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Norfolk Hundreds

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

LAUNDITCH HUNDRED

[In the original this is LAUNDICTH]

Is of an irregular, quadrangular figure, averaging about 12 miles in length and breadth, and bounded on the north by Gallow, on the east by Eynesford, on the south by Mitford and South Greenhoe, and on the west by Freebridge-Lynn Hundred.

It is a highly cultivated district, rising in some places in bold and picturesque swells, with many thriving plantations and handsome mansions, and watered by the Wensum, the Nar, and several smaller streams, which rise within its limits. It takes its name from a long ditch and bank extending from Wendling-car to the low lands near Mileham, and supposed to have been made for the purpose of carrying off the drain water. At the point where this ditch crosses the Norwich road, the Hundred court was anciently held.

Launditch, (with the exception of Colkirk and Hoe,) forms the Deanery of Brisley, in the Archdeaconry of Norwich. The Launditch Society for encouraging good conduct, industrious habits, &c. among servants and labourers, holds its annual meetings for awarding prizes, &c. at Litcham, in October.

Petty Sessions for Launditch Hundred are held at Litcham, on the first Wednesday, and at North Elmham on the third Wednesday of every month. Mr. Charles Wright is clerk to the magistrates.

This Hundred contains thirty-three 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.
Value
£.
Acres.
Beeston All Sts. (sic **) }
with Bittering ! }
661 }
18 }
3472 2396
Beetley 395 2040 1693
Bilney (East) 218 748 531
Brisley 388 2086 1201
Colkirk 462 2326 1307
* Dillington ham. 40 552 438
Dunham (Great) 520 3132 1967
Dunham (Little) 298 2788 1818
Elmham (North) 1219 5684 4401
Fransham (Great) 329 3090 1874
Fransham (Little) 263 1664 967
Gateley 129 1756 1477
Gressenhall + 957 4160 2582
Hoe, or Hoo 220 1780 1345
Horningtoft 290 1964 1386
Kempstone 52 1064 809
Lexham (East) 236 1064 1048
Lexham (West) 124 754 1126
Litcham @ 846 2772 1717
Longham 333 1234 1248
Mileham 532 3982 2825
Oxwick-with- }
Pattesley }
64 }
16 }
1512 1027
Rougham 367 2962 2520
Scarning 613 4694 3870
Stanfield 259 1554 921
Swanton-Morley 779 4344 2649
Tittleshall-with }
Godwick }
607 4424 3020
Weasenham All }
Saints }
363 2570 1957
Weasenham St. }
Peter }
310 2030 1397
Wellingham 193 1322 1047
Wendling 330 2552 1331
Whissonsett 702 2596 1328
Worthing 158 988 783

Total 13,290 79,660 56,006

[There is more information about individual parishes]

* DILLINGTON is a hamlet in East Dereham parish, but in Launditch Hundred. (See page 310 [East Dereham section].)

+ Gressenhall return includes 242 persons in the Union Workhouse.

! Beeston & Bittering Parva are ecclesiastically separate parishes, but united for the support of the poor.

@ Litcham return included 25 visitors attending theraces.

The whole Hundred is in MITFORD AND LAUNDITCH UNION, which has its Workhouse at Gressenhall, and is already noticed at page 307 [this is in Mitford Hundred description]. It is in Dereham, Castleacre, and Briningham Police Divisions. Its population, in 1831, was 12,579; and its annual value, as assessed to the PROPERTY TAX, was £59,165, in 1815, and £86,938 in 1842.


Notes

Some placenames in the transcription (of pages 326 to 327) above are given below together with their standard spelling :-
Beeston/"Beeston next Mileham" or "Beeston cum Bittering", Bittering/Bittering Parva, Bilney (East)/East Bilney, Dillington ham./Dillington hamlet, Dunham (Great)/Great Dunham, Dunham (Little)/Little Dunham, Elmham (North)/North Elmham, Fransham (Great)/Great Fransham, Fransham (Little)/Little Fransham, Kempstone/Kempston, Lexham (East)/East Lexham, Lexham (West)/West Lexham

** This should say "Beeston". The "All Sts." is an error.


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June 2016