Norfolk: Kirstead


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

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KIRSTEAD, 8 miles S.S.E. of Norwich, had in its parish 201 inhabitants in 1881, living on 1012 acres of land, and has a rateable value of £1484 16s. 9d.; gross rental £1631 3s. It is in Loddon union, hundred, and petty sessional division, Beccles county court district, Yarmouth bankruptcy district, Loddon polling district of South Norfolk, West Brooke rural deanery, and Norfolk archdeaconry. C. Garrard, Esq., of Diss, is lord of the manor. The soil belongs to Viscount Canterbury, Charles Kerrison, Esq., Mr. W.D. Whall, and a few smaller owners. The Hall, an old Elizabethan mansion of red brick, belongs to Viscount Canterbury.

The CHURCH (St. Margaret), formerly a small building consisting of nave and chancel, and tower containing two bells, was thoroughly restored and rebuilt in 1864. The seats are poppy-headed benches, and the communion rails are of iron with brass finishings. In the chancel are four small windows filled with stained glass, some of them in memory of members of the Kerrison family, to whom here are also several mural tablets. A handsome stained window has recently been placed on the north side, in memory of the Rev. Jonathan Bates, late rector of this parish, by his widow. In 1857 two stone coffin lids were dug up in the churchyard. The Registers date from 1663.

The rectory, valued in the King's Book at £10, is in the patronage of Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge, and in the incumbency of the Rev. T. Galliers, M.A., who has a neat residence, recently enlarged, a yearly tithe rent-charge of £300, and about 38 acres of glebe.

Here was anciently another parish called Langhale, but its church (St. Christopher) was long ago demolished, and its rectory annexed to that of Kirstead, which is sometimes called Kirstead-with-Langhale.

A SCHOOL BOARD was established here in 1873, and consists of the following members: viz. Rev. Thomas Galliers, M.A. (chairman), Robert B.D. Whall, Henry Butcher, Uriah Tibbenham, and R.C. Reynolds. R. Yallop, of Brooke, is the clerk. The school is at present held in a cottage.

The poor have 20s. a year left by Thomas Spooner, in 1630, out of land belonging to Viscount Canterbury.

POST from Norwich.

         Balls     Robert           shopkpr. & wheelwright
         Barnby    John             farmer, The Hall
         Burgess   James            farmer
         Butcher   John             farmer
         Dickerson Dennis           thatcher
         Dickerson Wltr.            basketmkr. & thatcher
         Galliers  Rev. Thos., M.A. rector, Rectory
         Howell    Henry            farm steward
         Kerrison  Chas.            farmer & owner, Langhale house
         Moore     Joshua           farmer, Glebe farm
         Martins   William          farmer
         Pye       Dennis           pork butcher, farmer and parish clerk
         Riches    Miss Susannah    schoolmistress
         Sparkes   Benjamin         farmer
         Tibbenham Mrs Mary Ann     victualler, Green Man Inn
         Titlow    Simeon           farmer
         Whall     Robt. B. Dring   farmer
         Whall     Wm. Dring        landowner

See also the Kirstead parish page.

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February 2010