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"EDGEFIELD, nearly 3 miles S. of Holt, is a large scattered village, and has in its parish 638 souls, and 2435 acres of land, including 350A. of heath and plantations. It is mostly in the manors of Edgefield-with-Ellingham and Edgefield-Bacons. The executors of the late John Marcon, Esq., are lords of the former, and the Right Hon. J.H. Frere is lord of the latter. Part of the land belongs to Lady Suffield, and G.B. Ballachey, Esq., has a seat here called The Mount, on a lofty eminence, commanding extensive views, in which 30 churches are seen. The Church (St. Peter and St. Paul,) has an octagonal tower, and a large organ, built by the late W. Mendham, of Holt. The rectory, valued in the King's Book at £11. 6s. 8d., and in 1831 at £300, has 16A. 3R. 25P. of glebe. The tithes were commuted in 1844. The Exors. of J. Marcon, Esq., are patrons, and the Rev. Wm. Marcon, incumbent. Here is a Wesleyan and also a Primitive Methodist chapel, and a National school." [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 Edgefield.
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 Peter and St Paul.
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Church History

Church of St Peter and St Paul
Description and pictures.
Church of St Peter and St Paul
Description, picture, services, etc.
Cotton, Simon and Tricker, Roy
Church of St Peter and St Paul, Edgefield.
[Holt, Norfolk Churches Trust, 1970s]
Marcon, Canon W.H., Rector of Edgefield.
The Reminiscences of a Norfolk Parson.
[Holt, Rounce and Wortley, 1934]
 
Former Church of St Peter and St Paul
Description and pictures of the ruins.
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Church Records

Archdeacons' Transcripts
Baptisms 1730-1812, Marriages 1730-1812 and Burials 1730-1812.
[Parish Register Transcription Society, Dart Series, 2000?]
Bishop's Transcripts
Baptisms.
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), Edgefield was in Erpingham Registration District.

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Description & Travel

Edgefield Post Mill
Description, history and maps.
Edgefield Early Post Mill
Description and history.
Edgefield Smock Mill
Description and history.

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You can see pictures of Edgefield which are provided by:

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Gazetteers

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Historical Geography

Edgefield 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 Edgefield 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 (48): Edgefield.
Drawn up in pursuance of the Act of Inclosure, 1812.
[1812]
Great Britain: Statute
Edgefield Inclosure Act, 1812.
An act for inclosing lands in the parish of Edgefield, in the county of Norfolk: 5th May 1812.
[London, Luke Hansard and Sons, printers, 1812]

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Maps

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference TG096342 (Lat/Lon: 52.864311, 1.111935), Edgefield 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
1801104105495
1811118118531
1821137143680
1831160167774
1841148--638
1851147--664
Year  Inhabited
Houses
FamiliesPopulation
1861148--624
1871146147527
1881120121479
1891121121452
1901117117433
1911--123477

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 the parish of Edgefield is attributed to the removal of a number of labourers who were employed in 1851 in clearing a large wood."
1901 Census
"Including Edgefield Green."