Norfolk Hundreds


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


Is a fertile district, bounded on the west by Diss Hundred, on the north by Depwade and Loddon, and on the east and south by the river Waveney, which divides it from Suffolk, and flows through a verdant and picturesque valley. It is about 13 miles in length, along the river, from the vicinity of Scole Inn to Bungay, on the Suffolk side of the valley, and averages from 3 to 5 miles in breadth.

It forms, with Diss Hundred, the Deanery of Redenhall, in the Archdeaconry of Norfolk, and is all comprised in the paramount jurisdiction of the Liberty of the Duke of Norfolk, which has two coroners, and contains above a hundred other parishes in this county.

Petty Sessions are held at Harleston every alternate Friday. Mr. Wm. Hazard is the magistrates' clerk.

The following enumeration of the parishes, &c. in Earsham Hundred, 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, in assessable acres.

PARISHES. Pop. Annl.
Alburgh 589 2800 1514
Billingford 219 1954 934
Brockdish 466 2272 1054
Denton 625 4036 2434
Earsham 731 4964 2718
Mendham (part*) 257 1314 780
Needham 310 2086 1200
Pulham St. Mary }
Magdalen }
1155 4896 2892
Pulham St. My Vir. @ 924 5272 2958
Redenhall }
Harleston + }
6080 2539
Rushall 267 1502 1149
Starston 482 3230 2167
Thorpe Abbots 281 1698 1123
Wortwell + 560 2162 1102

Total 8528 44,266 24,564

[There is more information about individual parishes]

[ @ This is Pulham St. Mary the Virgin.]

* Mendham is mostly in Suffolk.

Harleston is a chapelry, and Wortwell a township, both in Redenhall parish.

The return of Pulham St. Mary Magdalen included 130 persons in the Workhouse of DEPWADE UNION, (see page 699,) [this is in Depwade Hundred description] which comprises all Earsham Hundred, except Mendham, which is in Hoxne Union, Suffolk. Langmere, a hamlnt[sic] of Dickleburgh parish, is locally situated in this Hundred which had 8485 souls in 1831, and is in Long Stratton and Loddon Police Divisions. Its annual value, as assessed to the property tax, was £40,320, in 1815, and £49,681 in 1842.


Some placenames in the transcription (of pages 722 to 723) above are given below together with their standard spelling :-
"Pulham St. My Vir"/"Pulham St. Mary the Virgin" or "Pulham Market", Thorpe Abbots/Thorpe Abbotts

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April 2006