Norfolk: Needham


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

[Transcription copyright © Pat Newby]

NEEDHAM, on the Diss road, 1 mile W.S.W. of Harleston, has in its parish 310 souls, and 1200 acres of land, in five manors, of which the following are the names and owners:- Bourts, F.B. Frank, Esq.; Denisons, Lady G. Beresford; Seymours, R.K. Cobbold, Esq.; Witchingham, Sir R.S. Adair; and Gunshaw, the Rev. T.W. Whitaker; but the Duke of Norfolk has a paramount jurisdiction.

The Church (St. Peter,) was formerly a chapel to Mendham, and is an ancient fabric, except the chancel, which was rebuilt in 1735. Sir Robert Shafto Adair, Bart., is impropriator of the tithes, and patron of the perpetual curacy, which was certified at £15, and valued in 1831 at £72, in the incumbency of the Rev. John Knevett, of Syleham. It was augmented from 1675 to 1817 with £1000 of Queen Anne's Bounty, and £400 given by the Rev. A. Freston and Mrs. Pyncome.

The Town Estate [consists] of several cottages and 24A. of land, mostly granted in the reign of Elizabeth, and now let for £66. 10s., applied with the poor rates. In 1547, John Gowen left to the poor a yearly rent-charge of 6s. 8d.


         Aldous     Robert      shopkeeper
         Bent       Wm.         bricklayer
         Blackmore  Jonathan    linen manufacturer
         Blackmore  Mark        fishmonger
         Chalker    Mr. Wm.
         Chilvers   Henry       blacksmith
         Freston    James       shoemaker [see note below]
         Palmer     Wm.         vict., Red Lion
         Smith      Elizabeth   vict., Fishmongers' Arms
         Starr      Samuel      shoemaker [see note below]
         Starr      Wm.         cider maker
         Whur       Mary Ann    gardener
         Blackmore  Jno.        Miles      Emma
         Crisp      Charles     Pratt      James Burford (Gunshaw Hall)
         Edwards    Alfred      Taylor     Samuel
         Foulger    Robert      Steverson  Wm.

Note: In the original this is:
   James Freston and Samuel Starr, shoemakers;

See also the Needham parish page.

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May 2003