LITTLE DUNHAM is a village, parish and station on the Lynn and Dereham railway, 4 miles north-east from Swaffham and 9 west from Dereham, in the Western division of the county, hundred of Launditch, Mitford & Launditch union, Swaffham county court district, rural deanery of Brisley and archdeaconry of Norfolk and diocese of Norwich. The church of St. Margaret is an old Gothic building, with chancel, nave, north aisle, porch and square tower containing 1 bell: in 1862 the church was restored, a new roof placed on the north aisle, and the whole church fitted with open seats, and a stained east window was inserted by the rector in 1868. The register dates from the year 1562. The living is a rectory; the tithes are commuted at a rent-charge of £500 a year, with residence and 24 acres of glebe land, in the gift of the Rev. H. J. Hare and George Copeman esq. and held since 1866 by the Rev. Edward Montague Hare M.A. of Trinity College, Oxford. Here is a Primitive Methodist chapel. The poor have benefit of some charities, amounting to about £59 yearly, including the fuel allotment of 34 acres. Dunham Lodge is the seat of George Copeman esq. who is lord of the manor; he and Mr. William Large and Mrs. Bushby are the principal landowners. The soil is clay; subsoil, the same. The chief crops are wheat, barley and turnips. The area is 1,821 acres; rateable value £3,017; the population in 1881 was 293.
POST OFFICE.Henry Boyce, postmaster. Letters arrive from Swaffham by mail cart at 5.35 a.m. & are dispatched at 7 p.m. Litcham is the nearest money order & telegraph office
National School, Miss Elizabeth Williams, mistress
Railway Station, Charles Underhill, station master
© Transcribed by E.C. ("Paddy") Apling, June 2010.
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