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    Bardwell, Blackbourn Hundred
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    BARDWELL in 1844, is a large well-built, pleasant and healthy village, on the east bank of the river Thet, 2 1/2 miles N. of Ixworth, and 8 miles N.E. of Bury St. Edmund's, and S.S.E. of Thetford, has in its parish 826 inhabitants, 3,142 acres of land, and the small hamlet of Bowbeck, 1 1/2 mile N. of the church. It gave name to the ancient family of Berdwell, who were seated here as early as the Norman Conquest. Sir William Berdwell, a celebrated soldier, whose effigy, in painted glass, still remains in the north-window of the church, died seised of the manor of Bardwell Hall, in 1434. It afterwards passed to the Reads, one of whom married the daughter and heiress of William Crofts. The parish is in three manors, of which the following are the names and lords:- Bardwell Hall, Sir H. C. Blake; Wicks Hall, the Earl of Albemarle; and Wyhen Hall, the Duke of Grafton; but part of the soil belongs to Thomas Hallifax, Esq., J. Jeffes, Esq., Messrs. R. Grimwood, J. Debenham, J. Cocksedge, P. Sharman, and a few smaller owners. The Church, (St. Peter) is a handsome structure, with a lofty tower containing six bells, and surmounted by a short spire. It has several elegant monuments of the Read and Crofts families, and two of its windows are decorated with stained glass. It was repaired at the cost of 200, in 1842; and in the following year, an organ, which cost 70, ivas given by the Rev. Henry Adams, B.D., who now enjoys the rectory, valued in K.B. at 7 17s. 1d., and in 1835 at 597. The patronage is in St. John's College, Oxford, and the tithes were commuted in 1839, for a yearly modus of 788. Here is a neat Baptist Chapel, built in 1824, and also a small Wesleyan Chapel.
    The Town Estate is appropriated, under sundry ancient deeds, and a decree of the Court of Chancery made in 1639, to the service of the church and the good of the parish, "in such things as should be most needful.'' The estate is vested with 24 feoffees, and consists of the Guildhall, now in 12 tenements, occupied by the poor parishioners, rent free ; four cottages, let at small rents, and 66a. 1r. 2p. of land. The rents produce 142 16s. per annum, and are applied in repairing the church, the Guildhall,and the four cottages; in payment of the churchwarden's expenses, and the wages of the parish clerk and sexton, and an allowance of 25 a year for schooling poor children. The surplus is divided among the poor of the parish. The yearly sum of 5, paid by the Duke of Grafton, as interest of 100 derived from an exchange of part of the trust land in 1709, is applied with the rents of the town estate. In 1677, Thomas Meade left 50 for schooling poor children, and it was laid out with l0 given by Sir C. C. Reade, in the parchase of 44a. of land in Stanton, let for 6, which, with the annuity of 25 from the town estate, is paid to two schoolmistresses, for teaching about 70 children to read, and the girls to sew. Another Free-School, for 24 poor children, is supported by Mrs. Adams. In the 12th of Charles II, Robert Garrard left 20 for the relief of 10 poor widows, and it was laid out in the purchase of 2a. 3r. 16p. of land, now let for 5 a year, which is distributed at Christmas, with an annuity of 3s. 4d. left by John Green, in 1595, out of Guttrage's Acre, in Ixworth Thorpe. In 1822, John Jeffes charged his estate at Bardwell, with the yearly payment of 3, to provide a dinner on Christmas-day for 10 poor men and 10 poor women. On the enclosure of Bardwell-Heath, an Allotment of 25a. 26p. was awarded to the poor parishioners, in lieu of their right of cutting fuel; and also an allotment of 2a. 3r. 25p. on Bardwell Green. These allotments are now let for 59 1 Pa per annum, which is distributed in coals,&c.

    Adams Rev Hebry BB, Rectory
    Booty John, gent, Bardwell Green
    Browning John, blacksmith
    Vlarke Mrs Margaret
    Cocksedge John, bricklayer
    Coe James, gamekeeper
    Death James, butcher
    Fuller William, victualler, Green Man
    Noble Charles, victualler, Six Bells
    Addison Susan
    Browning Mary
    Simpson Ann
    Benham Thomas (& wheelwright)
    Fuller William
    Beard Robert, Steam Mill
    FARMERS (* are owners)
    Addison George
    Berd Robert
    Bobby John, Place Farm
    Cocksedge John
    Collis Benjamin, Heath
    * Debenham Jas, Littlemoor Hall
    * Grimwood Robert
    Jewers Francis, Bardwell Hall
    Pelham Ambrose
    Simpson John, Wyken Hall
    Grocers & Drapers
    Botwright Thomas
    Pettit William
    Blishard Richard
    Palfrey John
    Plummer George
    Sone Jonathan

    Bardwell in Kellys 1879 Directory.
    Bardwell is a large village and parish on the small river Thet, 6 miles north from Thurston station, 2 north from Ixworth, and 8 north east from Bury, in the Western division of the County, Blackbourn Hundred.
    The church of SS Peter and Paul is a handsome flint building. The register dates from 1538.
    Parish Clerk, Charles Noble
    Post Office, George Cunningham
    Endowed School built in 1854; Oliver Spalding Simkin, master; Mrs Simkin, mistress
    Carriers to Bury St Edmund, Henry Addison & George Holden
    Carrier to Thetford, George Holden

    Cooper MrsDunlap Rev Arthur Phillip BD [rector]
    Glasgow Rev William [Baptist]
    Goldsmith Edward John, Bardwell Hall
    Jewers Miss
    Robins Mrs

    Addison Charles, farmer
    Addison George, farmer
    Addison Henry, carrier
    Allen henry, farm bailiff to the exors of G K Cooper esq
    Blizard Richard, shoe maker
    Browning Geoge, blacksmith
    Cawley John, builder & contractor
    Claxton Charles, farmer
    Cooke Henry, farmer & miller
    Crosby Henry, grocer
    Cunningham George, farmer, stationer & postmaster
    Death Samuel, farmer
    Fuller William, carpenter
    Gaught George, Six Bells
    Goldsmith Edward John, farmer, Bardwell hall
    Harrison Charles, miller & farmer
    Holden George, hurdle maker & carrier
    Markham Henry, beer retailer
    Mayhew William, Green Man
    Mays Job, farmer
    Middleditch Henry, grocer
    Mothersole William, farmer
    Palfrey James, shoe maker
    Palfrey William, thatcher
    Payne Richard, wheelwright
    Peto James, farmer, Barningham park
    Plummer David, butcher & shopkeeper
    Plummer George, shoe maker
    Plummer James, shopkeeper
    Ruddock Samuel, shopkeeper
    Soer Walter, shoe maker
    Tipple David, grocer & shoe maker
    Wainwright Thos, farmer, Wicken Hall
    Whittaker Michael, blacksmith
    Woodgate. farm bailiff to William R E Barker esq

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