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Babingley

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"BABINGLEY, a small parish, 1 mile N.W. of Castle-Rising, and 5½ miles N.N.E. of Lynn, has only 54 inhabitants, and about 800 acres of land, a great part of which is in swampy meadows, through which a rivulet runs westward to the Wash. The Hon. Chas. Spencer Cowper is owner of the soil, lord of the manor, and patron of the rectory, valued in the King's Book at £4 13s. 4d., and united with Sandringham, in the incumbency of the Rev. George B. Moxon. The CHURCH stands in the meadows, near an old cottage, and is said to be the first Christian Church erected in the county, - its patron Saint being Felix the Burgundian, who converted the East Angles. The tower and nave are in tolerable repair, but the chancel is in ruins. Chas. Bradfield, farmer, and John Pratt, farm-steward to Wm. Lewis, occupy the two farm-houses; and the other dwellings consist of a few cottages." [William White, History, Gazetteer, and Directory of Norfolk (1845) - Transcription copyright © Pat Newby]

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The name may also be spelled Babingly.

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Church Directories

  • In 1883 the parish was in the Deanery of Lynn Norfolk, in the archdeaconry of Norwich.
  • The parish church is dedicated to St Felix.
    The former church is now in ruins. It was replaced with an iron church (a tin tabernacle) in the 1890s.
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Church History

Church of St Felix
Description and pictures.
Church of St Felix
Picture of the church.
Former Church of St Felix
Description and pictures of the ruins.
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Church Records

Marriages 1662-1812
See Phillimore's Marriage Registers, Volume 2.
Marriages
These are included in Boyd's Marriage Index.

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), Babingley was in Freebridge Lynn Registration District.

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Civil Registration

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Description & Travel

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Gazetteers

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Historical Geography

Babingley is in Freebridge Lynn hundred.

You can see the administrative areas in which Babingley 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

Hurst, J.G.
Seventeenth-century cottages at Babingley, Norfolk.
[Norwich, Norfolk and Norwich Archaeological Society, in "Norfolk Archaeology", vol.32, 1961]

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Land and Property

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Maps

Parish outline and location.
See Parish Map for Freebridge Lynn Registration District, 1836 and nearby places.

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Maps

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference TF674264 (Lat/Lon: 52.80878, 0.481724), Babingley 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
1801  3523
1811  4735
1821  5753
1831  8938
1841  9--54
185112--88
Year  Inhabited
Houses
FamiliesPopulation
186112--67
1871121676
1881131558
1891181889
1901181892
1911--1992

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.