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Clenchwarton

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"CLENCHWARTON is a scattered village with several neat houses, 2 miles W. of Lynn by the ferry, and 3 miles by the bridge; including within its parish 597 inhabitants, and 2,720 acres of land, exclusive of about 160 acres of the old bed of the river Ouse, now converted into pasture-ground. The soil belongs to a number of freeholders, the largest of whom are Lord George Bentinck, J.B. Monk, and John Stephens, Esqr., of Berkshire. The CHURCH, dedicated to St. Margaret, is an ancient cemented building, partly mantled with ivy, and sheltered on the north by the plantation of the rectory-house. The rectory, valued in the King's Book at £14 16s. 6d., and in 1835, at £348, is in the patronage of the widow and son of the late Rev. Fdk. Wm. Goldfrap. The son is now at college, and for him the living is now held in commendam by the Rev. Thos. T. Upwood of Terrington St. Clement." [William White, History, Gazetteer, and Directory of Norfolk (1845) - Transcription copyright © Pat Newby]

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The name may also be spelled Clenchwharton.

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Church Directories

  • In 1883 the parish was in the Deanery of Lynn Marshland, in the archdeaconry of Norwich.
  • 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
Services, etc.
Church of St Margaret
Pictures of the church.
 
Methodist Church
Minister, services, picture, etc.
Follow the link to the home page, then search for the church.
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Church Records

Parish Register Transcripts
Baptisms 1813-1880
Archdeacon's Transcripts
Marriages
Marriages
These are not included in Boyd's Marriage Index or Phillimore's Marriage Registers.
Parish Registers
Clenchwarton people in Tilney All Saints and Tilney cum Islington

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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), Clenchwarton was in Wisbech Registration District.

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Description & Travel

Clenchwarton Parish Council
Meetings, minutes, etc.
Challis, Chris
Memories of Clenchwarton.
[Colour Print, 1993]
Howard, Harry
Memories of Clenchwarton 1903-1968, the church and life on the farms.
[Clenchwarton, 1968]
Eggett, Thomas W. (editor)
Clenchwarton as it was, to the present day, 100 years, 1900-2000. A record in photographs.
[Clenchwarton, Book Committee, 2000]
Clenchwarton Post Mill
Description and history.

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Gazetteers

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Historical Geography

Clenchwarton is in Freebridge Marshland hundred.

You can see the administrative areas in which Clenchwarton 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

Statement of Claims and Enclosure, 1796
See Walpole St Peter
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Maps

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference TF591203 (Lat/Lon: 52.757334, 0.355768), Clenchwarton which are provided by:

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Military Records

Roll of Honour
World Wars 1 and 2.
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Poor Houses, Poor Law

  • After 1834 Clenchwarton became part of the Wisbech Union, and the workhouse was at Wisbech in Cambridgeshire.
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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
1801  3547232
1811  3955350
1821  8193456
1831  5370478
1841117--597
1851133--789
Year  Inhabited
Houses
FamiliesPopulation
1861133---599
1871146160636
1881145152668
1891138139608
1901---128588
1911---143628

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.

1851 Census
"The increase in population in Clenchwarton is referable to the temporary employment of 146 excavators upon the New Estuary, near Lynn Regis."
1841, 1851 and 1861 Censuses
The figures are from the population tables for Cambridgeshire.
1911 Census
There were 19 people in detached parts of the parish.