Norfolk: West Rudham


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

RUDHAM, (WEST) a parish and village, adjoining the above [East Rudham], 8 miles W. by S. of Fakenham, has 490 inhabitants, and 2,438 acres, of which, 100 acres are heath, 180 pasture, and the rest arable. A small brook runs through the village, and gives rise to the river Wensum. A great part of the soil belongs to Lord Charles Townshend, the Marquis Cholmondeley, G. W. Chad, Esq., and Money Curtis, Esq., and lies in the manors of Houghton, Castleacre, and Northall, or St Faiths'.

The CHURCH (St. Peter,) has a nave, south aisle, chancel, and a short tower; and in the same enclosure, there was a chapel dedicated to All Saints standing in 1493. The living is a discharged vicarage, valued in the King's Book at £7. 6s. 8d., and consolidated with the rectory of East Rudham. Lord Charles Townshend is patron, and also impropriator of the rectorial tithes.

         Barrett    Mrs. Mary
         Cannell    Annison       baker & Temp. Hotel
         Colman     Thos.         shoemaker & beerhs.
         Gathercole John          joiner
         Goose      Robert        carpenter
         Payne      James         bricklayer
         Parsons    Edward        blacksmith
         Piggott    Michael John  watch maker
         Powell     William       vict., Duke's Head
         Riches     John & Son    tailors & drapers
         Sharpin    Thomas        gardener
         Waller     Richard       cooper
         Stringer   William       carrier to Norwich and Lynn
         Algar      Robert
         Barnett    John
         Curtis     Henry
         Harper     John
         Rathborn   Wm.
         Tingay     Thos. R.
         Wightman   John

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January 2002