1891 Census Names Index for Reepham; Hackford; Kerdiston(e); and Whitwell
White's 1854
Wills of Hackford and Reepham
Reepham Archeology [Norfolk Heritage Explorer]
Ollands Road postmill and Whitwell postmill [both Jonathan Neville]
And see An introduction to the churches of Reepham churchyard [Simon Knott]
More Parish Information on Hackford, Reepham with Kerdistone, and Whitwell [Geoff Lowe & Andrew Rivett]
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Norfolk - Reepham

Kelly's Directory for Cambridgeshire, Norfolk & Suffolk, 1883, pp.471-2.

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REEPHAM is a small town with a station on the East Norfolk branch of the Great Eastern railway, also a station at Whitwell on the Eastern and Midlands railway, and a polling-place for the Northern division of the county, situated on the banks of the Eyn, a tributary of the Wensum, extending into the parishes of REEPHAM WITH KERDISTON and HACKFORD and WHITWELL. Reepham is 7 miles south-west from Aylsham station, 136 from London and 12 north-west from Norwich, in the hundred of Eynsford, Aylsham union and county court district, rural deanery of Sparham and achdeaconry and diocese of Norwich. The church of Reepham (St. Mary the Virgin) is an ancient flint structure in the Decorated style, having chancel, nave, aisle, with a square embattled tower containing 2 bells: in the chancel is a monument, inlaid with brass, to William de Kerdiston, ob. 1391, and his lady, who is represented in the reticulated head-dress of the period: under an arch in the north wall of the chancel is a figure of a Knight Templar, of the Kerdiston family, which has been engraved for "Stodhard's Monumental Effigies;" there is a handsome stained east window, the gift of the late Rev. Sir E. R. Jodrell bart. in memory of his mother, and another stained window in the chancel, the gift of Lady Jodrell. The living is a rectory, with Kerdiston annexed, joint gross yearly value tithe rent charge 836 with 70 acres of glebe and house, in the gift of Trinity College, Cambridge, and held since 1864 by the Rev. Michael Marlow Umfreville Wilkinson M.A. formerly fellow and assistant tutor of that college. Reepham is remarkable for three churches having been erected in one churchyard—viz. that of Reepham St. Mary, and those of Whitwell and Hackford; but the last was destroyed by a fire in 1500. The Wesleyans, Wesleyan New Connexion and Primitive Methodists have chapels here. Here are two cemetaries, one for Reepham and Kerdiston and the other for Hackford and Whitwell. The charities are of 12 yearly value. The market is held on Wednesday for corn and cattle, and a fair is held on June 29th for stock and horses; a large stock sale is held fortnightly by Messrs. Ireland Brothers, in the New Market sale ground. The Police Station is a brick-built building, with magistrate's room and offices attached. Here is also a Reading-room and Library in the Market place, well supported. Mrs. Jodrell, lady of the manor, William Bircham and R. H. Blake Humfrey esqrs. are principal landowners. The area of Reepham with Kerdiston is 2,570 acres; rateable value, $4,399; the population in 1881 was 527.

Hackford-next-Reepham is a parish, which includes Reepham market place. The church, which stood in Reepham chuchyard, was destroyed in 1500. The living is a rectory annexed to the vicarage of Whitwell.The charities are 18 yearly. Here is a large horse-breaking establishment, which has been caried on for many years by Mr. Thomas Dyball. Hackford Hall, 1 miles west, is the seat of Mrs. Collyer who inherited it from the Messenger-Mousey family. The Ollands, the seat of William Bircham esq. is a handsome Gothic building. There are four manors: Mr. Robert George is lord of the manor of Hackford Market, and William Sadd esq. of Norwich, of the other three. The principal landowners are Mrs. Collyer, R. H. Blake-Humfrey and William Bircham esqrs. The soil is sand and loam; subsoil, clay and gravel. The chief crops are barley, roots, wheat and hay. The area is 1,816 acres; reateable value, 2,996; the population in 1881 was 803.

Kerdiston, 1 north-east. The principal landowners are R. H. Blake-Humfrey esq J.P. Mrs. Jodrell and the trustees of the late John Parmeter Leeds esq. The area is 1,680 acres, rated with Reepham; the population in 1871 was 188.

Whitwell is a parish to the south of Reepham. St. Michael's church. standing in the Reepham churchyard, is a fine old structure, with square embattled tower, surmounted by four pinnacles, and having a good peal of 6 bells. The register dates from the year 1584. The living is a vicarage, with the rectory of Hackford annexed, joint yearly value 437 with house, in the gift of and held since 1873 by the Rev. William Henry Freeman M.A. of Caius College, Cambridge. Here are two extensive tanneries, occupied by Mr. Philip Leaman and Mr. Stephen Leeds, who have estates in the parish. The charities are 12 12s. yearly. Whitwell Hall is the residence of Philip Leamon esq. and is a handsome white-brick mansion, surrounded by a shrubbery. Mrs. Collyer, of Hackford Hall, is lady of the manor and chief landowner.. The soil is sand and loam; subsoil, clay and gravel. The chief crops are wheat, roots, barley and hay. The area is 1,511 acres; rateable value, 2,739; the population in 1881 was 426.



COUNTY MAGISTRATES FOR EYNSFORD PETTY SESSSIONAL DIVISION.

Transcription © Copyright E C ("Paddy") Apling, July 2007; links updated December 2009.

1891 Census Names Index for Reepham; Hackford; Kerdiston(e); and Whitwell
White's 1854
Wills of Hackford and Reepham
Reepham Archeology [Norfolk Heritage Explorer]
Ollands Road postmill and Whitwell postmill [Jonathan Neville]
And see An introduction to the churches of Reepham churchyard [Simon Knott]
More Parish Information on Hackford, Reepham with Kerdistone, and Whitwell [Geoff Lowe & Andrew Rivett]
Return to villages index
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