William White's History, Gazetteer, and Directory of Norfolk 1845
REEDHAM is a large scattered village, on the north side of the river Yare, 9 miles S.W. by W. of Yarmouth, close to the Norwich and Yarmouth Railway
, which has a station
here. It derives its name from the great quantity of reeds growing in the marshes, and is noted as being one of the seats of the Saxon Kings of East Anglia, and as the place where Lothbroch, the Dane, was murdered. (Vide p. 237 [which is part of the history of Yarmouth].) The matrix of an Agnus Dei was found here in 1816, in a field supposed to be the site of a Roman station.
The parish includes Whitten green and Reedham Ferry, about 1 mile W., and the modern hamlet of Berney Arms, 3 miles N.E. of the church; all on the banks of the Yare. It comprises 614 inhabitants, and 3241 acres, of which 2163 are marsh, or meadow, and 1067 arable.
J.F. Leathes, and T.T. Berney, Esqrs., are the principal owners, and the former is lord of the manor and patron of the rectory, which is valued in the King's Book at £18, and in 1831, at £607, with the vicarage of Freethorpe annexed to it, and now enjoyed by the Rev. Fred. Leathes, the brother of the patron. The glebe here is 92A. 1R. 9P., and the tithes have been commuted for £520 per annum.
The Church (St. John the Baptist,) has a handsome marble monument, with effigies of Thomas Guybon, his wife, and children; also several inscriptions to the Berneys, one of whom rebuilt the hall in 1557. It has recently been thoroughly repaired and beautified at the cost of upwards of £500, exclusive of the chancel, which was restored at the expense of the late rector.
A National School, of brick and stone, in the Elizabethan style, was erected here in 1844, at the expense of the patron and incumbent, aided by grants from the National School Society and the Committee of Council on Education. It has room for 100 children.
Here is a small Primitive Methodist Chapel.
Marked * are at Whitten Green.
Barnes James millwright
Bee Robert cooper
Blanchflower Thos. C. druggist (and Loddon)
Case Wm. vict. Ship
* Chaster Francis joiner
Goffen Edward vict. Lord Nelson
Goffen Rd. vict. Brickmakers' Arms
Goffen Jas. lime burner & coal dlr
Hall James boat builder
* Jones Samuel bricklayer
Kidall Robert corn miller & mercht
Leathes Rev Frederic Rectory
* Layton Henry beerhouse keeper
Maddison George relieving officer
Neale John vict. Railway Arms
* Robbins Rev William
Rushmer Robert vict. Berney Arms
Rushmer James cattle dealer
Sales John blacksmith
Collins Daniel Anguish John
Leeder Richard * Barnes Wm.
Benns John Barton Wm.
Benns Philip Hindle Nathl. (& blacksmith)
Browne Robert Lines Julius (and tailor)
Burgess James Smith Samuel
Cockerill Ezekiel Stone Benj. (and brickmaker)
RAILWAY - Trains several times a day, to Norwich & Yarmouth.
See also the Reedham parish page.
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