"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]
The name may also be spelled Babingly.
- 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.
- Ask for a calculation of the distance from Babingley to another place.
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.
- Hurst, J.G.
- Seventeenth-century cottages at Babingley, Norfolk.
[Norwich, Norfolk and Norwich Archaeological Society, in "Norfolk Archaeology", vol.32, 1961]
- 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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- National Library of Scotland (Old Ordnance Survey maps)
- Vision of Britain (Click "Historical units & statistics" for administrative areas.)
- English Jurisdictions in 1851 (Unfortunately the LDS have removed the facility to enable us to specify a starting location, you will need to search yourself on their map.)
- Magic (Geographic information) (Click + on map if it doesn't show)
- GeoHack (Links to on-line maps and location specific services.)
These figures are from the population tables which were produced after the 10-yearly national censuses. The "Families" heading includes families and single occupiers.
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.