[Complete entry. Transcription Copyright © E.C."Paddy" Apling]
GELDESTON is a village and parish and station on the Waveney Valley branch of the Great Eastern railway, 2½ miles north-west from Beccles, 6 south-east from Loddon situated on the river Waveney and on the borders of Suffolk, in the Southern division of the county, Clavering hundred, Loddon and Clavering union, Bungay and Beccles county court district, rural deanery of East Brooke, archdeaconry of Norfolk and diocese of Norwich. The church of St. Michael is a Gothic rubble building, consisting of of chancel, nave, north transept and south porch, with round embattled tower containing 1 bell, and was restored in 1865, at a cost of £1,200, one half espended by the churchwardens in restoring the nave, and the other half by the late rector, the Rev. Daniel Gillett M.A. who rebuilt the chancel. The register dates from the year 1600. The living is a rectory, yearly value £19 net, with residence and 32 acres of glebe, in the gift of the Lord Chancellor and held since 1883 by the Rev.James Wickham M.A. of St John's College, Oxford. The poor'land consists if 6171 acres, let for £12 yearly. The Hall, a large brick mansion, standing in a pleasant and well-wooded park, built about 1606, and now occupied by Henry Hall esq. is the property of Capt. Walter Fitzgerld Kerrich, who is lord of the manor and principal landowner. The soil is light and sandy with mixture of clay: subsoil, sand. The chief crops are barley, wheat and peas. The area is 820 acres; rateable value, £2,041; the population in 1881 was 292.
POSTb & MONEY ORDER OFFICE & Savings Bank.Thomas Sycamore, sub-postmaster. Letters arrive from Beccles at 9 a.m. & are dispatched at 5.30 p.m. Beccles is the nearest telegraph office.
British School, Miss Annie Piper, mistress
Railway Station, George Bird, station master.
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