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Acle

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"ACLE is a pleasant and well-built village, on two opposite acclivities, 11 miles E. of Norwich, and now only about 8 miles W. by N. of Yarmouth; a new turnpike from hence, across the marshes, to the latter place, having shortened the distance nearly four miles. . . The parish contains 864 inhabitants, and 3165 acres of land, the greater part of which is a marsh; a small portion of which is a detached allotment, made at the enclosure, in 1797, and lying near Yarmouth. Lord Calthorpe is the principal owner, lord of the manor, and patron of the CHURCH, which is a neat structure, dedicated to St. Edmund the King, and has a highly florid Gothic screen. The organ was presented by the patron, in 1837. The living is a rectory, valued in the King's Book at £20, and now enjoyed by the Rev. Wm. Spooner, Archdeacon of Coventry. The tithes have recently been commuted for £720 per annum; and the glebe is 6A. 19P." [William White, History, Gazetteer, and Directory of Norfolk (1845) - Transcription copyright © Pat Newby]

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Church Directories

  • In 1883 the parish was in the Deanery of Blofield, in the archdeaconry of Norwich.
    It could have been in a different deanery or archdeaconry both before and after this date.
  • The parish church is dedicated to St Edmund, King and Martyr.
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Church History

Church of St Edmund, King and Martyr
Description, pictures, services, etc.
Church of St Edmund, King and Martyr
Description and pictures.
Acle Church
The Parish Church of St Edmund, King and Martyr, Acle.
[Norwich, Rigby Printing, 1970s]
 
Methodist Church
Address, minister, picture, etc.
Follow the link to the home page, then search for the church.
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Church Records

Acle Marriages 1664-1812
See Phillimore's Marriage Registers, Volume 1.
Marriages
These are included in Boyd's Marriage Index.
Churchwardens' Rates
Principal property occupiers and the amounts paid.
1831-1832.

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Church Records

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Civil Registration

For the civil registration of births, marriages and deaths between 1837 and 1930 (and for the censuses from 1851 to 1901), Acle was in Blofield Registration District.

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Civil Registration

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Description and Travel

Acle Village
News, events, organisations, history, pictures, parish council, etc.
Acle Society
A Guide to Acle.
[Acle Society, 1986]
Acle Tower Mill
Description, history and pictures.
Acle Post Mill
Description and history.
Acle Marsh Farm Drainage Mill
Description and picture.

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Description and Travel

You can see pictures of Acle which are provided by:

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Gazetteers

Ask for a calculation of the distance from Acle to another place.

Click here for a list of nearby places.

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Historical Geography

Acle is in Walsham Hundred.
Nowhere, an area of salt marshes near Great Yarmouth, is a detached portion of the parish.

Parish outline and location.
See Parish Map for Walsham Hundred
Description of Walsham Hundred
1845: White's History, Gazetteer, and Directory of Norfolk

You can see the administrative areas in which Acle has been placed at times in the past. Select one to see a link to a map of that particular area.

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History

Grint, Brian S.
An Acle Chronicle.
[ISBN 0946148392, North Walsham, Poppyland Publishing, 1989]
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Land and Property

Great Britain: Statute
Acle Inclosure Act, 1797.
An act for dividing, allotting and inclosing the arable lands, intermixed pastures, commons and waste grounds within the parish of Acle, in the county of Norfolk.
[1797]
Surveyors' Rates
Principal property occupiers and the amounts paid.
1820-1821, and 1826.
Surveyors' Payments, or Disbursements
Payments for road repairs, materials, tools, etc.
1820-1822, and 1827-1836.

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Land and Property

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Military Records

Roll of Honour
World Wars 1 and 2.
Basey, Chris
Acle Book of Remembrance.
Not just names in stone: The lives and times of the men who died in two World Wars and are commemorated on the Acle War Memorial.
[Acle, Acle Branch of the Royal British Legion, 2003]
Basey, Chris
Just a job that we had to do!
World War Two stories told by Acle people.
[Acle, Acle Veterans Project, 2005]

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Military Records

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Poor Houses, Poor Law etc.

  • After 1834 Acle became part of the Blofield Union, and the workhouse was at Lingwood.
  • Overseers' Rates
    Principal property occupiers and the amounts paid.
    1794, and 1809-1810.
  • Overseers' Payments, or Disbursements
    Payments for outrelief, medical expenses, clothes, etc.
    1794, and 1816.
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Population

These figures are from the population tables which were produced after the 10-yearly national censuses. The "Families" heading includes families and single occupiers.

Year   Inhabited
Houses
Families Population
1801 114 114 600
1811 124 124 671
1821 136 139 698
1831 159 174 820
1841 177   -- 864
1851 180   -- 816
Year   Inhabited
Houses
Families Population
1861 197   -- 926
1871 204 204 930
1881 207 216 915
1891 212 213 933
1901 206 209 846
1911   -- 237 942

There may be more people living in detached parts of the parish (if there were any) and, if so, the number may or may not be included in the figures above. It is quite difficult to be sure from the population tables.

1851 and 1861 Censuses
"Parts of the following Parishes in the South Walsham Subdistrict, are situate in the Marshes at distances varying from two to seven miles from the respective villages: South Walsham St. Lawrence, Upton, Acle, Halvergate, Tunstall, Wickhampton, Freethorpe, and Reedham."
1901 Census
"Including Damgate."
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