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Church of St. Faith, Lenwade [Simon Knott]
Great Witchingham watermill [Jonathan Neville]
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Norfolk - Great Witchingham

Kelly's Directory for Cambridgeshire, Norfolk & Suffolk, 1883, p.560.

[Complete entry. Transcription Copyright © E.C."Paddy" Apling]

GREAT WITCHINGHAM is a village and parish a little north of the river Wensum, 9 miles north-east from East Dereham and 9 south-west from Aylsham station of the Great Eastern railway, and 1½ from Lenwade station on the Eastern and Midlands railway, in the northern division of the county, Eynsford hundred, St. Faith's union, Aylsham county court district, rural deanery of Sparham, and archdeaconry and diocese of Norwich. The church of St. Mary is an ancient flint edifice, in the Perpendicular style, with chancel, nave, aisles, porch and square tower containing 2 bells; it contains a very ancient and richly-carved font. The register dates from the year 1539. The living is a vicarage, commuted at £261 8s. with residence and 34A. 1R. 25P. of glebe here are 8A. 3R. 37P. situated in the parish of Sall; it is consolidated with the rectory of Little Witchingham, in the gift of New College, Oxford and held since 1836 by the Rev. William Howard B.C.L. formerly fellow of that college. An allotment of 25A. 3R. 11P. of common land is for such poor pensioners of Great Witchingham, legally settled therein, as shall not occupy land and tenements of more than £5 yearly value. The church land consists of 15A. 10P. for reparation of the parish church, John Norris' charity of £12 is for the education of 12 poor children: Oliver Le Neve's charity--2s. to be laid out (of the rents of certain lands in Wood Dalling) in bread every sunday among the poor, and 6s. yearly on Christmas day: New College donation, of 4 coombs of peas, to be distributed on Ash Wednesday to poor inhabitants. There are also other rights and privileges belonging to the church, the poor and the inhabitants generally. Witchingham Hall, the seat of Viscount Canterbury, the principal landowner, is a large brick-built mansion, surrounded by a park, woods and fertile grounds. The Warden and scholars of New College, Oxford, are the impropriators of the great tithes and hold the manor. The soil is sand and loam; subsoil, clay and gravel. The chief crops are wheat, roots, barley and hay. The area is 2,245 acres; rateable value, £3,828; the population in 1881 was 565.

LENWADE is a hamlet, with a station on the Eastern and Midlands railway, 1 mile south of the church, on the Wensum, over which there is a bridge with three arches.

POST & MONEY ORDER OFFICE & Savings Bank.—Benjamin Howlett, receiver. Letters viâ Norwich; delivery commences at 7.30 a.m.; dispatched at 3.40 p.m. week days only. Reepham is the nearest telegraph office.

INSURANCE AGENT.—Norwich Union Fire, Mary Verdon

National School (mixed), Thomas Leggett, master; Mrs. Jane Leggett, mistress; Miss Leggett, infants' mistress

Lenwade Station, William Truemand, master

CARRIERS TO NORWICH.—William Arthurton, saturday, returning same day; & others pass through from various places

© Transcribed by E.C.Apling, February 2005; links updated January 2011.

1891 Census Names Index
White's 1845 [GENUKI-NFK]
Hunt's 1850 [GENUKI-NFK]
Kelly's 1933 for Great Witchingham, and for Lenwade [GENUKI-NFK]
Great Witchingham Archeology [Norfolk Heritage Explorer]
Weston Longville (& Lenwade) Archeology [Norfolk Heritage Explorer]
Weston Longville (& Lenwade) Archeology [Norfolk Heritage Explorer]
Church of St. Faith, Lenwade [Simon Knott]
Great Witchingham watermill [Jonathan Neville]
Lenwade watermill [Jonathan Neville]
More on Great Witchingham [GENUKI-NFK]
More Parish Information [Geoff Lowe & Andrew Rivett]
And see Little Witchingham
Return to villages index
Paddy's home page