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Cockley Cley

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"COCKLEY-CLEY, on the banks of a rivulet, 4 miles S.S.W. of Swaffham, is a scattered village and parish, containing 244 souls, and 4160A., of which 1500 acres form a high sandy heath, abounding in rabbits, and adjoining Swaffham Heath. The Hall, a neat mansion, with pleasant grounds, is the seat of T.R. Buckworth, Esq., owner of most of the soil, and lord of the manor, which was purchased of the Wodehouse family by the late Richard Dashwood, Esq. The CHURCH (All Saints) is a venerable fabric, with a short round tower; and near it was a small chapel, dedicated to St. Mary, which was for many years occupied as the rectory-house, but what remains of it is now a cottage. There was also another church (St. Peter's,) at the east end of the village, said to have been burnt down in the reign of Elizabeth. The rectory of All Saints, and the vicarage of St. Peter, valued in the King's Book at £8. 17s. 1d., and in 1831 at £158, are consolidated, in the gift of T.R. Buckworth, Esq., and incumbency of the Rev. Robert Rolfe, M.A., who is also rector of Caldecot and Thurgarton, in this county, and of Yaxley, in Suffolk." [William White, History, Gazetteer, and Directory of Norfolk (1845) - Transcription copyright © Paddy Apling]

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Census

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Church Directories

  • In 1883 the parish was in the Deanery of Cranwich, in the archdeaconry of Norfolk.
  • The parish church is dedicated to All Saints.
    There was also a church dedicated to St John, and a chapel dedicated to St Mary.
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Church History

Church of All Saints
Description and pictures.
Church of All Saints
Services, etc.
Church of All Saints
Pictures of the church.
Chapel of St Mary
Description and pictures.
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Church Records

Bankowsky, Heather and Palgrave-Moore, Patrick.
Cockley Cley (Church of England) Parish Registers 1691-1837, with Census Returns 1841-1861; transcribed and indexed.
[Norwich, Norfolk and Norwich Genealogical Society, 1986]
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), Cockley Cley was in Swaffham Registration District.

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Gazetteers

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Historical Geography

Cockley Cley is in South Greenhoe hundred.

You can see the administrative areas in which Cockley Cley 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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History

Roberts, Sir Peter
East Anglian Historical Museum: commentary on exhibition, collection and display relating to cottage and forge (built approx. 1450) and 7th century church at Cockley Cley.
[Swaffham, 1970]
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Maps

Parish outline and location.
See Parish Map for Swaffham Registration District, 1836 and nearby places.

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You can see maps centred on OS grid reference TF793042 (Lat/Lon: 52.606384, 0.646218), Cockley Cley which are provided by:

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Military Records

Roll of Honour
World War 1.
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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
18013132184
18113337205
18213340238
18314346218
184141--244
185146--263
Year  Inhabited
Houses
FamiliesPopulation
186151--263
18715658255
18815055207
18915050221
19014848178
1911--53246

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.