DERSINGHAM HISTORY
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Post Office Directory of Cambs, Norfolk & Suffolk,1869.
[Part 2: Norfolk]
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DERSINGHAM is a village and parish, with station on the Lynn and Hunstanton Railway, 8½ miles north-north-east from Lynn, 7 from Docking, and 107 from London, in the Western division of the county, Freebridge Lynn hundred, Docking union, Lynn county court district, rural deanery of Lynn, and archdeaconry and diocese of Norwich, situated on the Lynn and Hunstanton road. The railway station is situated about three quarters of a mile from the village. The church of St. Nicholas is a large ancient structure, consisting of chancel, nave (with clerestory), aisles, south porch, and square embattled tower containing 6 bells. The living is a vicarage, yearly value £132, in the gift of the Rev· J.W. Bellamy and held by the Rev. Edward Bellamy, B.D., formerly a fellow of St John's College, Oxford, who resides at Ingoldisthorpe. At the enclosure of the common, 50 acres of land were reserved for the benefit of the poor. There is a charity of about £21 annual value, arising from nine acres of land, left by three different donors, and £5 from land at Snettisham, left by :Mrs. Pell in 1732; these amounts are expended in coals, which are distributed to the poor of the parish. The Methodist New Connexion and the Primitive Methodists have each a chapel here. Here are five manors, of which H. R. H. The Prince of Wales and the Rev. J.W. Bellamy are lords, and also the principal landowners. The soil is light mixed; subsoil, principally chalk and carstone. The crops are generally on the four-course system. The area is 3,472, in rate book 3,427, acres [as written], and the population in 1861 was 822.
Parish Clerk, Benjamin Lines.

POST & MONEY ORDER OFFICE & Post Office Savings Bank. - John Louis Adcock, postmaster. London & other letters are received through Lynn by mail cart; arrive at 6.50 a.m. & are dispatched at 5.40 p.m.
INSURANCE AGENT - Liverpool & London & Globe, John L. Adcock
Railway Station, Francis Perry, station master
CARRIERS TO LYNN - Abrabam Davis, tuesday & saturday,  returning same day. There are several other carriers to & from Lynn passing through the village

Boothby Mr. Emanuel
Chadwick Mr. George A
Coe Mr. Christopher James, Rose cottage
Freeman Joshua, esq
Goggs John, esq. Old Hall
Rix Mr. Henry
Scolefield Mr. Edward, Hill house
Stanton Mr. Richard, Ling house
Stanton Mr. Robert, Heath side

COMMERCIAL.
Adcock John Louis, postmaster & tailor & agent for ' Lynn Advertiser & People's Weekly Journal'
Asker William, broker
Balding Robert, cattle dealer & farmer
Balding Thomas, cattle dealer
Beckett Enoch, grocer & draper
Buck James, beer retailer
Bussey Matilda & Maria (Misses), farmers
Chadwick George A. farmer
Chambers William, bricklayer
Daniel John, fisherman
Daniel Samuel, fisherman
Davis Abraham, carrier to Lynn
Daw Robert, shopkeeper
Farrin Robert, sen. farmer
Fitt Matthew, farmer, baker & corn miller, Dersingham corn mills
Flegg Martin, wheelwright
Forster James, carpenter
Forster James Joseph, carpenter & joiner
Freeman Joshua, farmer dealer
Frost John & James, blacksmiths
Gamble John, shoe maker
Green Thomas, fisherman
Harper Charles, beer retailer
Jackson James, gardener &c
Jarvis James William, baker
Mann George, farmer
Middleton Thomas. fisherman & besom maker
Mitchell Edward, wood hurdle maker
Mitchell Henry, wood hurdle maker
Parker John William, draper & grocer
Petrie Sarah (Mrs.), Cock inn
Potter Frederick, farm bailiff to Joshua Freeman, esq
Reynolds Elizabeth (Miss), shopkeeper
Riches James, wheelwright
Riches John, farmer
Rix Henry, farmer
Smith James, market gardener
Smith William, White Horse, & pig dealer
Stanton Richard & Robert, farmers, Ling house
Taylor Thomas, Coach & Horses
Terrington Henry, shoe maker
Terrington John, boot maker
Townsend Robert, butcher
Waters Ann (Mrs.), Dun Cow, & farmer
Waters William, butcher
Watson Robert, shoe maker