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Baconsthorpe

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"BACONSTHORPE is a village and parish, 2½ miles E. by S. of Holt, comprising 326 inhabitants, and 1688 acres of land, of which 1348A. are assessable. Lady Suffield and J.T. Mott, Esq., of Blickling, are the principal owners. The latter is lord of the manor, and patron of the rectory, valued in the King's Book at £9, and now enjoyed by the Rev. J.A. Partridge, M.A. The glebe is 12a., and the tithes were commuted, in 1842, for £379 per annum. The rectory-house was nearly destroyed by lightning, in 1692, and by fire in 1754; after which it continued ruinous till 1770, when it was repaired at a considerable expense, by the rector and his parishioners. The CHURCH (St. Mary the Virgin,) is a large handsome edifice, which was partly destroyed by the fall of the steeple, in 1739, but was thoroughly repaired and beautified, chiefly at the expense of the Rev. Wm. Hewitt, in 1779. Here is a small Wesleyan Chapel, built in 1844." [William White, History, Gazetteer, and Directory of Norfolk (1845) - Transcription copyright © Richard Johns]

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Church Directories

  • In 1883 the parish was in the Deanery of Ingworth, 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 Mary the Virgin.
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Church History

Church of St Mary
Description and pictures.
Church of St Mary
Services, etc.
Church of St Mary.
Pictures of the church.
Church of St Mary.
Plan of the church, 1870.
Youngs, Richard
St Mary's Church, Baconsthorpe: history and guide.
[Church Tours, 1996]
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Church Records

Parish Register Transcripts
Baptisms, Marriages and Burials.
Archdeacons' Transcripts
Baptisms 1710-1812, Marriages 1710-1812 and Burials 1710-1812.
[Parish Register Transcription Society, Dart Series, 2000?]
Marriages
These are not included in Boyd's Marriage Index or Phillimore's Marriage Registers.
Churchwardens' Rates
Principal property occupiers and the amounts paid.
1768, 1790, 1810, and 1827-1829.
Churchwardens' Payments, or Disbursements
Payments for church repairs, communion bread and wine, etc.
1711-1712, 1723-1728, and 1768-1782.
Collections for special appeals, disasters, relief of suffering, etc.
1670: Men held as Turkish slaves
1703-1704: Fires at Wapping and Great Massingham; Distressed Protestants; and Seamen's widows.

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), Baconsthorpe was in Erpingham Registration District.

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Civil Registration

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Gazetteers

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Historical Geography

Baconsthorpe is in South Erpingham Hundred.
It is a detached parish, being between Holt Hundred and North Erpingham Hundred.

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

You can see the administrative areas in which Baconsthorpe 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

Baconsthorpe Castle
Description and pictures.
Baconsthorpe Castle
Description and pictures.
Dallas, Carolyn and Sherlock, David
Baconsthorpe Castle, excavations and finds, 1951-1972.
[East Anglian Archaeology, report no.102, 2002]
Rigold, Stuart Eborall
Baconsthorpe Castle, Norfolk.
[ISBN 0116701269, London, Her Majesty's Stationery Office, 1981]
Surveyors' Rates
Principal property occupiers and the amounts paid.
1773.
Land Tax
Principal property owners and occupiers, and the amounts paid.
1800-1801.

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Land and Property

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Maps

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference TG125372 (Lat/Lon: 52.890263, 1.157511), Baconsthorpe which are provided by:

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Military Records

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Names, Personal

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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
18014752239
18114557218
18214860246
18316565333
184163--326
185166--333
Year  Inhabited
Houses
FamiliesPopulation
186167--328
18717375307
18817077293
18917172295
19017070263
1911--73300

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