Norfolk: Thorpe Abbotts


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

[Transcription copyright © David E.A. Matthews]

THORPE ABBOTS, 5 miles W.S.W. of Harleston, is a parish 5 miles from Diss and Harleston Railway stations, in Depwade union, Harleston county court district, Ipswich bankruptcy district, Earsham hundred and petty sessional division, Harleston polling district of South Norfolk, Redenhall rural deanery, and Norwich archdeaconry. It has 225 inhabitants in 1881, living on 1144A. 3R. 15P., and has a rateable value of £1527.

The parish was anciently held by the abbots of Bury St. Edmund, and now belongs to Sir E.E. Kay, and the Rev. Edmund Hollond, of Benhall Lodge, Saxmundham (lord of the manor). The Cornwallis family were formerly lords of the manor.

The CHURCH (All Saints), in the Perpendicular style, comprises nave, chancel, and tower. The latter is round at the base and octagonal above, and contains two bells. In 1862 the building was partially restored by the Rev. William Wallace, a late rector. In 1864 the restoration was completed, and the church refitted with open benches having poppy-heads, and a new pulpit and reading-desk. Here is an ancient screen, and the font is handsomely carved with the evangelistic symbols, &c.

The discharged rectory, valued in the King's Book at £6, and now having 17 acres of glebe, and a yearly tithe rent-charge of £340 5s., is in the patronage of J. C. Reade, Esq., and in the incumbency of the Rev. Edmond James Gaussen, B.A., who has a good residence, built in 1839.

The National School, built in 1862, is attended by about 50 scholars.

At the enclosure, in 1803, an allotment of 42A. 2R. 31P., was awarded to the lord of the manor, subject to the yearly payment of £5, for distribution in coal among the poor.

POST from Scole arrives at 7 a.m. Wall Box closes at 6.30 p.m.; Sundays at 10.30 a.m. Scole is the nearest Money Order and Telegraph Office.

         Berry      Charles          gamekeeper
         Bryant     Edgar            miller
         Chenery    Wm.              carpenter & wheelwright
         Chilver    Mrs Alfred       shopkpr. & farmer
         Chinery    John             sexton
         Debenham   Robert           blacksmith, grocer, and pork butcher
         Gaussen    Rev. Edmond J.,
                      B.A.           Rectory
         Hart       John             farmer
         King       John Lanchester  farmer, and surveyor of highways,
                                       Thorpe Hall
         Manning    -                farm bailiff to the Hon. Mr Justice Kay
         Mark       Thos.            farmer, assistant overseer
         Marks      Wm.              gardener, Thorpe Abbots
         Self       Miss Emma Agnes  parochial schoolmistress
         Smith      Henry            farmer, Highfield
         Valiant    William          mason, bricklayer, and victualler, Lion

See also the Thorpe Abbotts parish page.

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December 2000