BAWDESWELL, a neat and healthful village, with a good inn, on the Norwich and Fakenham road, 4 miles W. by S. of Reepham, has in its parish, 148 houses, 594 souls, and 1,175a. 35p. of land, exclusive of 24a. 2r. 33p. of roads. Charles B. Lombe, Esq., is lord of the manor, and the chief land owners are the Earl of Leicester, Robert Leeds, Esq., and Miss Lloyd, of the Hall, an ancient residence, built in 1683. The Church, dedicated to All Saints, had the nave destroyed by the fall of the steeple, in 1739 ; it was rebuilt by subscriptions, in 1844. The rectory, valued in the King's book at £7, and in 1844, at £330, is in the gift of Charles B. Lombe, Esq., and incumbency of the Rev. Ferdinand Alfred Pynsent. The Free School was founded in 1728, for 12 poor boys of this parish, and 8 of Foxley, by John Leeds, Esq., who endowed it with 16 a. 1r. 4p. of land, now let for £20 19s. a year. It is now conducted on the National System, and besides the endowment, is partly supported by subscriptions from the resident gentry, and is attended by about 70 children. The school is held in a building erected in 1781, as a workhouse. At the enclosure in 1808, the poor had an allotment of 34a. to cut fuel from, and 2a. as a gravel pit. The poor have also 20s. a year, left by William Dewing, in 1719. The Methodists have a chapel here. Post Office at A. W. Cannell's ; letters arrive at 9 a.m., and are despatched at 3.30 p.m.
Leeds Robert, Esq.
Barker Thomas, shopkeeper
Barrett William, beerhouse Bear John, saddler
Boddy John, tailor
Bush John, vict., Bell Inn, and posting house
Cannell Aquila William, saddler
Cannell Ellen, school
Catton Alfred, grocer, draper, and general dealer
Catton Mr. George
Davis Miss Emily
Durrant George, yeoman
Elvin William, corn miller Gayford Henry, joiner
Lloyd Miss Letitia, Hall Mears John, blacksmith
Pearse Robert, butcher
Pynsent Rev. Ferdinand Alfred, rector
Sizeland Charles, vict., Ram Stonex Mrs. Elizabeth
Street William, grcr. & agt. to the Norwich Equitable Fire Office
Utting Rbt. whlwrgt.& vict., Crown Wenham William, schoolmaster
Whitesides William, grocer
Farmers. Allen John
Bidewell W. jun.
Shoemakers. Bunn Robert