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Norfolk - Methwold

Entry in Kelly's Directory for Cambridgeshire, Norfolk & Suffolk, 1883, pp.394-5.

[Complete entry. Transcription Copyright © E.C."Paddy" Apling, February 1999.]

METHWOLD is a parish and town, 4½ miles north-west from Stoke Ferry station on the Great Eastern railway and 6 north-west from Brandon, in the Western division of the county, Grimshoe hundred, Thetford union and county court district, rural deanery of Cranwich, archdeaconry of Norwich and diocese of Norwich, on the road from Brandon to Lynn. The church of St. George consists of a Perpendicular nave and aisles, and a Decorated chancel, the two side walls of which have also been pierced for Perpendicular windows: the tower, also Perpendicular, is surmounted by an octagon in stone, which carries an elegant stone spire, and has the bases of pinnacles remaining at its angles. The register dates from the year 1686. The living is a discharged vicarage, yearly vale £340, with residence, in the gift of the Lord Chancellor and held since 1873 by the Rev. John Denny Gedge B.A. of Hertford College, Oxford. There is a large Wesleyan chapel, built chiefly of flint in 1837; also a chapel for Primitive Methodists, a building of brick and stone, built in 1866. The charities amount to £67 yearly. Here are six almshouses erected in 1880 by Mr. W. J. Coote, who left the rent of one dwelling-house for keeping them in good repair. Here is a reading and news room well supplied with newspapers and periodicals. Here is a sub-branch of Gurney's bank, at Thetford, open every Monday. A flourishing market for cattle and corn is held here on Mondays, and a fair for cattle is held on April 23rd. The warren which formerly covered 1,500 acres, is about half under cultivation, the remainder being used as a sheep walk. The Crown, in right of the Duchy of Lancaster, is owner of the manor and principal landowner. The soil is a mixture of fen peat, light loam, sandy and strong gault; subsoil, chalk and sand. The chief crops are wheat, barley, oats and turnips. The area is 13,912A. 3R. 9P.; rateable value, £12,083; the population in 1881 was, in Methwold High Town 962; in Hythe 190; and on the Fen 301; total 1,453

METHWOLD HYTHE, 1½ miles west-by-north of the town, is part of the parish, and consists of a few farmhouses and one public-house. The Wesleyans have a small chapel here. There are also a considerable number of houses along the Sams cut, in the south-western division of the fen, amounting to a hamlet, and generally known as POPPYLOT: a road was constructed through the district from Feltwell to Southery and opened in 1881.

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POST & MONEY ORDER OFFICE & Savings Bank.— Robert Wright Flatt, postmaster. Letters arrive by mail cart from Brandon at 4.0 a.m.; dispatched at 7.35 p.m. Northwold is the nearest telegraph office

INSURANCE AGENTS.—

Inland Revenue Officer, James Kingdom

SCHOOLS:—

CARRIERS TO BRANDON.— Crisp, from Northwold, mon. wed. & fri.; Salmon, from Stoke Ferry, wed. & fri

© Transcribed by E.C. ("Paddy") Apling, February 1999; links updated November 2010.

1891 Census Names Index
Kelly's 1925
White's 1845 [GENUKI-NFK]
White's 1854
Methwold Archeology [Norfolk Heritage Explorer]
Methwold early postmill, and Methwold Hythe postmill; Brandon road postmill and towermill;
     Great Levell postmill; Hythe road postmill; Old Feltwell road postmill and towermill [Jonathan Neville]
More on Methwold [GENUKI-NFK]
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