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"ASHILL, a scattered village, on a commanding eminence, 3 miles N.N.W. of Watton, and 6 miles S.E. of Swaffham, has in its parish 637 souls, and 2970A. of land, in the manors of Uphall, Collards, and Gaines, of which Lord Ashburton is lord; and Panworth Hall, of which the Earl of Leicester is lord; but part of the soil belongs to several smaller owners. The Church (St Nicholas) is a handsome fabric, in the pointed style, with a tower and six bells. It was repewed in 1827, and its east window is richly decorated with stained glass. The rectory, valued in the King's Book at £19.13s.6½d., has 32A. of glebe, and a yearly rent of £1010, awarded in 1841, in lieu of tithes. The Rev. B. Edwards is patron and incumbent. Here is a National School, built in 1820." [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 Breckles, 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 Nicholas.
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Church History

Church of St Nicholas
Description and pictures.
Church of St Nicholas
Description, services, picture, etc.
Church of St Nicholas
Location, services, picture, etc.
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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.
1824-1826.
Churchwardens' Payments, or Disbursements
Payments for church repairs, communion bread and wine, etc.
1795-1799, and 1801-1804.

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), Ashill was in Swaffham Registration District.

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Civil Registration

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Description & Travel

Ashill Village Pages
Church, chapels, school, map, pictures, etc.
Ashill Post Mill
Description, and history.

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Gazetteers

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Historical Geography

Ashill is in Wayland Hundred.

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

You can see the administrative areas in which Ashill 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

Great Britain: Statute
Ashill Inclosure Act, 1785.
An act for dividing, allotting and inclosing the common fields, half year or shack lands, commons and waste grounds within the parish of Ashill, in the county of Norfolk.
[1785]
Reid, A.W.
The Process of Parliamentary Enclosure in Ashill.
[Norwich, Norfolk and Norwich Archaeological Society, in "Norfolk Archaeology", vol.37, 1980]
Land Tax
Principal property owners and occupiers, and the amounts paid.
1799-1800.
Land Valuations
Names, values and owners of all land in the parish.
1816.

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Land and Property

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Maps

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference TF888046 (Lat/Lon: 52.606696, 0.786893), Ashill which are provided by:

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Military Records

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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
1801  53  82482
1811  69101547
1821117121579
1831129155700
1841137--637
1851150--696
Year  Inhabited
Houses
FamiliesPopulation
1861151--696
1871154161721
1881156156656
1891149149600
1901138138552
1911--140539

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.

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