Norfolk Hundreds


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


Is of an irregular oblong figure, about 14 miles in length, from east to west, and from 6 to 8 in breadth, being bounded on the west by Grimshoe, on the north by Wayland and Forehoe, on the east by Depwade, and on the south by Guiltcross Hundred.

The soil is various, but much of it is a light sand, watered by a number of small rivulets, which unite their streams on its southern boundary, near Quiddenham, in the Thet rivulet, which flows westward to the Little Ouse, at Thetford. The latter borough is at the south-west angle of Shropham Hundred, which is traversed throughout its whole length by the Norwich and Thetford turnpike, and the Norwich and Brandon Railway, which has a station at the improving town of Attleborough.

This Hundred forms, with that of Guiltcross, the Deanery of Rockland, in the archdeaconry of Norfolk.

Petty Sessions are held on the first Thursday of every month, one year at East Harling and the next year at Larlingford. Wm. Clarke, Esq., of Thetford, is clerk to the magistrates.

Shropham, written in Domesday-book Serepham, was in the fee of the castle-manor of Buckenham, from the Confessor's time till the reign of Henry VI.

It contains 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 Rate in 1843, and their territorial extent, in assessable acres.

PARISHES. Pop. Annl.
Attleborough * 1959 9604 5247
Besthorpe * 536 3374 2127
Brettenham 62 842 1888
Bridgham 328 1790 2639
Buckenham (New) 716 1262 315
Buckenham (Old) 1255 8106 4812
Eccles 124 1440 1630
Ellingham (Grt*) 838 4492 2530
Hargham * 93 904 1136
Hockham * 644 2892 3196
Illington * 93 664 1100
Kilverstone 47 802 1869
Larling * 205 1252 1506
Roudham * 85 760 2025
Rockland All Sts * 352 864 916
Rockland Saint Andrew * 124 1796 669
Shropham * 513 2786 2596
Snetterton * 261 1867 1668
Wilby 124 1392 1382
Wretham (East) 194 1234 2572
Wretham (West) 103 1124 3121

Total + 8656 49,256 44,944

[There is more information about individual parishes]

* UNIONS.- The 12 parishes marked thus * are in WAYLAND UNION, which has its Workhouse at Rockland All Saints, as noticed at page 362 [description of Wayland Hundred]. When the census was taken in 1841, there were 36 persons in the Workhouse. Old and New Buckenham, Bridgham, Eccles, and Wilby, are in Guiltcross Union; and Brettenham, Kilverstone, and East and West Wretham, are in Thetford Union. (See page 401. [this is in Thetford Borough section])

+ The population of this Hundred, in 1831, was 8566. Its annual value, as assessed to the PROPERTY TAX, was £56,335, in 1815, and £55,168 in 1842. It is all in Hockham Police Division, except Old and New Buckenham, which are in that of Long Stratton.


Some placenames in the transcription (of pages 410 to 411) above are given below together with their standard spelling :-
Buckenham (New)/New Buckenham, Buckenham (Old)/Old Buckenham, Ellingham (Grt*)/Great Ellingham, Rockland All Sts/Rockland All Saints, Wretham (East)/East Wretham, Wretham (West)/West Wretham

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April 2006