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"COLBY, or Coleby, 3 miles N. by E. of Aylsham, has in its parish 346 souls, and 1115 acres of land, mostly the property of Lord Suffield, Mr. S.D. Roper, and W.H. Windham, Esq., and forming part of the manor of Crackford. The Church (St. Giles,) is a neat structure, which was repaired in 1748 and 1834. In the former year, the north aisle was taken down. The east window was decorated, about twelve years ago, with ancient stained glass, collected by the rector, who also purchased the altar piece, a fine painting of Moses and Aaron. The font is richly carved with figures of the Holy Family, the Evangelists, &c. The living is a discharged rectory, valued in the King's Book at £8. 15s. 10d., in the gift of Lord Suffield, and incumbency of the Rev. George Coleby, B.A." [William White, History, Gazetteer, and Directory of Norfolk (1845) - Transcription copyright © Richard Johns]

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Church Directories

  • In 1883 the parish was in the Deanery of Ingworth, 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 Giles.
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Church History

Church of St Giles
Description and pictures.
Church of St Giles
Services, etc.
Bestelink William
A Short Guide to the Church of St Giles, Colby.
[North Walsham, 1985]
Hall, Bryan
The Felmingham group of parishes, brief historical notes on the churches of Felmingham, Suffield, Colby, Banningham and Tuttington.
[Felmingham, The Churches, 1977]
 
Colby Wesleyan Reform Church
Picture, services, etc.
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Church Records

Parish Register Transcripts
Baptisms 1813-1880
Parish Register Transcripts
Baptisms, Marriages and Burials.
Archdeacons' Transcripts
Baptisms 1684-1812, Marriages 1684-1812 and Burials 1684-1812.
[Parish Register Transcription Society, Dart Series, 2000?]
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), Colby was in Aylsham Registration District.

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Civil Registration

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Description & Travel

You can see pictures of Colby which are provided by:

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Gazetteers

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Historical Geography

Colby is in South Erpingham Hundred.

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

You can see the administrative areas in which Colby 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

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Maps

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference TG223317 (Lat/Lon: 52.83684, 1.298703), Colby 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
18013248217
18114255238
18214958267
18316466304
184167--346
185169--336
Year  Inhabited
Houses
FamiliesPopulation
186162--269
18716464251
18815759241
18916060276
19016262310
1911--64285

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.

1861 Census
"The decrease of population in Colby, Scottow, and Marsham parishes is attributed to migration".
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Schools

Colby School
Picture of the school.