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Alderford

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"ALDERFORD, on a declivity 3 miles S. by E. of Reepham, is a small parish of only 44 souls, and 434 acres of land, in the manor of Swannington, and mostly the property of C. K. Tompson, Esq. The Church (St. John Baptist) is a discharged rectory, valued in K.B. at £4. 6s. 8d., and in 1831, at £219, with the vicarage of Attlebridge annexed to it, in the gift of the Dean and Chapter of Norwich, and the incumbency of the Rev. John D. Parmeter." [William White, History, Gazetteer, and Directory of Norfolk (1845) - Transcription copyright © Mike Bristow]

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Alderford is about 8 miles S.W. of Aylsham.

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Church Directories

  • In 1883 the parish was in the Deanery of Sparham, 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 John the Baptist.
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Church History

Church of St John the Baptist
Description and pictures.
Church of St John the Baptist
Description and picture.
Church of St John the Baptist
Services, minister, address, picture, etc.
Wortley, John Dixon
Alderford Church, Norfolk.
[Norwich, Goose, 1928]
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Church Records

Marriages
These are not included in Boyd's Marriage Index or Phillimore's Marriage Registers.
Churchwardens' Rates
Principal property occupiers and the amounts paid.
1821-1834, and 1834-1839.
Churchwardens' Payments, or Disbursements
Payments for church repairs, communion bread and wine, etc.
1820-1839.

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), Alderford was in St Faith's Registration District.

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Civil Registration

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Gazetteers

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Historical Geography

Alderford is in Eynsford Hundred.

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

You can see the administrative areas in which Alderford 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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Land & Property

Land Tax
Principal property owners and occupiers, and the amounts paid.
1801-1802, and 1826.

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Land and Property

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Maps

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference TG124188 (Lat/Lon: 52.724753, 1.144293), Alderford which are provided by:

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Poor Houses, Poor Law

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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
FamiliesPopulation
18016935
18114743
18216645
18315840
18418--44
18517--41
Year  Inhabited
Houses
FamiliesPopulation
1861  5--29
1871  6  624
1881  8  837
1891  9  943
1901111149
1911--1255

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.

1861 Census
"The decrease of population in the parish of Alderford is attributed to the demolition of cottages."