Norfolk: Framingham Pigot


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

[Transcription copyright © Ann Duncan]

FRAMINGHAM-PIGOT, a small village, 4 miles S.E. by S. of Norwich, has its parish in Henstead union and hundred, Norwich county court district and bankruptcy district, Swainsthorpe petty sessional division, Norwich polling district of South Norfolk, West Brooke rural deanery, and Norfolk archdeaconry. It had 260 inhabitants in 1881, living on 608 acres, and has a rateable value of £1468 10s. The Bishop of Norwich is lord of the manor, which was given by Roger Bigod, Earl of Norfolk, to the Pigot or Picot family.

Standing within well-wooded grounds is Framingham manor house, a handsome residence of brick, with Ancaster stone dressings, built in the Tudor style in 1863, and the seat of George Henry Christie, Esq., who has rebuilt most of the neighbouring cottages in a handsome manner. The Hall, a large mansion, on an eminence commanding one of the most extensive and varied prospects in the county, is now occupied by Major Fitzgerald. Framingham lodge, about 3 miles from Norwich, is a well-built and pleasantly situated house in the Tudor style, built in 1860, and is the residence of John Day, Esq.

The CHURCH (St. Andrew) was entirely rebuilt by G.H. Christie, Esq., at a cost of £4500, and is an elegant building of flint with stone dressings, in the Decorated style, comprising nave, chancel, south porch, and western doorway. The tower, which contains three bells, is at the north-west angle, and has an octagonal lantern, surmounted by a broach spire rising to the height of 114 feet, and forming a beautiful feature in the landscape. The shafts of the doorways are of polished Cornish marble, and over the west door is a beautiful piece of sculpture, representing St. Andrew. The seats are open, and of handsomely carved oak; and the organ is placed under the tower, where there is a richly carved stone screen.

The living is a discharged rectory, valued in the King's Book at £3 6s. 8d., in the patronage of the Bishop of Norwich, and incumbency of the Rev. William Henry Plume, B.A., who has a good rectory, built in 1844 at a cost of £900. The glebe is 24A., and the tithes were commuted in 1842 for £221 17s. 6d.

There is a neat lecture-room and schoolroom belonging exclusively to the rector.

Here is a Baptist Chapel, built in 1808.

The fuel allotment, awarded at the enclosure in 1800, is 7A. 3R. 2P., [and] is let for £15 a year.

POST from Norwich, viâ Framingham-Earl.

         Adams        George            dealer and butcher
         Aldis        George            harness maker
         Aldis        John              market gardener
         Aldis        Noah              market gardener
         Barrett      Abraham           market gardener
         Beales       David Abel        victualler and farmer, The Feathers
         Beaumont     James             market gardener
         Beaumont     Robert            shoemaker
         Blyth        George, jun.      market gardener
         Christie     George Henry,     Framingham manor house
                        Esq., J.P.
         Christie     James, Esq.       Manor farm
         Cullen       Daniel            farmer
         Cullen       William           farmer
         Day          John, Esq.        Framingham lodge
         Ewing        John              bricklayer
         Ewing        Robt.             shoemkr. and parish clerk
         Fitz-Gerald  Major             The Hall
         Forder       Leonard           market gardener
         Gillingwater Wm.               market gardener
         Hawkes       Daniel            market gardener
         Hawkes       John              market gardener
         Hogg         Samuel            market gardener
         Lansdell     William           blacksmith
         Long         Geo.              gardener and rate collector
         Meek         Robert            market gardener
         Nunn         William           shopkeeper
         Plume        Rev. William Hy.  The Rectory
         Price        William           shoemaker
         Read         Mrs Mary Ann
         Read         Jonathan          carpenters, wheelwrights, builders, and
                        & Samuel          contractors; and Caistor St. Edmund's
         Read         Jonathan          (R.J. & Samuel); h Caistor St. Edmund's
         Read         Samuel            (R. Jonathan & S.)
         Spink        John              market gardener
         Yallop       Jas.              gardener and pork butcher
         Youngs       William           farmer and victualler, The Sea Gull

See also the Framingham Pigot parish page.

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December 2001