Ketteringham is a small village which lies six miles
south-west of Norwich.
In 1960 Owen Chadwick - a history professor at
Cambridge University - published Victorian Miniature
- a remarkable book which combined the diaries of
two Ketteringham characters: the squire (Sir John
Boileau) and the vicar (the Revd. W.W. Andrew). In
this quiet village in South Norfolk hatred and animosity
flowed between the manor house and the church. Sir John
and his family lived at Ketteringham Hall while Rev
Andrew controlled the church of St Peter which stood
next to the entrance to the hall.
St. Peter's Church
In his book Chadwick writes with great detail about
the clash of personalities, the class distinctions in
the village and the surrounding rural life of 19th
century Norfolk. The style is reminiscent of Anthony
Trollope. The sections of the book are as follows: 1.
Squire and Parson; 2. Andrew; 3. Ketteringham; 4.
Sir John Boileau; 5. The submission of the
clergy; 6. James Rush; 7. Ama; 8. The
Coffins; 9. Charles; 10. Caroline; Epilogue.
Here is the opening paragraph of the book, in which
the battle-lines are clearly drawn: