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Briningham

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"BRININGHAM, which gives name to a police division, is 4 miles S.W. by S. of Holt, and has in its parish 243 souls, and 1138 acres of land, mostly in Lord Hastings' manor "on the part of Thornage," (fines arbitrary,) and partly in Lady Suffield's manor of Briningham Chosells. On the north side of the parish is a tower called Belle Vue, belonging to Lord Hastings, and commanding extensive views. The Church (St. Maurice,) is a curacy, valued in 1831 at £62. It is in the patronage and incumbency of the Rev. Shovel Brereton, M.A., who is also impropriator of the tithes, (commuted for £353 per annum,) and has lately erected a handsome parsonage house, on a pleasant eminence, and is also rector of Great Poringland." [William White, History, Gazetteer, and Directory of Norfolk (1845) - Transcription copyright © Pat Newby]

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Cemeteries

The Monumental Inscriptions in the Hundred of Holt (Walter Rye).
The parishes covered include Briningham.
See Thornage

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Cemeteries

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Church Directories

  • In 1883 the parish was in the Deanery of Holt, 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 Maurice.
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Church History

Church of St Maurice
Description and pictures.
Church of St Maurice
Services, etc.
Church of St Maurice
Picture of the church.
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Church Records

Parish Register Transcripts
Baptisms 1813-1880
Archdeacons' Transcripts
Baptisms 1719-1812, Marriages 1749-1811 and Burials 1720-1812.
[Parish Register Transcription Society, Dart Series, 2000?]
Marriages
These are not included in Boyd's Marriage Index or Phillimore's Marriage Registers.

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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), Briningham was in Walsingham Registration District.

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Civil Registration

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Description & Travel

Briningham Post Mill
Description, history and picture.
Briningham Belle Vue Smock Mill
Description, history and pictures.

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You can see pictures of Briningham which are provided by:

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Gazetteers

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Historical Geography

Briningham is in Holt Hundred.

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

You can see the administrative areas in which Briningham 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

Great Britain. Inclosure Commissioners
Statement of Claims: Briningham, Stody and Brinton.
Drawn up in pursuance of the Act of Inclosure, 1805.
21 claims for Stody only.
[1806]
Great Britain: Statute
Briningham, Stody and Brinton Inclosure Act, 1805.
An act for inclosing lands in the parishes of Briningham, Stody, and Brinton in the county of Norfolk.
[An independently printed edition of the act, 1805]

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Maps

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference TG039342 (Lat/Lon: 52.867057, 1.027648), Briningham 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
18015151228
18114765230
18215454282
18313660277
184152--243
185155--227
Year  Inhabited
Houses
FamiliesPopulation
186151--206
18715255212
18815670255
18915655237
19015657273
1911--51220

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.

1841 Census
"The decrease of population in Briningham and Bale (or Bathley) is attributed partly to the emigration of a number of persons about four years ago."