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Norfolk - Kirby Bedon

Kelly's Directory for Cambridgeshire, Norfolk & Suffolk, 1883, p.364.

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KIRBY BEDON is a village and parish, comprising the parishes of KIRBY BEDON ST. ANDREW and KIRBY BEDON ST. MARY, 3 miles south-east from Norwich, 2 south-east from Trowse station, in the Southern division of the county, Henstead hundred and union, Norwich county court district, rural deanery of Brooke, archdeaconry of Norfolk, and diocese of Norwich. The church of St. Andrew stands on a height, and is a low square building of stone and flint in the Perpendicular style, consisting of chancel, nave and a tower containing 3 bells: it contains several monuments to the Brooke family; also an ancient sculpture representing a man and woman kneeling at the altar: there is a marble monument, protected by a massive iron railing, to Charles Weston esq. late of Thorpe; also a handsome mausoleum covring the remains of the Harvey family, and a granite monument to Sir William Fostr bart. The church has been restored, re-seated and re-roofed, and part of the walls rebuilt: the tower is now (1883) being rebuilt. The register dates from the year 1558. The living is a rectory, yearly value 250, with 7 acres of glebe and residence, in the gift of and held since 1855 by the Rev. Ralph Kimber, of St. Bees. The remains of the church of Kirby Bedon St. Mary, consisting of part of the tower and walls, are to be seen now, covered with ivy, The old Hall was a very ancient mansion: the kitchens only now remain, which are inhabited by labourers. I. B. Coaks and F. T. Keith are lords of the manor. Norwich Corporation, E. Woolsey, I. B. Coaks and J. Christie are the principal landowners. The chief crops are wheat and barley. The area is—Kirby Bedon St. Andrew's 625, and Kirby Bedon St. Mary's 740 [? - central numeral almost illegible]; rateable value 3,281; the joint population in 1881 was 269.



Letters through Norwich. The nearest money order office is at Trowse. Norwich is the nearest telegraph office. LETTER BOX in wall cleared at 5.25 p.m.; for London 12.15.

A School Board of 5 members was formedin 1875 for the united parishes of Bramerton & Kirby Bedon; J. Chaplin, P. O. Framingham Earl, clerk to the board

Board School, for 90 children; average attendance, 43; Miss Elizabeth Grix, mistress

Transcription © Copyright E C ("Paddy") Apling, July 2007; links updated November 2010.

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