GILLINGHAM ALL SAINTS-cum-St. Mary, cum-Winston, cum-Windall, forms one parish and village, 16 miles south-east from Norwich and 1 north-west from Beccles station, in the Southern division of the county, Clavering hundred, Loddon and Clavering union, Beccles county court district, rural deanery of Brooke, archdeaconry of Norfolk and diocese of Norwich. The church of All Saints is in ruins : St. Mary's church is a flint building of the time of Henry I. In the pure Norman style, consisting of chancel (with apse), nave, aisles and galilee, with a square tower containing 3 bells : the south aisle was added by subscription, and other works of restoration, in the year 1869 : the church has been enlarged and repaired in 1858, under the supervision of Mr. T. Prenrice, architect, of Lowestoft, the funds being raised by subscription. The register dates from the year 1540. The living is a rectory, in the gift of Mrs. Henry Eden and held since 1879 by the Rev. Augustus Dampier M.A. of St. John's College, Oxford : the glebe land consists of 64A. 1R.; the tithes have been commuted for £485 15. yearly. The town lands consist of two tenements called the Leet House, 10A. 0R. 12P. of land, now let for £18 per annum, and 19A. 1R. 35P. let for £45 a year; the rents are applied partly for charitable purposes and partly in the service of the church. Gillingham Hall is a large mansion, built in the reign of James I. surrounded by beautiful gardens and pleasure grounds, now the seat of Admiral Henry Eden J.P. who is lord of the manor, and he and Capt. Walter Fitzgerald Kerrich are the principal landowners. The soil is light mould; subsoil, sand. The chief crops are wheat, barley, peas and beans. The area is 2,008 aces; rateable value £3,351; and the population in 1881 was 450.
There is a school-house, erected at the cost of Mrs. Eden & supported by a voluntary rate; Miss Eliza Frost, mistress
© Transcribed by E.C.Apling, January 2005, with minor correction, and links updated, May 2010.
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