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Norfolk: Pulham Market

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

[Transcription copyright © Pat Newby]

PULHAM ST. MARY MAGDALEN, or Pulham Market, is a considerable village on the Waveney branch railway, about a mile north from Pulham St. Mary the Virgin, on an eminence 4½ miles N.W. of Harleston, and was formerly noted for the manufacture of hats, dornocks, coverlets, &c. Its parish is in Depwade union, Earsham hundred and petty sessional division, Harleston county court district, Ipswich bankruptcy court district, Harleston polling district of South Norfolk, Redenhall rural deanery, and Norfolk archdeaconry. It had 1127 inhabitants in 1881, including 203 in the Depwade union workhouse, which is situated in this parish. It has a rateable value of £4217.

The parish includes many scattered houses, and 2956A. lR. 19P. of land, of which the commons called Bush Green, Colegate End, and Gresham Green, were enclosed in 1838-9. It is nearly all in George Copeman, Esq.'s manor of Pulham (fines arbitrary), and anciently had a weekly market, and a cattle fair used to be held on the third Thursday in May. A small estate here is held by the service of blowing a horn at the opening of the manor court, and 7 acres by being 'the lord's hangman;' but the duties, of the latter office have long been obsolete. Lord Waveney, George Leggett, Esq., G.F. Bevan, Esq., W.H. Cole, Esq., and others, have estates here. The Hall, anciently a seat of a younger branch of the Percy family, was rebuilt by the late J. Crickmore, Esq. and is now the property of George Leggett, Esq., who occupies it.

The CHURCH is a large structure of mixed architecture, chiefly Perpendicular, and consists of a lofty nave with aisles, a chancel, and a tower with six bells. The roof is of carved wood, and part of the nave-roof is painted and gilt, and evidently ancient. There is a piscina in the chancel, and another in one of the aisles. Here are handsome mural monuments of the Rosier, Stanhawe, Cole, Roope, Palgrave, and Page families. The rectory, valued at £646, is in the patronage of the Crown, and in the incumbency of the Rev. Spencer Fellows, M.A., who has a commodious residence, which was enlarged and new fronted in 1861.

The NATIONAL SCHOOL was erected in 1852, at a cost of £352, and is attended by more than 100 children. The Wesleyans and Primitive Methodists have each a small chapel here, the former built in 1862. There are two cemeteries in the parish, one belonging to the Church and the other to the Dissenters. They were formed in 1860, when the churchyard was closed.

The Town Estate, which was vested in trust for the poor as early as the 16th century, consists of two farmhouses and 66 acres of land, let for £113, and seven cottages, let for £27 a year. Out of these rents £30 are appropriated to the church expenses, and the remainder is equally divided between the school and poor.

DEPWADE UNION comprises an area of 73,000 acres, and had 23,588 inhabitants, in 1881. Their average annual expenditure, from 1832 to 1835, was £24,000. (For present expenditure, see page 42 [which is the entry for Norfolk Poor Law].)

The following is an enumeration of the parishes in the Union, showing their territorial extent, the population in 1881, and the present rateable value:-

Parishes   Acres Population Rateable
Value
Parishes   Acres Population Rateable
Value
Alburgh
Aswellthorpe
Aslacton
Billingford
Brockdish
Bunwell
Burston
Carleton Rode
Denton
Dickleburgh
Diss
Earsham
Forncett St. Mary
Forncett St. Peter
Fritton
Fundenhall
Gissing
Great Moulton
Hapton
Hardwick
Hempnall
Morningthorpe
Needham
1,512
979
1,194
1,820
1,069
2,470
1,449
2,631
2,437
2,343
3,627
3,052
728
1,828
889
1,347
1,981
1,347
695
855
3,636
1,001
1,127
602
371
301
194
434
861
406
772
484
829
3,846
608
275
616
229
318
454
359
195
197
881
119
349
2,382
1,548
1,643
1,414
1,895
3,465
2,322
3,984
3,413
3,574
11,958
5,090
1,151
3,299
1,281
2,047
3,246
2,442
1,141
1,141
5,073
1,552
1,656
Pulham St. Mary Magdalen
Pulham St. Mary the Virgin
Redenhall with Harleston
Rushall
Scole with Thorpe, Parva and Frenze
Shelton
Shimpling
Starston
Stratton St. Mary
Stratton St. Michael
Tacolnestone
Tasburgh
Tharston
Thelveton
Thorpe Abbot
Tibenham
Tivetshall St. Margaret
Tivetshall St. Mary
Wacton
Wortwell
 
Total
} 5,995
 
3,714
1,170
821
1,292
780
2,244
1,517
1,050
1,580
916
1,582
1,050
1,122
3,286
1,668
1,125
1,044
--

72,681
1,127
822
1,731
209
720
142
175
510
622
264
438
446
375
160
225
629
339
299
233
416

23,582
4,217
4,278
5,930
1,484
2,953
1,645
1,181
3,100
2,640
1,707
2,407
1,443
2,682
1,444
1,527
4,396
3,023
1,606
1,524
1,677

117,581

The Union Workhouse was built in 1836-7, at a cost of £8240. It has room for 400 inmates, but has rarely so many. Clerk - J. Furness, St. Stephen's Chambers, Norwich. Medical Officers - Messrs. C.A. Owans, Stratton; J.L. Currie, Bungay; H.F. Howard, New Buckenham; W. Pratt, Pulham; F.R. Rose, Diss; J. Candler, Harleston; and H. Hardwicke, Saxlingham. School Attendance Officer - T.W. Garrood. Relieving Officers and School Enquiry Officers - Messrs. Edgar Shaw, Redenhall; George B. Mann, Dickleburgh; and George T. Myhill, Forncett St. Peter. Superintendent Registrar - J. Hotson, Long Stratton. Registrars of Marriages and Deaths - Henry Starr, Long Stratton; and the three relieving officers. Registrars of Marriages - Messrs. Edgar Shaw, Redenhall; G.T. Myhill, Forncett St. Peter; and F.R. Rose, Diss. Master of Workhouse - William J. Hardwick. Matron - Mrs. Emma S.M. Hardwick. No schoolmaster. Mixed school in future. Schoolmistress - Emma Kate Brock. Depwade Rural Sanitary Authority - Clerk, J, Furness; Medical Officer of Health, J. Candler; Inspector of Nuisances, T.W. Garrood, Tasburgh, Long Stratton.

POST OFFICE. at Henry William Churchyard's. Letters, viâ Harleston, arrive at 8 a.m. and depart at 5.15 p.m. This is a Telegraph Office.

         Alexander  Mr.             Town farm
         Alger      Henry           cattle dealer
         Andrews    Stephen         farmer, Manor farm
         Bailey     Edgar           shoemaker
         Bailey     Alfred          carpenter
         Barber     James           thatcher
         Barker     Matthew         farmer
         Barnes     John            farmer and owner
         Baxter     James           farmer
         Bean       John            farmer
         Berrett    Robert          accountant, auctioneer, and valuer,
                                      rent and debt collector, and agent
                                      for the Norwich Union, Norwich
                                      Equitable, Briton, Norwich and
                                      London Accident, General Hailstorm,
                                      Imperial Live Stock, Eastern
                                      Counties Building Society, and
                                      Accident Insurance Cos
         Boughton   Geo.            glover and hairdresser
         Boughton   Robt.           gardener and thatcher
         Brown      George          farmer, Town farm
         Brown      Robert          farmer
         Buckle     Charles         shoemaker
         Buckingham Herbert,
                      M.R.C.V.S.L   h Harlston [sic]
         Carpenter  Philip          (exors. of) farmer
         Churchyard Henry Wm.       grocer, draper, milliner, postmaster,
                                      and organist
         Clark      Robert          blacksmith
         Cook       Henry           shopkeeper
         Crisp      John            saddler
         Dolman     Philip          farmer, Julian farm
         Dolman     Mr William
         Edwards    George          farmer
         Edwards    John            farmer
         Farrow     Samuel          vermin killer
         Feaveayer  George          farmer
         Fellows    Rev. S.         rector, The Rectory
         Flegg      John            farm steward
         Goldsmith  Philip          farmer and owner
         Gostling
           & Co.                    chemists, &c.; and Diss
         Gough      Hadereza B.     tailor and draper
         Gowing     Robert          farmer
         Grimes     Mark            superintendent of police
         Hart       George          farmer
         Hazill     Charles         vict. Crown Inn
         Hesketh    Wm.             National schoolmaster
         Howlett    Edwd.           carpenter and farmer
         Howlett    Jacob           farmer
         Jeffreys   John            pig killer
         King       Robert          farmer
         Kingsbury  Misses Hannah
                      & Emma
         Lait       Miss Esther
                      Lucretia      day school
         Lait       Mrs Esther
         Leggett    Mrs Elizabeth   Brook cottage
         Leggett    George          farmer and owner
         Mann       Frederick       farmer
         Middleton  Mrs Mary
         Moore      Mrs Lucy
         Muskett    Charles         manager
         Nash       Arthur          farm steward
         Nurse      William         farmer, owner, surveyor, and guardian
         Outlaw     John            butcher
         Overy      Walter Henry    station master
         Palmer     Edward          wheelwright
         Palmer     Henry           farm steward
         Parkerson  Mr James
         Pead       Mr Edmund
         Pratt      Walter          surgeon
         Randell    John            vict. Queen's Head Inn
         Rayson     Thomas          carpenter
         Reeve      Willlam         bricklayer, builder, and coal merchant
         Roberts    -               farmer and owner
         Rope       James           parish clerk
         Rope       John            miller
         Rope       Wm.             carpenter, painter, & glazier
         Rudling    Joseph          watchmaker
         Salter     James           farmer
         Salter     Miss Mary Ann   farmer
         Seago      Edward          pork butcher
         Skinner    Charles         farmer
         Skinner    Samuel          farmer, Fox hole
         Smith      James           farmer and overseer
         Smith      Walter          beerhouse
         Soanes     John            farmer
         Spicer     William         farmer
         Stannard   Jno.            frmr. & market gardener
         Stanton    Miss Ellen      baker
         Stimpson   Richard         farmer
         Tewsley    Mr George       Beech cottage
         Vince      John            blacksmith, tinner, and ironmonger
         Wade       Richard         carpenter
         Waller     Mr John
         Waller     John            baker and flour dealer
         Waller     Miss Mary
         Walne      Thomas          farmer
         Warnes     Frederick       tailor
         West       Henry           grocer and draper
         Wharten    Mrs
         Wier       Mrs Lydia       vict. Falcon Inn
         Wilby      Thomas          pig killer
         Williams   Jeremiah        shopkeeper
         Wilton     Frank           farmer
 

RAILWAY STATION - G.E.R. Waveney valley, trains several times a day; W.H. Overy, station master


From ADDITIONS AND CORRECTIONS on pages 13-16:

Second paragraph:
  take out 'Lord Waveney;'
Fifth paragraph:
  replace "trust for the poor" with "trust for the church and poor"
First paragraph after the table of parishes:
  for 'W. Pratt,' read 'L. Paulley.'

In Directory,
  take out 'Alexander Mr.,' 'Alger Henry,' 'Edwards George,' 'Seago Edward,' 'Tewsley Mr George.'
  For 'Berrett Robert,' read 'Borrett Robert;'
  for Brown 'George,' read 'Daniel;'
  add J.P. to 'Fellows Rev. S.;'
  for 'Pratt W.,' read 'Paulley Legge;'
  for 'Rope' James, John, William, read 'Roope' in each case;
  for Waller Miss 'Mary,' read 'Ellen;'
  for 'Wharten,' read 'Wharton.'


See also the Pulham Market parish page.

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June 2011