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"CRANWICH, on the south side of the river Wissey, 1½ mile W.N.W. of Mundford, and 6 miles N. of Brandon, is a parish, with 108 inhabitants, and 1549 acres of land, in one farm, belonging to Sir Richard Sutton, Bart. It gives name to a deanery. The Church (Virgin Mary) is a small neat edifice, with a round tower of great antiquity, supposed to have been built by the Danish King Harold. The rectory, valued in the King's Book at £8. 9s. 7d., and in 1843 at £450, with the vicarage of Methwold, annexed to it, is in the gift of H.S. Partridge Esq., and incumbency of the Rev. V.E. Eyre." [William White, History, Gazetteer, and Directory of Norfolk (1845) - Transcription copyright © Pat Newby]

Cranwich is about 8 miles N.W. of Thetford.
The name may also be spelled Cranwick.
See also Cranworth.



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Church Directories

  • In 1883 the parish was in the Deanery of Cranwich, in the archdeaconry of Norfolk.
    It could have been in a different deanery or archdeaconry both before and after this date.
  • The parish church is dedicated to the Virgin Mary.

Church History

Church of the Virgin Mary
Description and pictures.

Church Records

Farrow, Charles W.; and Palgrave-Moore, Patrick
The Parish Registers of Norfolk: Cranwich, 1691-1837, transcribed and indexed.
[Norwich, Norfolk and Norwich Genealogical Society, monograph series no.10, 1986]
These are included in Boyd's Marriage Index.
They are not included in Phillimore's Marriage Registers.

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Church Records


Civil Registration

For the civil registration of births, marriages and deaths between 1837 and 1930 (and for the censuses from 1851 to 1901), Cranwich was in Thetford Registration District.

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Civil Registration


Description and Travel

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Historical Geography

Cranwich is in Grimshoe Hundred.

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

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Poor Houses, Poor Law etc.



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
Families Population
1801 10 13   79
1811 14 14   92
1821 13 14   70
1831 15 15   88
1841 16 -- 108
1851 16 --   96
Year   Inhabited
Families Population
1861 15 -- 88
1871 17 19 69
1881 15 15 69
1891 14 15 72
1901 11 11 58
1911 -- 14 57

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.