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Norfolk Hundreds

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


Is of an irregular, oblong figure, 12 miles in length from north to south, and about seven miles in breadth; bounded on the south by Forehoe and Mitford; on the west, by Launditch and Gallow; on the north, by Holt Hundred; and on the east, by South Erpingham and Taverham Hundreds.

The soil is in general a fertile loam, with substratums of chalk and marl, and a large portion of it lies in the vale of the river Wensum, which forms the western boundary from Guist to Bylaugh, from whence it crosses the hundred by a circuitous channel to Attlebridge, where it again turns to the south, and forms the western border as far as Ringland, flowing from thence in an easterly direction to Norwich. This river, in several places, expands into a broad stream, and the tides are said to have anciently flowed up it as far as Billingford. Several smaller streams also contribute to the beauty and fertility of this hundred, which comprises 30 parishes, of which the following is an enumeration, shewing 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.
* Alderford 44 656 429
+ Bawdeswell 582 2118 1163
+ Billingford 353 2072 1797
+ Bintree 409 2104 1417
* Brandiston 137 1276 737
+ Bylaugh 85 968 1545
+ Elsing 457 2190 1407
Foulsham 1048 5796 3180
+ Foxley 293 2170 1619
Guestwick 200 2158 1625
+ Guist 425 2664 1637
Hackford-by-Reepham @ 694 2600 809
* Haveringland 160 1770 2000
Hindolveston 839 3352 2487
+ Lyng 601 2844 1879
* Morton-on-the-Hill 165 834 976
Reepham-with- }
Kerdiston @ }
4420 2423
* Ringland 386 1436 1119
Sall 267 2812 1758
+ Sparham 321 2274 1666
* Swannington 358 1814 1281
Themelthorpe 94 884 652
Thurning 166 1932 1484
+ Twyford 94 908 522
* Weston 411 3596 2697
Whitwell @ 519 2686 1434
* Witchingham (Great) 624 3762 2083
* Witchingham L. 45 1106 714
Wood-Dalling 560 3382 2396
Wood-Norton 325 2498 1700

TOTAL ! 11,252 69,082 46,637

[There is more information about individual parishes]

* + UNIONS. -- The ten parishes marked thus + are in Mitford and Launditch Union, (see page 307; [this is in Mitford Hundred description]) the nine marked thus * are in St. Faith's Union; and the other 11 are in Aylsham Union. Before the formation of these Unions, there was an incorporated Workhouse at Bawdeswell, for seven parishes, and another at Reepham for four parishes.

@ Hackford, Kerdiston, and Whitwell, comprise the chief part of the market town of REEPHAM, where there are two churches in one churchyard, for the four parishes.

! The population of Eynesford Hundred, in 1831, was 10,643. Its annual value, as assessed to the property tax, was £48,259, in 1815, and £76,334 in 1842. Its territorial extent, including wastes, roads. &c., is upwards of 50,000A.

PETTY SESSIONS for this Hundred are held every Monday, alternately at Foulsham and Reepham. Mr. Robert Dench, of Foulsham, is clerk to the magistrates.


Some placenames in the transcription (of pages 344 to 345) above are given below together with their standard spelling :-
Bintree/Bintry, Sall/Salle, Weston/Weston Longville, Witchingham (Great)/Great Witchingham, Witchingham L./Little Witchingham

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April 2011