William White's History, Gazetteer, and Directory of Norfolk 1883
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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:-
Forncett St. Mary
Forncett St. Peter
|Pulham St. Mary Magdalen
Pulham St. Mary the Virgin
Redenhall with Harleston
Scole with Thorpe, Parva and Frenze
Stratton St. Mary
Stratton St. Michael
Tivetshall St. Margaret
Tivetshall St. Mary
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
M.R.C.V.S.L h Harlston [sic]
Carpenter Philip (exors. of) farmer
Churchyard Henry Wm. grocer, draper, milliner, postmaster,
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
& 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
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
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:
take out 'Lord Waveney;'
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.'
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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