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Blofield

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"BLOFIELD, which gives name to this Hundred, is a large village and parish, containing many neat houses, 1112 inhabitants, and 2277 acres of land, pleasantly situated on the Yarmouth turnpike, 7 miles E. of Norwich. H.N. Burroughes, Esq., is lord of tha manor, which was held by the Bishop till about the year 1070; but the land belongs to a number of freeholders, several of whom reside here. The CHURCH (St. Andrew,) has a fine lofty tower, and six bells, and was re-pewed and otherwise improved in 1819, at the cost of £350. New western doors were erected in 1844, made from the timber of an oak tree which had been planted in the churchyard by the late rector. The rectory, valued in the King's Book at £23. 6s. 8d., and in 1831, at £933, is in the patronage of Caius College, Cambridge, and incumbency of the Rev. John Drew Borton, M.A., who rebuilt the Rectory House, &c., in 1805-'6. The tithes were commuted in 1845. The glebe is 61A. 3R. 22P. The Wesleyans have a chapel here." [William White, History, Gazetteer, and Directory of Norfolk (1845) - Transcription copyright © Pat Newby]

Blofield is the name of the hundred, the deanery, the civil registration district, and the poor law union, so a reference to Blofield could mean this parish, or this area of Norfolk.

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Church Directories

  • In 1883 the parish was in the Deanery of Blofield, 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 Andrew in some records, and to St Andrew and St Peter in others.
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Church History

Church of St Andrew and St Peter
Services, description, pictures, etc.
Church of St Andrew
Description and pictures.
Church of St Andrew and St Peter
Description, services, location, etc.
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Church Records

Marriages
These are included in Boyd's Marriage Index.
They are not included in Phillimore's Marriage Registers.
Churchwardens' Rates
Principal property occupiers and the amounts paid.
1772-1773, 1790-1792, 1809-1811, 1819, and 1825-1826.
Churchwardens' Payments, or Disbursements
Payments for church repairs, communion bread and wine, etc.
1772-1790, and 1819-1825.
Collections for special appeals, disasters, relief of suffering, etc.
1826: Church bell

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), Blofield was in Blofield Registration District.

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Civil Registration

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Description and Travel

Blofield Parish Council
History, description, pictures, parish council, etc.
Pilch, Barbara
The Book of Blofield and Hemblington, parishes portrayed.
[ISBN 1841145041, Halsgrove, 2006]
Blofield Field Post Mill
Description.
Blofield Lingwood Road Post Mill
Description and history.
Blofield Heath Smock Mill
Description.
Blofield Heath Tower Mill
Description, history and picture.
Blofield Heath Women's Institute
The Handbook.
[Blofield Heath W.I., 1996]

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Description and Travel

You can see pictures of Blofield which are provided by:

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Gazetteers

Ask for a calculation of the distance from Blofield to another place.

Click here for a list of nearby places.

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Historical Geography

Blofield is in Blofield Hundred.

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

You can see the administrative areas in which Blofield 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 and Property

Great Britain: Statute
Blofield and Hemblington Inclosure act, 1801.
An act for dividing, allotting, and inclosing the open fields, commons, and waste grounds, within the parishes of Blofield and Hemblington, in the county of Norfolk.
[1801]
Kelly, Geoffrey Ian
Turret House, Blofield, a history.
[Typescript in Norwich Local Studies Library, 1996]

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Land and Property

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Poor Houses, Poor Law etc.

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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
Families Population
1801 130 152   657
1811 169 174   807
1821 201 202   979
1831 215 223 1092
1841 228   -- 1112
1851 254   -- 1173
Year   Inhabited
Houses
Families Population
1861 265   -- 1155
1871 269 273 1110
1881 276 281 1136
1891 284 285 1151
1901 266 266 1047
1911   -- 281 1105

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.

1901 Census
"Including Blofield Corner, and part of Hemblington Corner."
[The other part of Hemblington Corner was included with Hemblington].
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