Norfolk: East Rudham


William White's History, Gazetteer, and Directory of Norfolk 1845

RUDHAM (EAST) is a considerable village, on the Lynn road, 7 miles W. of Fakenham, celebrated for two large annual fairs for cattle and merchandise, held on May 17th and October 14th, under a charter granted by King John to the ancient and honourable family of Belet, who long held this parish, and founded in it Coxford Priory, on the banks of a rivulet, nearly 2 miles E. of the village, adjacent to Tattersett. This extensive priory, of which, but little is known, had a boundary wall enclosing about 30 acres, and two large pieces of it, with a noble arch, are still standing. It was granted at the dissolution to Thomas, Duke of Norfolk. A small pot of Roman coins was dug up amongst the ruins, in 1719.

East Rudham has increased its population since 1801, from 572 to 994 souls, and has in its parish 3,903A. 2R. 10P. of land, but only 3,779 acres are assessable. Most of it belongs to Lord Charles Townshend, the lord of the manor, and patron of the CHURCH, (St Mary,) which has a low embattled tower, and is a rectory, valued in the King's Book at £6. 6s. 8d., and united with the vicarage of West Rudham, in the incumbency of the Rev. Thomas Bland. The joint benefices were valued in 1831 at £407. The tithes of the two parishes were commuted in 1839, at £560 per annum to the incumbent, and £995 to the impropriator.

The Fuel Allotment, 20A., was awarded in 1821; and the poor have £5 a year, from Lady Berkeley's charity, left in 1617.

         Bland     Rev. Thomas      Rectory
         Bower     J.W.             veterinary surgeon
         Bridges   John             blacksmith, Coxford
         Defew     George           saddler
         Drage     John             grocer, draper, chandler, and seed and
                                       spirit merchant
         Everitt   Edward           plumber & glazier
         Frost     Hy.              parish clerk & schoolmr.
         Jackson   John             joiner and builder
         Kitton    Robert           grocer and draper
         Manby     Edward & Fredk.  surgeons
         Mays      William          vict., Crown Inn
         Page      William          carpenter and victualler, White Horse
         Rathborn  Mrs. Ann
         Raven     John             miller
         Rowle     Thos.            joiner & cabinet maker
         Rye       William          vict., Ranger, Coxford
         Sampson   William          saddler
         Tipple    William          plumber, &c.
         Upjohn    Francis Robert   surgeon and registrar
         Wright    Richard          tinner, &c.
            Bakers.                    FARMERS.
         Barker    George           Billing   John, Coxford
         Glasswell John             Freeman   John
         Raven     J. (miller)      Stedman   John
         Rolling   William
            Beer Houses.               Shoemakers.
         Kendall   Philip           Green     Charles
         Powell    Sarah            Sillis    William
         Stapleton John             Tipple    John
                                    Toll      John
            Blacksmiths.               Tailors.
         Kendall   John             Mason     Henry
         Newell    Henry            Parker    Edward
         Powell    Thomas           Riches    Thomas
         Franks    Robert
         Pitcher   Ward
         Sayer     Robert
         Swallow   Shadh.

POST OFFICE at the Crown Inn. Letters from Rougham daily.

CARRIERS to Norwich, &c., calling at the Inns.

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January 2002