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Breckles

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"BRECKLES, or Breccles, a small village and parish, 5 miles S. by E. of Watton, has 160 souls, and 1506 acres of land, belonging to Edw. Kerrison, Esq., son of Sir E. Kerrison, Bart., the lord of the manor and patron of the Church, (St. Margaret,) which is a discharged vicarage, valued in K.B. at £7. 7s. 11d., and in 1831, at £41. From 1767 to 1824 it was augmented with £1000 of Q.A.B. The Rev. Robert Ward is the incumbent. In 1806, John Stubbings died here, in his 108th year." [William White, History, Gazetteer, and Directory of Norfolk (1845) - Transcription copyright © Mike Bristow]

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Breckles is about 7 miles N.E. of Thetford.
The name may also be spelled Breccles, and both spellings may be found in the same document.
It is also the name of the deanery, so a reference to Breckles could mean this parish, or this area of Norfolk.

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Church Directories

  • In 1883 the parish was in the Deanery of Breckles, 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 Margaret.
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Church History

Church of St Margaret
Description and pictures.
Church of St Margaret
Pictures of the church.
Church of St Margaret and the tower
Pictures of the church.
Church of St Margaret
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), Breckles was in Wayland Registration District.

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Civil Registration

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Description & Travel

Breckles
Description, history and pictures.
Stow Bedon History Group
The parish of Stow Bedon, Breckles and Lower Stow Bedon.
[Stow Bedon History Group, 2005]

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Description and Travel

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Gazetteers

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Historical Geography

Breckles is in Wayland Hundred.

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

You can see the administrative areas in which Breckles 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
Notes on the history of Breccles Hall, Norfolk.
[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 TL960943 (Lat/Lon: 52.511311, 0.886886), Breckles which are provided by:

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Military Records

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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
18011725139
18111727124
18211727140
18311728154
184128--160
185127--136
Year  Inhabited
Houses
FamiliesPopulation
186130--130
18713039137
18813131130
18912627121
19012424  96
1911--22104

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.