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Norfolk - Litcham

Kelly's Directory for Cambridgeshire, Norfolk & Suffolk, 1883, p.369.

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

LITCHAM is a parish 3 miles north-east-by-north from Dunham station on the Lynn branch of the Gtreat Eastern railway, and 9 north-west from East Dereham, in the Western division of the county, Launditch hundred, Mitford & Launditch union, East Dereham county court district, rural deanery of Brisley and archdeaconry of Norfolk and diocese of Norwich. The church of All Saints is a large edifice of flint with stone dressings, in the Early English style: it has chancel, nave, aisles and south porch, with a square brick tower containing 5 bells, and has been thoroughly restored and re-seated: an oak screen of elaborate workmanship of the early part of the fifteenth century, separates the nave from the chancel, in which there are several memorials: in 1851 two stained windows were put up in the south aisle by D. Lynes esq. and Miss C. Lynes, in memory of their parents. The register dates from the year 1550. The living is a discharged rectory, consolidated with that of East Lexham, in the gift of and held since 1855 by the Rev. George William Winter M.A. of University College, Oxford. The tithes are commuted for 440 and there are 45 acres of glebe and house. There are chapels for Wesleyans and Primtiive Methodists. Here are a variety of small charities, and an almshouse for two aged persons. A portion of the commons has been enclosed, but there are still upwards of 50 acres left for recreation and the use of the poor. The Rev. W. A. W. Keppel B.A. of Lexham Hall, who is lord of the manor, and William Thomas Collison esq. of Bilney Hall, are the chief landowners. The soil is various; subsoil, gravel and clay. The chief crops are barley, wheat and roots. The area is 1,932 acres; rateable value £3,442; the population in 1881 was 801.

POST, MONEY ORDER & TELEGRAPH OFFICE & Savings Bank.— Nicholas Polkinghorne, postmaster. Letters received from Swaffham at 5.45 a.m. & dispatched at 6.40 p.m.


Capt. Henry Elwin Hyde, Montague house, East Dereham
Rev. William Henry Augustus Keppel, East Lexham Swaffham
Charles North esq. Rougham
Clerk to the Mahistrates, Walter May Barton, East Dereham

Petty Sessions are held at the Bull inn, Litcham, about four times in the year at 11 a.n. and at East Dereham every friday.

The parishes in this division are:—
Beeston, Beetley, East Bilney, Brisley; Colkirk, Great Dunham, Little Dunham, North Elmham, Great Fransham, Little Fransham, Gateley, Gressenhall, Hoe, Horningtoft, Kempstone, East Lexham, West Lexham, Litcham, Longham, Mileham, Oxwick, Rougham, Scarning, Stanfield, Swanton Morley, Tittleshall, Weasenham All Saints Weasenham St. Peter, Wellingham, Wendling, Whissonsett, & Worthing. Cranworth, East Dereham, Garvestone, Hardingham, Hockering, Letton, Mattishall. Mattishall Burgh, Reymerstone, Shipdham, Southburgh, Thuxton, Tuddenham East, Tuddenham North, Westfield. Whinburgh, Woodrising & Yaxham

County Police Station, Robert Short, inspector; the local force consists of 4 constables

Medical Officer Litcham District of Mitford & Launditch Union, Henry Raven F.R.C.S.
Inspector of Police, Robert Short

National School (boys, girls & infants), built in 1845 for 190 children, average attendance 126; Nicholas Polkinghorne, master; Mrs. Emma Polkinghorne, mistress; Miss Caroline Page, infants' mistress

CARRIER.—Robert Gunton, to East Dereham. on friday & to Norwich, return saturday

Derisley Miss
Farrer William Money
Raven Henry
Sizeland Mrs
Temple-Lynes Miss
Winter Rev. George William M.A.
Archer George, farmer
Ashley George Alfred, pig dealer
Askew Edward, farmer
Askew Sharman, watchmaker
Baker William Carmichael, plumber & glazier
Banham John, bricklayer
Burrows Davey, painter
Burton Abel, King's Arms & machine owner
Carter James Nicholson M.R.C.V.S. veterinary surgeon
Catton George, tailor
Chatten James, farmer
Collison George, carpenter
Collison Henry, shoe maker
Cooke Cherles Essam, farmer, High ho
Copeman William Hicks, saddler & harness maker
Cottrell John, New inn
Crispe George, carpenter & builder
Cullum George, pork butcher
Curtis William, builder & contractor
Fitt James, baker
Fitt James, jun. painter
Hobson Alfred, farmer
Howard Benjamin, basket maker
Johnson Thomas, shoe maker
Judd James, ironmonger & oil merchant
King John, wheelwright & carpenter
King William, tailor & parish clerk
Laws Susan (Mrs.), shoe maker & leather cutter
Massingham Ripps, butcher & farmer
Middleton Joseph, farm bailiff to Rev. W. A. W. Keppel
Mitchell James Parker, wheelwright
Munday David, surgeon
Overton Jacob, hardwareman
Overton John, shoe maker
Polkinghorne Nicholas, confectioner, fancy stationer, & post office
Ramm George, blacksmith
Randall Wm. Fortin, grocer & draper
Raven Henry F.R.C.D. surgeon & medical officer Litcham district of Mitford & Launditch union
Rayner Frederick, plumber & glazier
Richmond Elizh. (Miss), ladies' school
Ringwood John, The Bull inn
Savage Samuel, shopkeeper
Short Robert, inspector of police
Wagg George, blacksmith
Wales Emma (Mrs.), straw bonnet maker
Walker Charles Stapleton, The Green Dragon
Ward Jphn, grocer & draper & wine merchant
Waters George, blacksmith
White Walter, chemist & druggist
Wight James, baker

© Transcribed by E.C. ("Paddy") Apling, June 2010.

1891 Census Names Index
White's 1854
White's 1845 and 1883 [GENUKI-NFK]
Hunt's 1850
Litcham Archeology [Norfolk Heritage Explorer]
More on Litcham [GENUKI-NFK]
More Parish Information [Geoff Lowe & Andrew Rivett]
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