Norfolk: Runhall


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

[Transcription copyright © Pat Newby]

RUNHALL parish, near the chief source of the river Yare, 12 miles W. of Norwich, and 4½ miles N.E. of Hingham, is in Forehoe union, hundred, and petty sessional division, Wymondham county court district, Norwich bankruptcy district, Hingham polling district of South Norfolk, Forehoe division of Hingham rural deanery, and Norfolk archdeaconry. It had 192 inhabitants in 1881, living on 834 acres of land, and has a rateable value of £1246. The Earl of Kimberley is the chief owner of the soil, and lord of the manor.

The CHURCH (All Saints) is a plain structure of Early English architecture, and comprises nave, south porch, and round tower with one bell. The chancel is in ruins, and the chancel arch is walled up. Two of the windows of the nave are Perpendicular, and in the north-east corner is a niche for a saint. The nave of the church was new-roofed in 1871, and the old pews replaced by neat benches, and the interior of the church has been altogether much improved.

The Earl of Kimberley is impropriator of the great tithes, and patron of the vicarage, which was valued in the King's Book at £6 18s., and augmented from 1742 to 1824, with £1200 of Queen Anne's Bounty, though now valued at £60 a year. It has been consolidated with the rectory of Coston since 1855 (see page 207 [which is the entry for Coston]).

A good substantial SCHOOLROOM has been built by the Earl of Kimberley, capable of holding 50 children - a voluntary school, supported by the Earl of Kimberley and the ratepayers of Coston and Runhall.

The poor have 10s. a year, left by Mrs. Lindsey out of Mr. Rose's estate. (See Addenda.)

POST PILLAR-BOX cleared at 5.45 p.m., delivery at 8 a.m. Letters via Wymondham, which is the nearest Telegraph Office. Nearest Money Order Office at Barnham-Broom.

         Banham    William     farmer
         Batson    William     farmer
         Brasnett  Frederick   miller and baker
         Breeze    William     farmer
         Cobb      Richard     farmer
         Duffield  William     shopkeeper
         Foyster   Miss Alice  schoolmistress
         Green     Lewis       pork butcher
         Hardy     Charles     blacksmith
         Orton     Thomas      farmer and victualler, Black Horse
         Woodcock  William     farmer
         Wright    Robert      farmer; h Norwich


Three acres of land, let for £7 8s. to Mr. B. Leeds, termed the Recreation Ground, which, after satisfying claims upon it, yields £3 16s., distributed in coals to the poor.

In Directory, insert
    'Slipper Rev. R.B., vicar.'

See also the Runhall parish page.

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January 2004