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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