Descriptive Gazetteer Entry for LODDON

LODDON, a small town, a parish, a sub-district, a district, and a hundred, in Norfolk. The town stands on a small affluent of the river Yare, 3½ miles SSW of Cantley r. station, and 10½ SE of Norwich; consists chiefly of one street; is a seat of petty sessions and a polling-place; and has a post office † under Norwich, a banking office, two chief inns, a police station, a marketplace, a public reading-room, a church, Wesleyan and Primitive Methodist chapels, a public school, and a town estate yielding £260 a year. A building for public purposes was projected in 1869. The church was erected, in the time of Henry VII., by Chief Justice Hobart; is a large and handsome structure, with a fine tower; and contains several ancient monuments. The public school is in the early English style, and has capacity for 180 boys and girls. A weekly market is held on Tuesday; fairs are held on Easter Monday, and the Monday after 22 Nov.; and some malting is carried on.—The parish comprises 3,020 acres. Real property, £7,212. Pop., 1,153. Houses, 266. The manor belonged to the Bigods, and passed to John de Segrave, the Mannys, and the Hobarts. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Norwich. Value, £300. Patron, the Bishop of Norwich.—The sub-district contains also the parishes of Heckingham, Sisland, Chedgrave, Hardley, Langley, CarletonSt. Peter, Claxton, Ashby, Thurton, Burgh-Apton, Hillington, Alpington, Yelverton, Howe, and Brooke. Acres, 19,330. Pop., 5,072. Houses, 1,090.—The district comprehends also the sub-district of Woodton, containing the parishes of Woodton, Bedingham, Topcroft, Kirstead, Seething, Mundham, Thwaite-St. Mary, Broome, Ditchingham, and Hedenham; and the subdistrict of Aldeby, containing the parishes of Aldeby, Gillingham-All Saints, Gillingham-St. Mary, Geldeston, Ellingham, Kirby-Cane, Stockton, Raveningham, Hales, Norton-Subcourse, Thurlton, Thorpe-next-Haddiscoe, Toft-Monks, Wheatacre-All Saints, Burgh-St. Peter, and Haddiscoe. Acres, 59,401. Poor rates, in 1863, £8,387. Pop. in 1831,15,095; in 1861,14,242. Houses, 3,134. Marriages in 1863,67; births, 437,-of which 51 were illegitimate; deaths, 272,-of which 90 were at ages under 5 years, and 13 at ages above 85. Marriages in. the ten years 1851-60,906; births, 4,728; deaths, 2,850. The places of worship, in 1851, were 40 of the Church of England, with 7,707 sittings; 1 of Independents, with 130 s.; 3 of Baptists, with 966 s.; 1 of Unitarians, with 120 s.; 6 of Wesleyan Methodists, with 980 s.; and 6 of Primitive Methodists, with 741 s. The schools were 22 public day schools, with 1,172 scholars; 30 private day schools, with 499 s.; 28 Sunday schools, with 1,277 s.; and 3 evening schools for adults, with 85 s. The workhouse is in Heckirngham parish; and, at the census of 1861, had 162 inmates.-The hundred comprises less than half of the district, and contains only twenty-one parishes. Acres, 29,214. Pop. in 1851,7,774; in 1861, 7,509. Houses, 1,663.


(John Marius Wilson, Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales (1870-72))

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Feature Description: "a small town, a parish, a sub-district, a district, and a hundred"   (ADL Feature Type: "cities")
Administrative units: Loddon CP/AP       Loddon Hundred       Loddon SubD       Loddon and Clavering PLU/RegD       Norfolk AncC
Place: Loddon

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