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1929 Directory of Dersingham (Kellys - Norfolk)
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DERSINGHAM is a village and parish on the Lynn and Hunstanton road, half a mile from the station on the Lynn and Hunstanton section of the Great Eastern railway, 8½ miles north-north-east from Lynn and 107 from London, in the North Western division of the county, Freebridge Lynn hundred and petty sessional division, Docking union, Lynn county court district, rural deanery of Rising, archdeaconry of Lynn and diocese of Norwich. The church of St. Nicholas is a large and ancient structure of flint and stone chiefly in the Perpendicular style, consisting of chancel, nave with clerestory, aisles, south porch and an embattled western tower, with four carved angels in place of pinnacles, and containing 6 bells and a clock, erected at a cost of £160, to commemorate the coronation of His late Majesty King Edward VII. : the chancel is lighted by fine windows of the Decorated period, and is divided from the nave by an ancient carved oak screen, with twelve panels, six of which display painted figures, and some of the tracery has been restored : in the south aisle is a piscina and in the chancel an altar-tomb to John Pell esq. and Margaret (Overend) his wife, ob. 5 Feb. I607, with two effigies in marble: there are also several marble slabs and other memorials, mostly to the Pell and Kerrich families, including a brass in the north aisle to one of the former, dated 1636: and memorials to Mrs. Elizabeth Pell, lady of Booters Hall manor, Cranworth, d.1732: to the Rev. Thomas Kerrich, vicar of this parish, d.1828, and Sophia, his wife, d.1835; the oaken church chest is very finely carved and the ancient font has a carved oak cover: the church was thoroughly restored between 1877 and 1879 at a cost of nearly £6,000; the cost of the restoration of the nave being defrayed by the late Dr. Bellamy, and that of the chancel by the Ecclesiastical Commissioners and by a sum of £600 raised by subscription: the building was entirely reseated with open pews of wainscot, and a new pulpit and brass lectern provided : a new organ chamber and clergy vestry was erected on the north side of the chancel in 1911, and the south aisle and side chapel have been restored : there are 600 sittings. The register dates from the year 1653. The living is a vicarage, net yearly value £400, with residence in the gift of the Bishop of Norwich and held since 1927 by the Rev. Robert Lewis Baillie Oliver M.A. of Trinity College, Cambridge. The vicarage house, erected in I877 is of carr stone and red brick and stands on a pleasant elevation. There is a Wesleyan chapel built in 1878 [?]. The Foresters' Hall (Court Motteux, No. 1465), erected on a site given by H.M. King Edward VII. in 1893 and opened by H.M. King George V. (then Prince of Wales), Dec. 11th, 1893. is a building of carr stone with Bath stone dressings; it is also used for entertainments &c. : a court is held monthly. The Church Institute was erected in 1912. In 1929 a Territorial hall was erected at a cost of £5,000. At the enclosure of the common 75 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 Mrs. Pell, and £5 from land at Snettisham, left by a Mr. Bummer in 1732; these amounts are expended in coals, which are distributed to the poor of the parish. Dersingham Hall, in the centre of the village, is a large and plain building of carr stone, stuccoed, and now the property and residence of Theodor Jannoch esq. The Mill House, a building of brick and carr stone, erected in the 17th century and enlarged in 1909, the interior being decorated with oak panels, is in the residence of Mrs Harcourt Wood. The parish comprises five manors, viz., Pakenham, Shouldham Priory, West Hall and Brook Hall and Gelham Hall. His Majesty the King is the principal land-owner. The soil is light mixed; subsoil, principally chalk and carr stone. The crops are generally on the four-course system. The area is 3,573 acres of land and 8 of water ; the population in 1921 was 1,412.
      Deputy Parish Clerk, James March

Post, M. 0., T. & T.E.D. Office.- .-  Letters through Lynn.
Police Station
Railway Station (L. & N.E.)
Carriers to Lynn. - John Edward Wyer & Albert Ding, tues. thurs. & sat. returning same day
There is a motor omnibus service to King's Lynn & Hunstanton

(for T N's see general list of Private Residents at end of book) [not transcribed]

Batterham John, Summerdale
Beck Miss, The Hill top
Beck Mrs Frank, The Shieling
Chambers James Ward William, Lynn road
Corkran Christian, Winkfield cottage
Coxon Capt. A. Cedric M. Highlands
Dow Arthur Graham, The Mead
Hammond Mrs, Hillside
Hawkins Alan George, Wellswill
Jannoch Mrs Theodor. Dersingham hall
Knight Mrs. The Haven
Martin Capt. Reginald Hall, Wood cottage
Munro Alexander Hugh, Holkham house
Murray Henry Dunkeld, Station road
Oliver Rev. Robert Lewis Baillie (vicar), The Vicarage
Parker Edward F. Manor road
Parker William Theodoric, Mansfield House
Pratt Wilfrid Lloyd, The Oaks
Seale Walter, Newera Eliya
Smith Arthur Mapus, Worthams, Station road
Smith William Henry, Hill house
Spence Miss, Mpofna
Stanton Miss, Greenways
Stanton Richard Hugh, Manor house
Sutterby Mrs, The Old House
Tallent Richard Marner, Lyng House (letters through Anmer, Lynn)
Tansley William, Ben Douran, Park Hill
Tingey Mrs, Snoring lodge
Tuck Frederick James, J.P. Courcelette
Wheeler Elton E. O. Park View
Willett Edward Vernon Anson, The Erf
Wood Mrs Harcourt, Mill House
Wootton Misses, Corner House
Youngman Robert, The White house
Youngs Charles J. Rose lodge

Marked thus * farm over 150 acres
Andrews Daniel, greengrocer
Asker William, carpenter
Balding Frederick, smallholder
Balding George, farmer
Balding James, smallholder
Barclays Bank Ltd (sub-branch) (open thurs. 11am to 2pm); head office 54 Lombard st, London EC3
Barrett Cecil W. Insurance agent
Bird F.A. & S.E., butchers
Bird Isaac David, Alexandra inn
Chambers G. & Sons. builders
Chester Henry, White Horse P.H.
Clayton Charles, pig dealer
Coach & Horses Bowling Club
Coach & Horses Hotel (William Thomas Owen)
Cobbold Horace John, grocer, Chapel road
County Library (Elton E.O. Wheeler, librarian)
Cricket Club (C. Cockran, sec)
Cross Herbert, greengrocer, Lynn road
Dersingham Football Club (C.H. Houchen, hon. sec.)
Dersingham Tennis Club (W.H. Easter hon. sec.) , Manor Road
Ding Albert, carrier
Drew Henry John, saddler
Drew Thomas Turner, beer retailer
Emmerson James jun, smallholder, The Emblems
Ewer William John, newsagent
Feathers Hotel (the Peoples' Refreshment House Association Ltd) T N Dersingham 7
Firth Alfred, clerk to the Charity trustees, The Shrubbery
Fitt Frederick Charles, baker
Foresters' Hall (Court Motteux, No 1465) (Robert G. Walton, sec)
Grief William, insurance agent
Harrison Alfred, rating officer & clerk to the Parish Council, The Rest
Houchen Charles H. fried fish dealer
Houchen Reginald, motor car for hire, Old cottage
Howell D.G., beekeepers agent
Hyner (Eric) & Co Ltd motor engineers. The Sandringham garage T A "Eric Hyner, Dersingham;" TN 10
Institute Bowling Club, (Elton E.O. Wheeler, hon. sec.)
Institute Public Hall (C. Corkran, sec)
Jackson James, farmer Centre vale
Jarvis T. & J., bakers
King George W. hair dresser
Lines William Herbert, butcher TN 6
Linford Frederick, house decorator
Linford Roland, grocer
Magness Thomas Augustus, Dun Cow P.H.
Middleton Agness (Mrs), confectioner
Munro Alexander H. F.L.A.S. Land agent & surveyor & income tax consultant & insurance agent Bank chambers TN 12
Norfolk Regiment (5th Batt.) (Territorial Army) D Co Drill hall
Nurse Walter Frederick, coal dealer
Parker J. W. & Son, drapers, grocers & boot & shoe warehouse & hardware dealers  TN 4
Playford Herbert G. baker
Purvis Austen Alfred, painter
Ralph Walter, photographer
Reynolds Edward William, coal & coke dealer
Reynolds Henry O'Dell, hair dresser
Reynolds John Charles, nurseryman, Roseneath
Riches Ernest James, boot repairer
Senter Leah (Mrs), confectioner
Senter Martin, boot repairer
Senter Walter, cycle agent
* Smith William Henry farmer, Hill House farm
Stanton Ellen Maud (Miss) district nurse, Greenways
* Stanton Richard Hugh, farmer, Manor House, smith & wheelwright, Chapel road
* Tallent Richard Marner, Lyng Farm (letters through Anmer, Lynn)
Taylor Ernest Claude, clerk to the Parish Council of Castle Rising, Beech Cottage
Terrington D. & M., butchers
Terrington Reginald, grocer
Terrington Walter, boot repairer
Tuck Archibald Leslie, nurseryman
Twaite John Thomas, motor engineer, The Garage TN 13
Walden William, builder, Chapel road
White Horse Bowling Club
Willans Frederick Jeune M.V.O., M.R.C.S.Eng, L.R.C.P.Lond. physician & surgeon; branch surgery, Sandringham Road
Willett Edward V.A. merchant & importer, Bank chambers
Women's Institute (Mrs R.H. Stanton, local organizer)
Working Men's Bowling Club
Working Men's Club
Wyer John Edward, carrier