Norfolk: Stalham


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

[Transcription copyright © Peter Green]

STALHAM, a small market town, on the Lynn and Fakenham Railway, 8½ miles S.E. of North Walsham, and 14½ N.E. by N. of Norwich, is a parish in Smallburgh union, Happing hundred, Happing and Tunstead petty sessional division, North Walsham county court district, Norwich bankruptcy district, Stalham polling district of North Norfolk, Happing division of Waxham rural deanery, and Norfolk archdeaconry.

It had 852 inhabitants in 1881, living on 1759 acres of land, exclusive of 33 acres of roads and water. Its rateable value is £1754. A little south of the village are two wharves or staiths, with corn warehouses, coal yards, &c., on the Broads, which are navigable thence to Yarmouth. Robert Cooke's exors. are lords of the manor of Linford and Wilds, and George Randall Johnson, Esq., is lord of the manor of Stalham Hall. They are also impropriators of most of the great tithes, and with the Rev. James White, are the principal landowners.

The CHURCH (St. Mary) consists of nave with aisles and clerestory, chancel, south porch, and square embattled tower with one bell. The clerestory is lighted by quatrefoils. There are some remains of the panels belonging to the chancel screen, bearing painted figures of St. Andrew, St. Thomas of Canterbury, St. Edward, St. Edmund, St. Roch, and St. Francis. In the south aisle is the ancient but mutilated stoup. The octagonal font was restored in 1861, and bears carvings of the Apostles, the Baptism of Christ, and the Resurrection.

In 1864, an organ and choir seats were erected in the chancel of the church by the present vicar, and with the permission of G.R. Johnson, Esq., lay impropriator; a further restoration of the church took place in the years 1872 and 1873 at a cost of £450. There is a brass to the Riches family dated 1624. The Register dates from the year 1560.

The living is a discharged vicarage, valued in the King's Book at £5; but it was augmented in 1753 with £200 of Queen Anne's Bounty, and has now a good residence, with 9A. 2R., of glebe. The Rev. James White, M.A., is patron, and the Rev. Joseph Neville White, B.A., is the incumbent. The rectorial tithes have been commuted for £363 per annum, and the vicarial for £194 per annum. About 480 acres are free of great tithes.

The National School, built by the Rev. B. Cubitt in 1841, and enlarged by the present vicar in 1862, is now used as a Sunday school. A SCHOOL BOARD for the united parishes of Stalham and Brumstead was established in 1875, and consists of the Rev. J. Neville White (chairman) and Messrs. - Ingham (vice), B.C. Silcock, E. Cooke, W.H. Jay (Stalham); and Mr. George Gladden. Mr. Joshua Meale is clerk. New schools have been erected at a cost of £1450, to accommodate 140 children.

Here is a small Wesleyan and a Baptist chapel. The Police Station was built in 1855 at a cost of £750, and attached are residences for an inspector and one police constable. A Fire Engine was established here in 1833. The Corn Hall is a neat brick structure, erected in 1855 by a company of shareholders at a cost of about £470, but it is now used for concerts, lectures, &c. The farmers and corn merchants meet for the transaction of business at the Maid's Head Inn, and the Rational Sick Society has its lodge here. The Lecture Hall was built in 1858 and afterwards enlarged, at a total cost of about £200. It is used by various denominations for religious meetings.

The Poor's Allotment, 72A. 34P., awarded under the Enclosure Act of 47th Geo. III. (1807), is let by the year to several holders, and the rents are given in money to the natives of the parish and their descendants. In 1626, John Riches left for the poor £10, which was laid out in the purchase of a house, which was sold by the overseers for £80. In 1634, Thomas Smith left a house and land, to pay yearly £5 to the poor, and 13s. 4d. to the vicar. Including an allotment of 3A. 18P. awarded to it at the enclosure, the property now belonging to this charity consists of a house, stable, blacksmith's shop, and 7 acres of land, let for £31. 10s. per annum, the whole of which, except for 13s. 4d. to the vicar, is distributed among the poor. In 1718, Catherine Smith left 6 acres, called the Long Closes, to the vicar, for reading prayers every Wednesday and Friday in Lent, but subject to the yearly payment of 16s. for the poor, and 4s. to the clerk for cleaning her monument.

The Sutton New Friendly Society, for the united parishes of Stalham, Sutton, Hickling, Catfield, Ludham, and Potter Heigham, was established in 1840, and has 460 members, and is under the management of the Vicar of Stalham.

POST OFFICE at Mrs. Emily Margaret Cattermoul's. Letters viâ Norwich arrive at 6 a.m., and depart at 4.20 a.m. for Norwich and 5.50 p.m. for Great Yarmouth. This is also a Money Order Office, Post Office Savings Bank, Telegraph Office, and Government Annuity Office.

         Allcock     Edward         carpenter
         Allcock     George         saddler
         Allcock     William        joiner and builder
           & Co.                    shoemakers
         Barcham     John           accountant, agent for Norwich Union,
                                      the General Hailstorm, and the Norwich
                                      & London Accident Insurance Cos.
         Batchelor   John           builder & contractor
         Bates       Robert & Son
                       (James)      blacksmiths, coachmakers & whlwrights
         Bilham      Miss Betsy
         Bilham      Daniel         vict. Swan Inn
         Bilham      Ephraim        tailor and draper
         Bilham      Gaze           saddler
         Bilham      Robert         basket maker
         Bradbury    Robert         chemist & bkseller
         Bristow     Alfred         miller, corn merchant, and farmer;
                                      and East Ruston
         Burton      Mrs Sarah      coal, &c. merchant, wharfinger and
                                      vessel owner, water carrier, &c.
         Cattermoul  Mrs Emma
                       Margaret     grocer, draper and postmistress
         Clowes      Francis & J.S. surgeons
         Clowes      Francis        surgeon & registrar; h Sutton
         Cooke       Edwd.          frmr. & ownr. The Hall
         Cooke       Mr Henry       The Farm
         Cooke       Robert, jun.   farmer and mert.; h Smallburgh
         Daniels     Thomas         grocer and draper
         Davison     Daniel         grocer and baker
         Draper      Wm. Robert     blacksmith, engineer, ironfndr.,
                                      & machine maker
         Fish        John Horatio   vict. Railway Inn, and livery and
                                      bait stables
         Fisher      Mrs Emma       lodgings
         Fitt        Henry          who. & retail furnishing, builders'
                                      & general ironmonger, oil and
                                      colourman, and gun, fishing and
                                      sporting agent
         Fitt        Henry          (late John Silcock & Sons),
                                      who. wine, spirit, ale & porter mert.
         Frosdick    Thomas         farmer & machine owner, Leo house
         Girdlestone Robert         hairdresser and cutlery grinder
         Grapes      John           vict. Maid's Head Inn; and farmer
                                      at Barton Turf
         Harvey      John           farmer
         Hunting     J.C.,
                       M.R.C.V.S.   vet. surgn
         Jay         Wm. Howard     assistant overseer
         Keeler      Geo.           basket maker & farmer
         Klitz       Mrs Areana
         Lack        Thomas         tailor and draper
         Lancaster   James          Board schoolmaster
         Laws        Charles F.     butcher
         Leatherdale Mrs.           cab & coach propr
         Lingwood    Jeremiah       agent for the County Fire Insurance Co.
         London      Edward         tea dealer
         London      James          blacksmith
         Lupton      Frederick      solicitor, comsr. to administer oaths in
                                      the Supreme Court of Judicature, agent
                                      for the Royal Fire and Life, and the
                                      Imperial Live Stock Ins. Cos. and
                                      solicitor to the Ant Preservation and 
                                      Angling Society
         Meale       Joshua         grocer, wine and spirit agent, and clerk
                                      to School Board
         Miles       Robert         watchmaker
         Miles       Samuel Robert  vety. surgeon
         Moore       Major Dunn     lodgings
         Peggs       Miss Ann       dressmaker
         Peggs       Mrs Ann        laundress
         Perfitt     Robert Joseph  stonemason
         Pestell     John Balls     plumber & painter
         Potter      George         baker & pork butcher
         Reynolds    Miss
         Riches      Edward         miller and merchant; h Catfield
         Rising      Miss
         Rust        James          millwright
         Rust        William        engineer, machinist, and millwright
         Salmon      John           beer retailer & shopkpr
         Salmon      John Pollard   farmer, Chapel field
         Salmon      Wm.            farmer, Chapel field
           & Son                    upholsterers
         Savory      William        tunist
         Seago       Hy.            pork butcher & gardener
         Seago       Thomas         grocer, tea & provision dlr.
                                      outfitter & refreshment rooms
         Silcock     Boardman
                       Charles      farmer, Manor house
         Simons      Robt.
                       Bloomfield   btchr. & fmr
         Spanton     Mrs Catherine  plumber, pntr. and glass, china
                                      & earthenware dlr
         Stearman    Robert Marler  ironmonger, oil and lamp dealer
         Stimpson    Geo.           parish clerk & carrier
         Taylor      Wm. Fredk.     stationmaster
         Teasel      Josiah Cubitt  boat builder
         Turner      Walter         joiner & wheelwright
         Tuddenham   Wm.            police inspector
         Webb        Miss Mary A.   Willow Lake hs.
         White       Rev. Joseph
                       Neville,B.A. vicar, The Vicarage
         Woods       James          tailor and draper
         Wortley     Geo.           farmer, West End frm

RAILWAY - Station on the L. & F. R. Co. trains to and from Yarmouth and Lynn several times a day; W.F. Taylor, stationmaster

CARRIER to Norwich, George Stimpson, Weds & Sats

CONVEYANCE - Leatherdale's coach from Swan Inn to Norwich, on Mons. Weds. and Sats

WATER CONVEYANCE - Mrs. Burton's vessels to & from Yarmouth, weekly

Note that the "Ant Preservation and Angling Society" (shown under Frederick Lupton) refers to the river Ant, not to an insect.

Also, Mrs Cattermoul's names are given as "Emily Margaret" and as "Emma Margaret" at different places in the text.

See also the Stalham parish page.

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May 1999