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"BOWTHORPE parish, 3 miles W. by N. of Norwich, has only 34 inhabitants, and 600A. of land, all in one farm, belonging to R. Frank, Esq., and occupied by Mr. John Howlett. The CHURCH (St. Michael,) was unroofed in 1792, but much of the ruined walls still remain. The curacy, certified at £15, is consolidated with Earlham." [William White, History, Gazetteer, and Directory of Norfolk (1845) - Transcription copyright © Pat Newby]

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See also Bawburgh. and Earlham.

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Census

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Censuses

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Church Directories

  • In 1883 the parish was in the Deanery of Hingham, in the archdeaconry of Norfolk.
    It could have been in a different deanery or archdeaconry both before and after this date.
  • The parish church was dedicated to St Michael, but it was in ruins in the 18th century.
    There is now an ecumenical church centre.
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Church History

Bowthorpe Church Centre
Ecumenical Church Centre.
Services, history, organisations, etc.
Church of St Michael
Description and pictures of the ruins.
Bowthorpe Church Centre
Description and pictures.
Bowthorpe Church Centre
Services, etc.
Beazley, Olwen; and Ayers, Brian S.
Two Medieval Churches in Norfolk.
Excavations at St Martin at Palace Church, Norwich and St Michael's Church, Bowthorpe.
[ISBN 0905594339, Gressenhall, Norfolk Museums and Archaeology Service, East Anglian Archaeology report no.96, 2001]
 
Methodist Church
Minister, services, picture, etc.
Follow the link to the home page, then search for the church.
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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), Bowthorpe was in Forehoe Registration District.

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Civil Registration

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Description & Travel

Bowthorpe News
For Clover Hill, Chapel Break and Three Score.
Simpson, Ray
Bowthorpe: a community's beginnings.
[ISBN 0950850403, Norwich, Open Door Publications, 1982]

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Description and Travel

You can see pictures of Bowthorpe which are provided by:

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Gazetteers

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Historical Geography

Bowthorpe is in Forehoe Hundred.

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

You can see the administrative areas in which Bowthorpe 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

Jessopp, Augustus
Bowthorpe Hall: a paper read at the excursion meeting, Sept. 20, 1877.
[Norwich, Norfolk and Norwich Archaeological Society, in "Norfolk Archaeology" vol.8, 1879]

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Land and Property

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Maps

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference TG179093 (Lat/Lon: 52.637438, 1.219566), Bowthorpe 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
18015253268
18115959330
18218488456
18318891440
1841  4--  34
1851  5--  31
Year  Inhabited
Houses
FamiliesPopulation
1861  4--21
1871101065
1881111255
1891101058
1901121262
1911--1363

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.

1801, 1811, 1821 and 1831 Censuses
The figures are for Bawburgh with Bowthorpe.