Norfolk: North Lopham


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

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LOPHAM (NORTH), a village 3½ miles S.E. by S. of East Harling, has its parish in Guiltcross union and hundred, Guiltcross and Shropham petty sessional division, Diss county court district, Ipswich bankruptcy district, Harling polling district of South Norfolk, Rockland rural deanery, and Norfolk archdeaconry. It had 674 inhabitants in 1881, living on 2000 acres, and had a rateable value of £3153.

Lopham Park, which extends over 900 acres, belongs to the Duke of Norfolk, but H.E. Garrod, Esq., of Diss, is lord of the manor, in which are numerous small copyholds, subject to arbitrary fines. This manor comprehends also South Lopham; and the two villages have long been famous for the manufacture of linen or hempen cloth; and though but little yarn is now spun here by hand-wheels, here are several looms employed in weaving sheeting, diaper, huckaback, damask, &c., which are sold unbleached by the manufacturers, who hawk them in their own carts over this and the adjacent counties.

The CHURCH (St. Nicholas) is a large and handsome structure, comprising nave, south aisle, chancel, porch, and square tower. The chancel was restored in 1862. The rectory, valued in the King's Book at £17 0s. 5½d., is consolidated with South Lopham. The benefice has a small rectorial manor in the two adjoining parishes, and must be given to a fellow of St. John's College, Cambridge. The tithes of this parish were commuted in 1845 for £303 per annum, and here are 5A. 2R. of glebe.

The SCHOOL BOARD was formed May 26, 1877, and now consists of Messrs. John W. Bobby (chairman), Thomas Womack (vice-chairman), Edward Muskett, Stephen Holden, and Stephen Beales. Mr. F. Fowell, Garboldisham, is clerk. The National School, erected 1871, is now only used as a Sunday school, and is let for concerts.

The Burial Board, formed in 1870, consists of nine members, three of whom retire annually. The cemetery adjoining the churchyard is 1A. 20P.: the land cost £80, and the Board have spent £150. Rev. - Bateman is chairman.

The Wesleyans and Primitive Methodists have each a chapel here.

Mary Williamson, in 1696, left 7A. 1R. 20P. of land, at Garboldisham, for apprenticing poor children, or clothing the poor of this parish. The Fuel Allotment, 103A. 2R. 11P., was awarded at the enclosure, in 1815. The Town Lands, partly purchased, and partly given by Robert Bringloe, in 1687, and other donors, consist of about 43A., in the parishes of Lopham, Garboldisham, and Shelfanger. They are let, with two cottages, at rents amounting to £80 per annum, a portion of which is applied in the service of the church. Here are also a house and garden, occupied by several poor families. The Fuel Allotment and Town Lands are now administered under a new scheme. Mr. H.H. Beales is clerk.

LETTERS through East Harling arrive at 7.30 a.m. Pillar Box cleared at 5 p.m., Sundays 10.30 a.m. Kenninghall is the nearest Money Order Office.

         Anderson    Wm.             frmr. Chesnut Tree frm
         Banham      Richard         baker & coal dealer
         Barham      Ph.             tailor, parish clerk, and school
                                       attendance officer
         Beales      Mrs Grace       vict. Black Horse
         Beales      Herbert Hy.     vict. King's Head. clerk to
                                       Charity Trustees
         Beales      Samuel          butcher and farmer
         Beales      Mr Stephen
         Beales      Stephen, jun.   linen manufctr
         Beales      Wm.             carpenter & wheelwright
         Bobby       John Wragg      flour seller, newsagent, agent to
                                       the Suffolk Alliance Fire Office
         Bowell      Jas.            shoemaker & vict. Bull
         Bowell      Robert          farmer & landowner
         Bowell      Thos.           farmer and landowner
         Brock       Fredk.          farmer and dealer
         Brown       Chas.           farmer, The Lodge
         Buckenham   Mrs Georgina    The Limes
         Buckenham   T.W. & J.       linen mnufcts.; and 65 Berners st.
                                       Oxford st. W.
         Butcher     George          farmer
         Cattermole  Richard         fruit dealer
         Chamberlain Mr Thomas
         Cobb        Coleby          baker
         Coe         John            boot and shoemaker
         Coe         Robert          boot and shoemaker
         Edwards     Edgar           tailor
         Emms        William         farmer
         Fletcher    Mrs Rhoda       Rose Villa
         Foster      William         bricklayer
         Gooch       John            fowl dealer
         Hinds       Wm. Thos.       vet. surgeon, regtd
         Holden      James           farmer
         Holden      Stephen         farmer & fruit dlr
         Howe        Charles         farmer and landowner
         Hubbard     Charles         farmer
         Kettle      Alfred          plumber
         Laud        Mr Christopher
         Laud        George          carpenter
         Laud        Walter          farmer
         Laud        Walter Edward   linen manufactr
         Ling        Robert          blacksmith
         Mann        - & Mrs.        master and mistress at Board school
         Murton      Charles         linen manufacturer
         Murton      John            linen manufacturer
         Newsom      Geo. Wm.        linen manufactr
         Pearce      Wm.             vict. Bell, and farmer
         Reeve       Righteous John  thatcher
         Robinson    Thomas          farmer
         Rolfe       Horace          farmer
         Rolfe       Mr Walter
         Ruddock     Alfred          tailor & shopkeeper
         Shaw        Arthur Geo.     vict. Cherry Tree, and fishmonger
         Taylor      David           bricklayer
         Taylor      Thomas          bricklayer
         Thomson     Rev. John, M.A. curate
         Walker      Isaac           carpenter
         Wharton     Miss Mary Ann   The Grange
         Whitmore    Mrs.            farmer
         Womack      John            farmer & linen mnuftr
         Womack      John Wharton    grcr. & drpr
         Womack      Thos.           farmer, Park farm
         Womack      Thos. Wm.       grocer & draper (Pattinson & W.),
                                       coal & lime merchants, East
                                       Harling road station
         Womack      Wm. John        coach builder, wheelwright, &
                                       farmer, The Ashes

See also the North Lopham parish page.

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March 2006