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West Bilney

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"BILNEY (WEST) is a small scattered village, with several neat houses, pleasantly situated on and near the Swaffham turnpike, 7½ miles E.S.E. of Lynn; comprising in its parish 298 inhabitants, and about 2,400 acres of land, including 150 acres of plantations, all belonging to John Dalton, Esq., the lord of the manor, and patron of the Church, which is dedicated to St. Cecilia, and is a curacy, certified at £20 per annum, paid by the lord of the manor, but augmented from 1762 to 1817, with £800 of Queen Anne's bounty, of which £429 14s. remain at interest, and the rest was laid out in 13½ acres of land. It was valued in 1831 at £60, and the Rev. Samuel Spencer is the incumbent. Bilney Lodge, a handsome mansion embowered in vigorous plantations, is occupied by T.M. Wythe, jun., Esq. The National School for Bilney and Pentney, was built in 1833, by subscription." [William White, History, Gazetteer, and Directory of Norfolk (1845) - Transcription copyright © Pat Newby]

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See also East Bilney.

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Church Directories

  • In 1883 the parish was in the Deanery of Lynn Norfolk, in the archdeaconry of Norwich.
  • The parish church is dedicated to St Cecilia.
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Church Records

Parish Register Transcripts
Baptisms 1813-1880
Marriages 1562-1837
See Phillimore's Marriage Registers, Volume 10.
Marriages
These are included in Boyd's Marriage Index.

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), West Bilney was in Freebridge Lynn Registration District.

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Civil Registration

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Gazetteers

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Historical Geography

West Bilney is in Freebridge Lynn hundred.

You can see the administrative areas in which West Bilney 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

Drainage
See East Winch.
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Maps

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference TF716154 (Lat/Lon: 52.709155, 0.538328), West Bilney 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
18011022135
18111225168
18213030193
18311742236
184149--298
185150--304
Year  Inhabited
Houses
FamiliesPopulation
186150--253
18715050242
18814545223
18914949223
19014142178
1911--43192

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.

1861 Census
"The decrease of population in Castle-Acre and West Bilney parishes is attributed to the fact that the return for 1851 included labourers temporarily employed on railway works."