Norfolk: Hardwick


William White's History, Gazetteer, and Directory of Norfolk 1883

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HARDWICK, 5 miles N. of Harleston, and 12 miles S. of Norwich, is a parish in Depwade union, Harleston county court district, Ipswich bankruptcy district, Depwade petty sessional division, Stratton polling district of South Norfolk, Depwade rural deanery, and Norfolk archdeaconry. It had 197 inhabitants in 1881, living on 855 acres, and has a rateable value of £1141 5s. The soil is held by several owners; but F.B. Frank, Esq., is lord of the manor.

The CHURCH (St. Margaret) comprises nave, chancel, and a fragment of a Norman tower, which fell down in 1770. There are two altar tombs of marble and alabaster, one to Sir Peter Gleane, Knt., a great supporter of King Charles I. Some woodwork of this period still adorns the edifice, notably a 'bedstead pew,' which has been removed from the chancel to the west end, and now serves as a vestry.

In the church is a memorial of Sir Peter Gleane, Bart., who armed two companies of foot soldiers on behalf of Charles I., was J.P. for Norfolk above twenty years, and was twice M.P. for the county. The Gleanes owned the hall here, and gave (amongst other benefactions to the church) some beautiful silver altar plate.

The edifice has recently been repaired by the incumbent, Rev. C. Blomfield Smith, who is also rector of Shelton. The glebe here is 7A. 3R. 11P.

There is a SCHOOL BOARD for the combined parishes of Hardwick and Shelton, formed in 1871. John Furness, Esq., Norwich, is clerk, and the Rev. C.B. Smith, of Shelton, chairman. The other members are: Messrs. William Baxter, George Foulger, James Smith, and George Vipond.

POST, despatched at 5 p.m., delivery at 9 a.m., via Long Stratton, which is the nearest Money Order and Telegraph Office.

         Bower      Joseph          farmer
         Copping    Henry           corn miller
         Dade       Walter          shopkeeper
         Devereux   Benjamin        farmer
         Hill       Miss Catherine  school mistress
         Howard     John            shoemaker
         Lighton    Thomas G.       farmer
         Mullinger  Mr. Michael
         Nurse      Mr. John
         Punchard   George          farmer
         Reeder     Esau            farmer
         Smith      James           farmer, Hall farm
         Thurling   George          vict. Rose and Crown
         Vipond     George          farmer and builder
         Ward       John            farmer

See also the Hardwick parish page.

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April 2001