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Norfolk Hundreds

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


Extends about ten miles south from the river Yare, and is from 5 to 6 miles in breadth,- being bounded on the north by Blofield, on the east by Clavering, on the south by Earsham and a small part of the river Waveney, near Bungay; and on the west by Depwade and Henstead Hundreds.

It has generally a fertile soil, is well cultivated, and abounds with wood and water. Near the river Yare, it has a rich but watery tract of marshes, with several rivulets and "broads".

It is in the Deanery of Brooke, and Archdeaconry of Norfolk. It has its name from the market town of Loddon, where Petty Sessions are held every alternate Wednesday. Mr. Jas. Copeman is clerk to the magistrates.

It comprises 21 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 Rates, in 1843, and their territorial extent, in assessable acres:-

PARISHES. Pop. Annl.
Alpington 197 1,054 520
Ashby 263 1,064 436
Bedingham 316 1,868 1,148
Broome 610 2,526 1,421
Carleton St. Peter 96 1,000 765
Chedgrave 348 2,318 1,395
Claxton 200 1,134 977
Ditchingham 1,124 4,586 2,055
Hardley 214 2,132 1,428
Hedenham 272 2,530 1,564
Hillington (Hellington) 64 888 516
Kirstead 249 1,548 1,009
Langley 323 3,244 2,668
Loddon 1,197 5,724 2,988
Mundham 308 2,316 1,527
Seething 449 2,620 1,571
Sisland 64 726 459
Thurton 246 1,346 748
Thwaite St. Mary 110 970 667
Topcroft 475 3,230 1,861
Woodton 567 3,516 2,112

TOTAL * 7,692 46,340 27,838

[There is more information about individual parishes]

* The whole of the Hundred is in LODDON and CLAVERING UNION, which was incorporated under an act passed in 1765, but is now under the new poor law, as described at a subsequent page. (See Clavering.)

The population of the Hundred, in 1831, was 7,457. The annual value of its lands and buildings, as assessed to the Property Tax, was £41,301, in 1815; and £51,704, in 1842. It is in Loddon Police Division.


Some placenames in the transcription (of pages to ) above are given below together with their standard spelling :-
Ashby/Ashby St Mary

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April 2006