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"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]

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It is also known as Bathley

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Cemeteries

The Monumental Inscriptions in the Hundred of Holt (Walter Rye).
The parishes covered include Bale.
See Thornage

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Cemeteries

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Church Directories

  • 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.
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Church History

Church of All Saints
Description and pictures.
Church of All Saints
Description and pictures.
Church of All Saints
Services, etc.
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Church Records

Marriages
These are not included in Boyd's Marriage Index or Phillimore's Marriage Registers.

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), Bale was in Walsingham 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

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.

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Land & Property

Great Britain. Inclosure Commissioners
Statement of claims (27): Bathley otherwise Bale.
Drawn up in pursuance of the Act of Inclosure, 1811.
[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.
[1811]

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Maps

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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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
18013333195
18112736203
18215055265
18315456275
184150--229
185156--234
Year  Inhabited
Houses
FamiliesPopulation
186150--227
18715153215
18815355232
18915050239
19014950224
1911--56241

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."

Other population figures