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Norfolk: Freethorpe

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

[Transcription copyright © Pat Newby]

FREETHORPE, 8 miles W. by S. of Yarmouth, and 12 miles E.S.E. of Norwich, has its parish in Blofield union, petty sessional division and hundred, Yarmouth county court district and bankruptcy district, Freethorpe polling district of South Norfolk, Blofield rural deanery, and Norwich archdeaconry. It had 400 inhabitants in 1881, living on 903 acres of land. The rateable value is £2222 10s. R.H.V. Walpole, Esq., is lord of the manor and owner of most of the soil, and the remainder belongs to Mrs. T.W. Gilbert, Bradistone hall.

The CHURCH (All Saints) is an ancient building of Early English architecture, and consists of nave with aisles, chancel, and round tower with one bell. The windows are all of the simple lancet shape; and the chancel contains a piscina and several tablets of the Walpole family. The building was handsomely restored, at the expense of the lord of the manor, in 1850, when it was re-roofed and refitted with open benches and a new pulpit. A handsome stained glass window of two lights was also inserted in the east end, and the churchyard was enlarged.

The vicarage, valued in the King's Book at £12, is consolidated with the rectory of Reedham. (See Reedham.) It has 9A. 2R. 30P. of glebe, and was augmented with £400 of Queen Anne's Bounty in 1760 and 1784. The two landowners are impropriators of the rectorial tithes.

The School was built by subscription in 1847, at a cost of £200, and is attended by above 70 children. The Primitive Methodists have a chapel here, built in 1865. Here are almshouses erected by Richard Henry V. Walpole, Esq., and Mrs H.V. Walpole, in 1871, for the use of six poor widows of the parish of Freethorpe.

POST OFFICE at Mr. J.C. Hayes'. Letters delivered at 9 a.m., and despatched at 3 p.m. viâ Acle. The nearest Money Order and Telegraph Office is at Reedham.

         Bailey    William        fish curer
         Chapman   Jeremiah       beerhouse, Brickmakers' Arms
         Cory      Christopher    harness maker
         Cory      James          harness maker
         Craven    Miss Anna      schoolmistress
         England   Ernest         landowner, Bramerton, and
                                  Mitfield, Suffolk
         England   Geo.           frmr. & landownr. at Acle
         Forder    Robert         farm bailiff
         Fowler    James          shoemaker
         George    Daniel         carpenter
         Gilbert   Chas.          frmr.; h Bradistone hall
         Hayes     John Clement   grocer, coal and corn dealer, &c,
                                  and carrier
         Hindes    Christmas      engineer and agricultural implement
                                  maker, and thrashing machine proprietor
         Jones     Henry          bricklayer
         Pibell    Wm. Henry      auctioneer and fish salesman; &
                                  Billingsgate, London, Lowestoft, and
                                  Great Yarmouth
         Roseberry Thomas         carpenter
         Rust      John           constable
         Tills     David          blacksmith & shopkeeper
         Wales     Isaac J.       brick mfr.; h Reedham
         Wilkins   Wm.            vict. Rampant Horse
         Wright    Adam Collins   shoemaker
         Youngs    Henry          basket mkr. & shopkpr
         Youngs    John           shopkeeper
         Youngs    Robert         farmer and carter
         Youngs    William        wheelright, carpenter and blacksmith, &c

CARRIER - John C. Hayes, Freethorpe to Norwich and back, Wed. & Sat.

See also the Freethorpe parish page.

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December 1998