Norfolk Hundreds


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


Is so called from its thriving market town, and is nearly a square district, about seven miles in length and breadth, bounded on the west by Guiltcross; on the north, by Depwade; on the east, by Earsham Hundred; and on the south by the river Waveney, which divides it from Suffolk.

It is a well wooded and fertile district, generally champaign, but rising in some places in gentle undulations, and having mostly a strong loamy soil, which is generally moist, owing to a substratum of impervious blue clay, lying at the depth of from one to two feet.

Diss and Earsham were anciently one Hundred, and they still form the Deanery of Redenhall, in the Archdeaconry of Norfolk. Diss Hundred holds its Petty Sessions at the town of Diss, on the first and last Mondays of every month; and Mr. John Muskett is clerk to the magistrates.

The following enumeration of its 16 parishes shews their population in 1841, the annual value of their lands and buildings, as assessed to the county rate in 1843, and their territorial extent.

PARISHES. Pop. Annl.
Bressingham 647 3644 2287
Burston 468 2456 1405
Dickleburgh- }
with Langmere }
3082 2055
Diss 3205 10,700 3382
Fersfield 295 1912 1313
Frenze + 46 + +
Gissing 498 2882 1907
Roydon 586 2620 1217
Scole + 685 2628 1454
Shelfanger 445 2428 1637
Shimpling 230 1232 670
Thelveton 169 1482 1001
Thorpe Parva + 18 + +
Tivetshall St. Mgt 368 2766 1639
Tivetshall St. Mary 331 2100 1095
Winfarthing 696 4210 2566

TOTAL ! 9543 44,142 23,628

[There is more information about individual parishes]

+ Frenze and Thorpe Parva are united with Scole, or Osmondiston, for the support of their poor; and their areas and annual value are included with Scole.

Bressingham, Fersfield, Roydon, Shelfanger, and Winfarthing, are in GUILTCROSS UNION, (see page 421, [this is in Guiltcross Hundred description]) and all the other parishes are in DEPWADE UNION. (See page 699. [this is in Depwade Hundred description])

! The population of Diss Hundred, in 1831, was 9300. Its annual value, as assessed to the property tax, was £37,473, in 1815, and £49,296 in 1842. It is in Long Stratton Police Division.


Some placenames in the transcription (of pages 710 to 711) above are given below together with their standard spelling :-
Tivetshall St. Mgt/Tivetshall St Margaret

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