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Flitcham cum Appleton

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"APPLETON is an ancient decayed parish, 8 miles N.E. by E. of Lynn, lying in the vale between West-Newton and Flitcham, and united with the latter for the maintenance of the poor. It contains only two farm-houses, two cottages, and about 700 acres of land, all belonging to the Hon. Charles Spencer Cowper. The ancient lords of the manor were the Pastons, whose handsome mansion here was burnt to the ground in 1707, to the great danger of the family, who were in their beds when the conflagration was discovered. The hall was never re-built, and since then, the small CHURCH, dedicated to St. Mary, has been a deserted ruin, of which, much of the dilapidated tower and walls of the nave still remain. . . The living is a discharged vicarage, possessed only of a yearly modus of £8, and now enjoyed by the Rev. W. Allen, of Narborough, who performs divine service in the ruins once a year." [William White, History, Gazetteer, and Directory of Norfolk (1845) - Transcription copyright © Pat Newby]

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It is also known as Flitcham with Appleton and as Flitcham and Appleton.

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Church Directories

  • In 1883 the parish was in the Deanery of Lynn Norfolk, in the archdeaconry of Norwich.
  • The parish church of Flitcham is dedicated to St Mary the Virgin.
    The parish church of Appleton was also dedicated to St Mary, but it has been in ruins since the early 18th century.
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Church History

Church of St Mary the Virgin, Flitcham
Description and pictures.
Church of St Mary the Virgin, Flitcham
Services, etc.
Church of St Mary the Virgin, Flitcham
Picture of the church.
Church of St Mary the Virgin, Flitcham
Picture of the church.
Church of St Mary, Appleton
Description and pictures of the ruins.
Church of St Mary, Appleton
Picture of the ruins.
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Church Records

Flitcham Marriages 1755-1837
See Phillimore's Marriage Registers, Volume 9.
They are not included in Boyd's Marriage Index.

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), Flitcham cum Appleton was in Freebridge Lynn Registration District.

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Civil Registration

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Description & Travel

Flitcham
Description, history, pictures, people, parish council, etc.
Flitcham Water Mill
Description and picture.

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Gazetteers

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Historical Geography

Flitcham cum Appleton is in Freebridge Lynn hundred.

You can see the administrative areas in which Flitcham cum Appleton 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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Maps

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

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Maps

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference TF731273 (Lat/Lon: 52.815135, 0.566783), Flitcham cum Appleton 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

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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
18015058309
18115055227
18215767346
18318090323
184178--428
185184--466
Year  Inhabited
Houses
FamiliesPopulation
1861  98--533
1871102108509
1881  99  99466
1891100100483
1901101101488
1911--102460

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.

1801, 1811, 1821 and 1831 Censuses
The population tables only show figures for Flitcham - there is no mention of Appleton. However in the tables for the 1841 and 1851 censuses, where these figures are repeated, they are for Flitcham-cum-Appleton.
1861 Census
"The increase of population in Flitcham-cum-Appleton is partly attributed to the erection of cottages for agricultural labourers."
1901 Census
"Including Flitcham Abbey."