Norfolk: Helhoughton


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

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HELHOUGHTON, in a valley, 5 miles S.W. by W. of Fakenham, has its parish in Walsingham union, Fakenham county court district, Norwich bankruptcy district, Gallow petty sessional division and hundred, Fakenham polling district of West Norfolk, Toftrees rural deanery, and Norwich archdeaconry. It had 335 inhabitants in 1881, living on 1637 acres, and has a rateable value of £2048. Most of the parish is the property of the Marquis Townshend, the lord of the manor.

The CHURCH (All Saints) comprises nave, chancel, and square tower with one bell; and contains a piscina, and a fine brass to Robert Stapleton and his wife. The Marquis of Townshend is impropriator of the great tithes, and patron of the vicarage, which was valued in the King's Book at £6 13s. 4d., and is consolidated with the rectory of South Rainham.

The patron pays £6 14s. 8d. per annum to the parishes of Helhoughton and West Rainham alternately, for apprenticing poor children, as left by Lady Mary Townshend in 1662. The poor of Helhoughton have £3 6s. 8d. a year left by Lady Jane Berkeley in 1617; and 20 acres of wet peaty land, allotted at the enclosure in 1821, when 1A. 3R. were awarded to the church.

The Boys' School, with master's house attached, erected in 1854 by the Marquis Townshend, has been enlarged. It is attended by about 80 boys from the three Rainhams and Helhoughton, and is supported by a voluntary rate. The Girls' School is at Rainham.

Here is a Primitive Methodist Chapel, rebuilt in 1880.

POST OFFICE at Mr. W.J. Young's. Letters arrive at 6.30 a.m., and are despatched at 6.30 p.m. viâ Swaffham. East Rudham is the nearest Money Order Office.

         Bolingbroke Alfred       brick foreman
         Bond        John         wheelwright
         Booth       Mrs Mary
         Brown       Alfred       pork butcher
         Butcher     Robt.        frmr. Painswhin house
         Francis     Thos. Wm.    fmr. & Broomsthorpe
         Harper      Daniel       carpenter
         Layland     James        schoolmaster
         Leech       Peter        vict. Buck Inn
         Matsell     John         hawker
         Parsons     John         blacksmith
         Payne       Arthur       beerhs. & porkbutcher
         Rutland     Mrs Ellen    day school
         Scott       John         tailor
         Taylor      Mrs Ann
         Walker      John         farmer
         Willimott   Thomas       parish clerk
         Wright      William      carpenter
         Young       Wm. Jas.     grcr. drpr. & postmastr

RAILWAY - Rainham Park station

See also the Helhoughton parish page.

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August 2008