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Framingham Earl

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"FRAMINGHAM-EARL, a small parish of dispersed dwellings, 4 miles S.E. by S. of Norwich, has only 100 inhabitants, and 611A. of land, belonging to several proprietors, the largest of whom is G.B.L. Knight, Esq., who has a neat mansion here, with a woody lawn; but the Earl of Rosebery is lord of the manor. Mr Knight's estate belonged to the late eminent Edward Rigby, M.D., who died in 1822, after practising as a surgeon in Norwich since 1769, and publishing several excellent medical works. The CHURCH (St. Andrew,) is a small edifice, with a round tower. The living is a discharged rectory, valued in the King's Book at £3. 6s. 8d., and is consolidated with Bixley" [William White, History, Gazetteer, and Directory of Norfolk (1845) - Transcription copyright © Pat Newby]

Framingham Earl may also be found as Earl Framingham and Framlingham Earl.
See also Framingham Pigot.


Church Directories

  • In 1883 the parish was in the Deanery of Brooke, 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 St Andrew.

Church History

Church of St Andrew
Description and pictures.
Church of St Andrew
Services, etc.
Cotton, Simon
Saint Andrew's Church, Framingham Earl, with list of rectors.
[Norfolk Churches Trust, 1980s]
Eleven Churches, a Guide to the Bramerton Group, Norfolk.
See Hellington
Rogerson, Andrew
Three Norman churches in Norfolk.
[Excavations: All Saints, St Andrew and St Mary (Barton Bendish), St Andrew (Framingham Earl) and St Peter (Guestwick)]
[East Anglian Archaeology, Report 32, 1987]
Methodist Church
Minister, services, picture, etc.
Follow the link to the home page, then search for the church.

Church Records

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), Framingham Earl was in Henstead Registration District.

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Civil Registration


Description and Travel

See Norfolk Parish Links: Description and Travel

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Historical Geography

Framingham Earl is in Henstead Hundred.

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

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Land and Property

Rigby, Edward
Framingham: Its agriculture, including the economy of a small farm.
[Norwich, Printed by Burks and Kinnebrook for R. Hunter, London, 1820]
See Arminghall

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Land and Property


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 16 18   96
1811 10 10   49
1821 12 12   56
1831 17 17   74
1841 22 -- 100
1851 27 -- 111
Year   Inhabited
Families Population
1861 30 -- 136
1871 35 35 167
1881 34 34 139
1891 34 34 137
1901 37 37 138
1911 -- 42 166

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.