Norfolk: South Pickenham


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

[Transcription copyright © Pat Newby]

PICKENHAM (SOUTH) is a parish and neat village, 4 miles S.S.E. of Swaffham, in Swaffham union and county court district, South Greenhoe hundred and petty sessional division, King's Lynn bankruptcy district, Swaffham polling district of West Norfolk, North Cranwich rural deanery, and Norfolk archdeaconry. It had 175 inhabitants in 1881, living on 1830 acres, and has a rateable value of £1996. About 200 acres are a rabbit warren on the heath west of the village. Edward Archer Applewhaite, Esq., is owner of the soil and lord of the manor. He resides at the Hall, an ancient mansion, which was repaired and modernised about fifty years ago, and stands in a well-wooded park of above 100 acres.

The CHURCH (All Saints) comprises nave, north porch, chancel, vestry, and round tower with octagonal belfry and one bell. On the north side are the remains of a chapel, in which Sir Henry Hobart, Knight, was interred in 1638; and in the chancel are several monuments of the Chutes, who were formerly seated at the hall. The church windows were restored in 1857, and a memorial window was added, to the memory of the eldest son of E.A. Applewhaite, who died in 1871.

The discharged rectory, valued in the King's Book at £8 1s. 5½d., is in the patronage of the lord of the manor, and incumbency of the Rev. Bircham Houchen, M.A., J.P., who has a yearly tithe rent-change of £315.

POST LETTERS arrive at 7 a.m., from Swaffham, which is the nearest Money Order Office. Wall box cleared at 4.55 p.m. No Sunday collection.

         Applewhaite  Edwd. Archer, Esq. J.P.  Pickenham hall
         Applewhaite  Colonel Charles Mundy    Pickenham hall
         Burton       William Gayer            shoemaker
         Chapman      Frederick                shopkeeper
         Dixon        Herbert                  farmer, Watton road
         Dixon        Herbert Samuel           land steward to E.A. Applewhaite,
                                                 Esq. J.P. The Hall farm
         Flood        H.                       farmer
         Pollard      Mrs Sarah                schoolmistress
         Richardson   Robert                   blacksmith and parish clerk

See also the South Pickenham parish page.

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May 2007