William White's History, Gazetteer, and Directory of Norfolk 1845
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PULHAM ST. MARY THE VIRGIN is a large village on an acclivity, 3 miles N.W. of Harleston, and has in its parish 924 souls, and 2998A. 3R. 32P. of land. Robert Copeman, Esq., of Aylesham [sic], is lord of the manor, in which are many copyholds, subject to arbitrary fines. The large commons here and in Pulham St. Mary Magdalen, have been enclosed under an Act of Parliament, passed in 1838.
The Church is a large antique fabric, with a lofty square tower, six bells, and a handsome porch in the florid Gothic style, ornamented with large figures of angels, &c. The stained glass in the east window was destroyed by a storm in 1818, when the south chancel window was also blown out. The rectory, with Pulham St. Mary Magdalen annexed to it, is valued in the King's Book at £33. 6s. 8d., and the tithes of the two parishes were commuted in 1837 for £1308 per annum. The glebe is 36A., with a good residence. The patronage is in the Crown, and the Rev. Wm. Leigh, M.A. is the incumbent.
In 1670, Wm. Pennoyer charged certain property which he left to Christ's Hospital in London, with the yearly payment of £4 for the poorest parishioners, and £5 for schooling poor children. He also directed that the future lords of the manor should pay one-fifteenth part of the rents and profits of the manors, so as to make up £20 a year for a schoolmaster, to teach 30 or 40 boys of the two parishes of Pulham and the adjacent places. Only £10 a year is paid by the present lord of the manor, and the master receives the above-named £5 out of Vaunces farm. The school is kept in a building called the Old Chapel.
The Town Farm, 16A., is let for £25. 10s. a year, of which £10 is paid to the master of the Sunday School, and the remainder is applied with the church rates. A meadow, which had been long held by the Overseers, was sold about forty years ago, for the purpose of paying off a debt that had been incurred in erecting a Parish Workhouse, and enclosing 10A. of land from the South Common. The workhouse is now converted into five cottages. These and 73 allotments are let to the poor at low rents. A small estate here is held by the service of blowing a horn at the opening of the manor court, and 7A. by being "the lord's hangman," but the duties of the latter office have long been obsolete.
Allured John tailor
Brown John maltster
Canham Thos. vict. Maid's Head
Cooper Miss ladies' school
Cross Robert butcher
Drane Mrs Abigail gentlewoman
High John schoolmaster
Leigh Rev Wm. M.A. Rectory
Mills Charles surgeon
Mullenger George wheelwright
Parkerson Miss [see note below]
Pratt Wm. gent. [see note below]
Rodwell Chas. gent. [see note below]
Stanton Eliz. & Robt. corn millers
Webb Miss I. [see note below]
Youell John carpenter
Clarke Daniel Goldsmith Thos.
Lovelace Thos. Harrison Saml.
Bentfield Edw. Harvey John
Bond Thomas Howe Thomas
Borrett Michael Mays Wm.
Burgess James Nurse John
Burgess Thomas Nurse Wm.
Colby Caleb Peak Thomas
Ebbage John Poppy David
Feek Wm. Pratt Simpson
Folkard James Reeve John
Gooderham John Webb My. Ann
Brown Mary and Maria King James
Saunders Wm. Pritty James
Sidney Churchyard Vipond Joseph
Note: in the original, these are
Parkerson Miss and Webb Miss I.
Pratt Wm. & Rodwell Chas. gent.
See also the Pulham St Mary the Virgin parish page.
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