White's History, Gazetteer, and Directory of Norfolk 1845
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DITCHINGHAM, a large scattered village, extending southward to the river Waveney, opposite Bungay, 13 miles S.S.E. of Norwich, has in its parish 1,124 souls, 2,055A. of land, and a large Silk-Mill, erected about 12 years ago, and belonging to Messrs. Grout & Co., of Norwich, who employ here about 500 hands. The large heath, in this and Broome parish, was enclosed in 1812.
The manors are -- Ditchingham and Pirnhow, and the fines are arbitrary. The Duke of Norfolk is lord of the former, and John L. Bedingfeld, Esq., is lord of the latter, and owner of Ditchingham Hall, a handsome mansion, built in 1727, with picturesque grounds, near a rivulet, which is expanded into a fine broad or lake, that has been visited during the last 14 years, by a pair of Barnacle Geese.
The Lodge and Holly Hill, are two pleasant seats. The latter belongs to C. F. Costerton, Esq., and the former is the seat of J. J. Bedingfeld, Esq. Tindall Hall, now a farmhouse, belongs to Sir W. F. Fowle Middleton, Bart. Close to the Waveney is a remarkable cold Bath, built by the late William Windham, Esq.
The CHURCH (St. Mary,) stands on an eminence, 1½ mile N. of Bungay, and has a lofty tower. The Rectory, valued in K.B. at £12, has a good residence, 20A. of glebe, and a yearly rent of £560, awarded in 1839, in lieu of tithes. The Rev. Wm. Edw. Scudamore, M.A., is incumbent, and the Earl of Suffolk, and other Trustees of the late Lord H. Howard, are patrons, but must present it to any fellow, except a "plat-fellow," of St. John's College, Cambridge.
Here is a National and also an Infant School.
The poor have five tenements, and 3A. 1R. 32P. of land, (let for £7 10s.) left by John Gowing and John Towers, in 1668; and a yearly rent-charge of £2, left by Robert Davy, in 1725, out of a meadow belonging to J. J. Bedingfeld, Esq. The Town Lands, 61A. 1R. 25P., are let for about £100 a year, which is applied with the church and poor rates, and partly in distributions of coal.
Bedingfeld John James, Esq. Lodge
Bedingfeld J. L., Esq. Hall
Botwright Mr. Jas.
Burcham George cabinet maker
Cammell Mrs. gentlewoman
Chapman George hay dealer
Collins James travelling draper
Crick William manager of Silk-Mill
Cuddon William maltster
Dowsing Mrs. Holly Hill Lodge
Dutt William coach builder
Folkard James blacksmith
Foreman Henry National schoolmr.
Foreman Robert cooper
Forster Major Peter Cottage
Godbold William vict., Falcon Inn
Goodwin Samuel wheelwright
Green Margaret schoolmistress
Grice B. gent.
Grout and Co. silk, &c., manufacturers,
Kerridge Wm. dyer
King Michael wheelwright
Mann William gent.
Margitson James Taylor solictor, Ditchingham House,
Moore James merchant & maltster
Morris Isaac joiner, &c.
Pulford Charles cabinet maker, &c.
Scudamore Rev. William Rector
Skinner James butcher
Smith Joseph bricklayer
Smith Robert corn miller
Smith Thomas gardener
Tibnam James parish clerk
Utting Thomas gentleman
West John vict., Duke of York
Knights Daniel Thomas
Coaches and Carriers from Bungay to Norwich, &c., daily
See also the Ditchingham parish page.
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