Norfolk: Great Dunham


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

[Transcription copyright © Susan Well]

DUNHAM, (GREAT) 6 miles N.E. of Swaffham, and 2 miles S. by W. of Litcham, is a scattered village and parish, containing 520 souls, and about 2000A. of land, belonging to F.W. Keppel, Esq., Capt. Davy, the Rev. J. Humfrey, Major Loftus, and several smaller proprietors; and partly in the manors of East and West Lexham.

The CHURCH (St. Andrew,) is an interesting Anglo-Saxon structure, with a tower between the nave and chancel. The interior has lately been cleansed and repaired under the direction of the present curate, and contains a curious font and piscina. Fragments of a Roman altar, and the foundations of another church, which was dedicated to St. Mary, have recently been discovered in the garden attached to the Rectory House.

The rectory, valued in the King's Book at £12.1s.10½d., was anciently in two medieties, and is in the patronage and incumbency of the Rev. John Humfrey, M.A., of Wroxham Hall, who has a manor here, and has lately erected a commodious National School near the church. The glebe is 44A. 16P., and the tithes were commuted in 1840 for £562 per annum.

Here are three small chapels, belonging to the Baptists, and the Wesleyan and Primitive Methodists.

The Poor's Allotment, awarded in 1797, is 34A. 3R. 22P., let for £48. The poor have also an annuiiy [sic] of £5, left by Dalton Chamberlayne, in 1806; and £1.12s. a year from Allee's Charity. (See East Dereham.)

         Brock        S.J.W. and R.     bricklayers
         Burton       Chrms.            wheelwgt. & blksmith
         Chamberlayne George            blacksmith
         Clack        James             saddler
         Eldred       James Nathl.      schoolmaster
         Flood        John and Thomas   carpenters
         Forby        James             shopkeeper
         Horney       Richard           beer seller
         Jackson      Rev. Robert, B.A. curate
         Lander       Thomas            vict. Flower Pot
         Lawson       Wm.               shopkeeper
         Long         Christiana        corn miller
         Bear         Jonathan
         Carrington   Jas.
         Chamberlayne Walpole           (ownr)
         Claxton      Lydia
         Flood        Henry
         Horney       John
         Hubbard      James
         Palmer       Jesse
         Pond         Benjamin
         Rix          Benjamin
         Rix          Thomas
         Rolfe        Rt.               (owner)
         Tuck         Henry

See also the Great Dunham 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.
September 1999