Norfolk: Runcton Holme


William White's History, Gazetteer, and Directory of Norfolk 1883

[Transcription copyright © Pat Newby]

HOLME-NEXT-RUNCTON is a small scattered village, in the marshy grounds between the river Ouse and South Runcton, 4 miles N. of Downham, and 1½ miles S. of Watlington Station. It is in Downham union and county court district, Lynn bankruptcy district, Clackclose hundred and petty sessional division, Downham polling district of West Norfolk, Fincham rural deanery, and Norfolk archdeaconry. It had 267 inhabitants in 1881, living on 1096 acres, and has a rateable value of £1832 15s. Thomas Somers Cocks, Esq., is lord of the manor, but the soil belongs to Sir W.H. Ffolkes, Bart., Edmund E. Peel, Esq., executors of Fredk. Wicks, Esq., Caius College, Cambridge, and some smaller owners.

The CHURCH (St. James) is a small fabric, comprising nave, chancel, vestry, south porch, and a square tower with three bells. Six of its windows are filled with stained glass, one of which was inserted in 1856 in memory of a former curate, another in memory of the late rector, the Rev. Canon Wray, who died in 1867. The church contains a piscina, and the registers date from 1562.

The rectory, valued in the King's Book at £9 19s. 2d., is consolidated with South Runcton and Wallington-with-Thorpland. The united rectories are now worth £675, and are in the patronage of E.E. Peel, Esq., and incumbency of the Rev. Charles Greenwood Floyd, M.A., who has 14 acres of glebe, and 9 acres at South Runcton.

Here is a very neat Primitive Methodist chapel, erected in 1881, at a cost of over £200. It will seat about 80 people.

The NATIONAL SCHOOL, with teacher's house attached, was built in 1839, enlarged in 1862, and rebuilt on a much larger scale in 1879, at a cost of about £1300. It is a very handsome white brick building, with red brick dressings, and is supported by voluntary subscriptions, school pence, and Government grant. The school contains a good library of more than 500 volumes. It is attended by about 90 children.

The Church Land, 1A. 12P., is let for £2. A close of 2½ acres, let in allotments for £7 10s., was left for poor widows, by Eliz. Hewitt, in 1705. The poor have the interest of £10, left by Thomas Towers, in 1728; and an annuity of £4, left by Thomas Taylor, out of land at South Runcton.

Here is a Wall Letter-Box, cleared at 6 p.m. weekdays, and 10 a.m. Sundays, viâ Downham, which is the nearest Money Order and Telegraph Office.

         Atkin      James              hide and skin dealer
         Baker      John               bricklayer
         Baldrey    James              farmer
         Baldrey    Samuel             shopkeeper
         Bligh      Thomas             market gardener
         Bradfield  Jesse              farmer, Holme house
         Capp       John               beerhouse & carpenter
         Dennis     Miss Caroline      schoolmistress
         Floyd      Rev. Charles
                      Greenwood, M.A.  rector
         Gutteridge Thomas             shopkeeper
         Heading    Mrs Anna Maria     farmer
         Howell     John               farmer and landowner, Manor farm
         Stibbon    John               market gardener
         Stibbon    Osborn             farmer
         Towler     John               bootmaker
         Vine       Robert             farmer

Stow is the nearest RAILWAY STATION

See also the Runcton Holme parish page.

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July 2015