"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.

Church History

Church of St Nicholas
Description and pictures.
Church of St Nicholas
Location, services, picture, etc.

Church Records

These are not included in Boyd's Marriage Index or Phillimore's Marriage Registers.
Churchwardens' Rates
Principal property occupiers and the amounts paid.
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


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.

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Description & Travel

You can see pictures of Ashill which are provided by:




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

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.
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.
Land Valuations
Names, values and owners of all land in the parish.

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Land and Property



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


Military Records


Poor Houses, Poor Law



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
Families Population
1801   53   82 482
1811   69 101 547
1821 117 121 579
1831 129 155 700
1841 137 -- 637
1851 150 -- 696
Year   Inhabited
Families Population
1861 151 -- 696
1871 154 161 721
1881 156 156 656
1891 149 149 600
1901 138 138 552
1911 -- 140 539

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.

Other population figures