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East Bilney

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"BILNEY (EAST), 5 miles N.W. by N. of East Dereham, is a straggling village and parish, with 41 houses, 187 souls, and 532a. 3r. 11p. of land, mostly the property of Jno. Collison, and Wm. Pearce, Esqrs. The Church, dedicated to St. Mary, is a rectory, valued in the King's book at £5 14s. 2d., augmented with £200 Queen Anne's Bounty, and a like sum raised by subscriptions. J. Collison, Esq., of Bilney Hall, is patron, and the Rev. H. Collison, M.A., incumbent, who has a handsome rectory house, built in 1840. The tithes are commuted for £112. The Rev. Thos. Bilney, a learned divine, burnt at Norwich, in 1531, and the Rev. A. Perne, D.D., Dean of Ely, and Vice-Chancellor of Cambridge, were both natives of this parish." [William White, History, Gazetteer, and Directory of Norfolk (1854) - Transcription copyright © the late A.J. Carter]

East Bilney is about 7 miles S. of Fakenham.
See also West Bilney, which is about 15 miles to the west.



Mid-Norfolk Family History Society
The Monumental Inscriptions of the Church and Churchyard of St Mary The Virgin, East Bilney, Norfolk.
[Mid-Norfolk Family History Society, 1995]

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Cemeteries



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Church Directories

  • In 1883 the parish was in the Deanery of Brisley, 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.

Church Records

Mid-Norfolk Family History Society
The Parish Registers of St Mary the Virgin, East Bilney, Norfolk.
Baptisms 1714-1902; Banns 1757-1799; Marriages 1714-1904; Burials 1713-1911.
[Mid-Norfolk Family History Society, 1990s]

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Church Records


Civil Registration

For the civil registration of births, marriages and deaths between 1837 and 1930 (and for the censuses from 1851 to 1901), East Bilney was in Mitford and Launditch Registration District.

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Civil Registration


Description and Travel

See Norfolk Parish Links: Description and Travel

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Historical Geography

East Bilney is in Launditch Hundred.

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

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Poor Houses, Poor Law etc.