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Norfolk: Taverham

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

[Transcription copyright © Pat Newby]

TAVERHAM, a small village which gives name to a hundred, petty sessional division and rural deanery, is situated on the north bank of the Wensum, commanding a fine view of the vale, and distant 5½ miles N.W. of Norwich. Its parish is in St. Faith's union, Norwich county court district, Norwich bankruptcy court district, St. Faith's polling district of South Norfolk, and Norwich archdeaconry. It had 207 inhabitants in 1881, living on 2069 acres of land, and has a rateable value of £2421.

Henry Sharndon Nathaniel Micklewait [sic], Esq., is the principal owner of the soil, and lord of the manor of Taverham Hall; but part of the parish is in the bishop's manor of Drayton. The copyholds in the latter are on fine certain, and in the former arbitrary.

The Hall, the residence of Mr. Micklethwait, was entirely rebuilt on a more splendid scale in 1860-61, and is of brick with stone dressings, in the Elizabethan style of architecture, and has a large lawn. The apartments are spacious and lofty, and have finely moulded ceilings. They contain a number of valuable paintings by Lely, Poussin, Canaletti, Holbein, and other great masters, several exquisite cabinets of marqueterie and buhl, &c. The gardens in front are terraced, and the flower-beds form arabesques and have a very striking effect.

In the village is a mill in which printing paper is manufactured.

The old church was destroyed by lightning in 1458. The present CHURCH (St. Edmund) is in the Early Decorated style, and comprises a nave with south aisle, a chancel, and a tower - round at the base and octagonal above. It contains an organ, a piscina, a chancel-screen, and some ancient stained glass; and was handsomely restored, refitted with open benches, and the aisle rebuilt by the Rev. J.N. Micklethwait in 1863, at a cost of £800. In 1873 a stained window was inserted by the Rev. J.N. Micklethwait, M.A., in memory of his mother, Lady Charlotte Micklethwait.

The rectory, valued in the King's Book at £8 5s. 5d., and now possessing 42 acres of glebe, and a yearly rent of £329 9s., awarded in 1844 in lieu of tithes, is in the alternate patronage of the Bishop of Norwich and H.S.N. Micklethwait, Esq. The Rev. Robert Clerke Burton, M.A., is the rector, and has a good residence.

The National School, a neat brick building, erected in 1851 at a cost of £358, is attended by 45 children.

POST from Norwich, viâ Drayton. Wall Letter Box cleared at 5.10 p.m.

         Avery        John            foreman, paper manufactory
         Burton       Rev. Robert
                        Clerke, M.A.  The Rectory
         Cook         George          blacksmith
         Delane & Co.                 paper manufacturers, and at Bawburgh
         Eaton        Walter          joiner
         Ford         Miss Mary       schoolmistress
         Gayford      Dennis          farm bailiff
         Mann         Mathew          joiner
         Waring       Mr W.           The Hall

See also the Taverham parish page.

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October 2009