THORPE ABBOTTS, a village and parish, taking its name from the Abbots of Bury St. Edmund's, who formerly held the land, is 4½ miles east from Diss station, on the banks of the Waveney and on the borders of Suffolk, in the Southern division of the county, Earsham hundred, union of Depwade, Harleston county court district, rural deanery of Redenhall, archdeaconry of Norfolk and diocese of Norwich. The church of All Saints is in the Perpendicular style, having chancel, nave, tower, round at the base and octagonal at the top, with Gothic porch, the east window is stained in memory of the Rev. William Wallace a former rector: the churchyard is encircled by trees. The register dates from the year 1560, and is in a good state of preservation. The living is a rectory, tithe rent charge £370 with 17 acres of glebe and residence, in the gift of J.C. Reade esq. and held since 1876 by the Rev. Edmond James Gaussen B.A. of Trinity College, Dublin. The poor have £5 yearly in fuel. The Rev. Edmund Hollond, of Benhall Lodge, Saxmundham, is lord of the manor and principal landowner. The greater part of the cottage property in this parish has been purchased by Mr. Justice Kay of Brockdish: a deep well has been sunk and a pump erected in the centre of the village at a cost of £100, the gift of this gentleman. The soil is heavy and light lands, mixed; subsoil, clay and gravel. The chief crops are wheat, barley and roots, in usual proportions. The area is 1,122 acres; rateable value, £1,527; and the population in 1881 was 225.
PILLAR LETTER BOX cleared weekdays at 6.30 p.m.; sundays at 10.30 a.m. Letters through Scole, which is the nearest money order & telegraph office
Parochial School, Miss Self, mistress
Transcription © Copyright Paul Madgett, February 1999; links updated November 2009.
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