BEDINGHAM is a parish, 5 miles north-west from Bungay and 11 south from Norwich, in the Southern division of the county, Loddon hundred, Loddon and Clavering union, Bungay and Beccles county court district, rural deanery of Brooke, archdeaconry of Norfolk and diocese of Norwich. The church of St. Andrew is a large and ancient building of rubble in the Perpendicular style, consisting of chancel, with north and south chapels (formerly used by the hamlets of Woodton and Topcroft), aisles and a tower with circular basement and octagonal upper storey, containing 5 bells: there are two piscinæ, an ancient font. chancel screen and monuments to Maria (Mynus) wife of Henry Stone, 1675; William Coping, a former vicar, 1666; and a brass to John Stanow and Alice his wife; there is also a stone under which is said to be buried the heart of one of the family of Brews or Bruce, who dying beyond sea, desired it to be brought and interred here, where also in 1665, were buried Robert Bruce and John his son. The register dates from the year 1555. The living is a vicarage, yearly value £150, arising from augmentations, with £200 from Queen Anne's Bounty, and a benediction of £200, with which fourteen acres of land were purchased; gross yearly income £215, with a good modern house; it is in the gift of C. W. Unthank esq. on the nomination of the Bishop of Norwich and held since 1871 by the Rev. Frederick Charles Toole Hobbins T.A.K.C.L. The poor have about £10 rent yearly from land, left by W. Purser, and 15s. left by Thomas Stone: Gooch's charity of £3 3s. yearly, is distributed in bread and money on Good Friday. The town lands consist of 23A. 3R. and let for £25, which sum is applied to the service of the church. Clement William Unthank esq. is lord of the manor and principal landowner. The soil is mixed: subsoil, clay and gravel. The chief crops are wheat, barley, peas, beans and turnips. The area is 1,323A. 2R. 16P.; rateable value, £2,141; and the population in 1881 was 293.
Letters by foot post through Bungay, which is the nearest money order & telegraph office
A parochial school (mixed) was erected in 1863 by public subscription,; Miss Susan Blake, mistress
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