"BALE, or Bailthley, on a declivity, 5 miles W. by S. of Holt, has in its parish 229 souls, and 1041A. of land, all arable, except 200A. of wood and pasture. Sir L. Jones, Bart., owns part of the soil, and is lord of the manor. The CHURCH (All Saints,) has a square tower and four bells; and near it is the lifeless trunk of a large oak, in the hollow of which twelve men might have stood upright, in Blomefield's time. The rectory, valued in the King's Book at £10. 13s. 4d., is consolidated with Gunthorpe rectory, in the patronage and incumbency of the Rev. J.H. Sparke." [William White, History, Gazetteer, and Directory of Norfolk (1845) - Transcription copyright © Pat Newby]
It is also known as Bathley
- In 1883 the parish was in the Deanery of Holt, 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 All Saints.
- These are not included in Boyd's Marriage Index or Phillimore's Marriage Registers.
See also Norfolk Parish Links: Church Records
- Ask for a calculation of the distance from Bale to another place.
Bale is in Holt Hundred.
- Parish outline and location.
- See Parish Map for Holt Hundred
- Description of Holt Hundred
- 1845: White's History, Gazetteer, and Directory of Norfolk
You can see the administrative areas in which Bale has been placed at times in the past. Select one to see a link to a map of that particular area.
- Great Britain. Inclosure Commissioners
- Statement of claims (27): Bathley otherwise Bale.
Drawn up in pursuance of the Act of Inclosure, 1811.
- Great Britain: Statute
- Bale Inclosure Act, 1811.
An act for inclosing lands in the parish of Bathley, otherwise Bale, in the county of Norfolk.
You can see maps centred on OS grid reference TG011368 (Lat/Lon: 52.890885, 0.987139), Bale which are provided by:
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- Bing (was Multimap)
- OldMaps (Old Ordnance Survey maps.)
- Old Maps Online (Other old maps.)
- 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.
- 1841 Census
- "The decrease of population in Briningham and Bale (or Bathley) is attributed partly to the emigration of a number of persons about four years ago."