stripped of his honors by the rebel parliament; and died in Spain.

The rectory, formerly in four medieties, valued in the King's Book at £28, has about 100A. of glebe, a handsome residence, built in 1841, and a yearly rent of £725, awarded in 1839, in lieu of tithes. The patronage is in Trinity College, Cambridge, and the Rev. George Stevenson, M.A., is the incumbent.

The Wesleyans have a small chapel here.

In 1810, Henry Kett left £500 for the establishment of a Lancasterian School here, and in 1814, £100 was laid out in building a school room, in the churchyard, and the residue was invested in the purchase of stock, which has since been increased by savings of income to £797. 9s. three per cent consols; besides which there is, belonging to the same trust, about £100 in the Savings' Bank. The master teaches about forty free scholars, reading, writing, and arithmetic, under the control of the rector.

The poor parishioners have a yearly rent charge of 20s., left by Ralph Chapman, in 1618, out of land in Burston. The Town Lands, which have been vested in trust from an early period, consist of 31A. 2R. 33P., let for £60 a year, which is all applied in the service of the church. The Town House, vested in the same trust, is occupied by poor families.

          Austin    Robert          relieving officer
          Bartram   Samuel          poulterer
          Bendall   Dennis          vict. King's Head
          Booty     Mr. John
          Cossey    Christopher     saddler
          Crisk     William         bricklayer
          Dover     Rt. Esq.
          Fish      James           glover, &c.
          Garland   Thomas          watchmaker
          Gillman   Jane            vict. Crown
          Harvey    Robert          wheelwright
          Jeffries  John            blacksmith
          King      Benjamin        tailor
          Smith     Rt.             joiner & bldr. East Cottg.
          Smith     William         schoolmaster
          Smith     Wm.             corn and seed merchant
          Smith     Wm. jun.        corn miller
          Stevenson Rev. Geo. M.A.  Rectory
          Thrower   Noah            corn miller
          Vallient  Samuel          watchmaker
          Wegg      Rev. Robt.      rector of Frenze
          Wilton    Charles         blacksmith
             Beer Houses.              Boot & Shoe Mkrs.
          Clark     John            Barrett   William
          Dent      Abednego        Barnes    Robert
          Gillman   William         Freeman   Wm.
          Harvey    D. (tailor)     King      William
                                    Nicholls  Richardson
             Bakers.                   Butchers.
          Plummer   J.              Ford      Jonah
          Saunders  J.              Parsons   John
             FARMERS                   Farmers
          (* are Owners)             IN LANGMERE.
          Booty     John, jun.      Abbott    Joseph
          Cooper    Charles         Barrett   Wm. (vict. White Horse)
          Dix       Francis         Barham    James
         *Dye       John            Cole      Robert
          Edwards   James           Drane     James
          Forester  Alex.           Howlett   Henry
         *Gillman   Wm.             Knights   John
          Herne     Edward          Lake      David
          Hubbard   Thomas          Mullenger John
          Knight    Simon           Palmer    George
          Macro     Abhm.           Rayner    Mrs
          Saunders  James
          Vyse      Charles
          Vyse      George
             Grocers & Dprs.
          Edwards   James
          Livock    John
          Row       Jonathan
          West      John Gill

COACHES and CARRIERS pass daily to Norwich, Ipswich, & London.

See also the Dickleburgh parish page.

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August 2001