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Ashby with Oby

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"ASHBY-WITH-OBY, and THURNE, at the north-western angle of West-Flegg hundred, were consolidated as one parish in 1604, and now comprise 220 inhabitants, 1967 acres of land, a number of scattered houses, and the small village of THURNE, or Thirne, on a declivity near the confluence of the rivers Thurne and Bure, 11 miles N.W. of Yarmouth. The Church, dedicated to St. Edmund, stands near this village, and is a rectory valued in the King’s Books at £10. The Bishop of Norwich is the patron, and the Rev. Horatio Bolton, M.A. the incumbent." [William White, History, Gazetteer, and Directory of Norfolk (1836) - Transcription copyright © Brian Randell]

See also Ashby St Mary.



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Church Directories

  • In 1883 the parish was in the Deanery of Flegg, in the archdeaconry of Norwich.
    It could have been in a different deanery or archdeaconry both before and after this date.
  • The parish church was dedicated to St Mary but it was in ruins in the 18th century.

Church Records

Oby Marriages 1563-1718 and Thurne with Oby and Ashby Marriages 1559-1837
See Phillimore's Marriage Registers, Volume 7.

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Church Records


Civil Registration

For the civil registration of births, marriages and deaths between 1837 and 1923 (and for the censuses from 1851 to 1901), Ashby with Oby was in Flegg Registration District. Between 1837 and 1850, the district was called East and West Flegg.

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Civil Registration


Description and Travel

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Historical Geography

Ashby with Oby is in West Flegg Hundred.

Parish outline and location.
See Parish Map for East Flegg and West Flegg Hundreds
Description of East Flegg and West Flegg Hundreds
1845: White's History, Gazetteer, and Directory of Norfolk

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