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Gooderstone

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"GOODERSTONE, commonly called Goodson, is a long village of detached houses, 4 miles N.E.of Stoke Ferry, and 6 miles S.S.W. of Swaffham, in the vale of a rivulet which flows southward to the Wissey. Its parish has 500 inhabitants, three wind mills, one water mill, and 2743 A. of land, partly belonging to James Cuddon, Esq., of Norwich, the lord of the manor, but here are several resident proprietors. The CHURCH (St. George) is a large fabric, with a short square tower and three bells. The nave and chancel are divided by a lofty screen, which has been richly ornamented with paintings, carvings, and imagery work. Several of the windows have stained glass, and at the west end are three ancient stalls on each side. The living is a discharged vicarage, valued in K.B. at £6. 12s., and in 1831 at £136, and is now enjoyed by the Rev. John Dolignon." [William White, History, Gazetteer, and Directory of Norfolk (1845) - Transcription copyright © E.C. "Paddy" Apling]

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The name may also be spelled Gooderston.

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Church Directories

  • In 1883 the parish was in the Deanery of Cranwich, in the archdeaconry of Norfolk.
  • The parish church is dedicated to St George.
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Church History

Church of St George
Description, history and pictures.
Church of St George
Description and pictures.
Church of St George
Services, etc.
Ring, Gerald
St George's Church, Gooderstone: a brief guide and history.
[Gooderstone, The Church, 1980s]
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Church Records

Farrow, Charles W.
The Parish Registers of Norfolk: Gooderstone, 1563-1837, transcribed and indexed.
[Norwich, Norfolk and Norwich Genealogical Society, monograph series no.23, 1987]
Parish Register Transcripts
Baptisms 1813-1880
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), Gooderstone was in Swaffham Registration District.

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Civil Registration

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Description & Travel

Gooderstone Water Mill
Description, history and pictures.
Gooderstone Chalkrow Lane Tower Mill
Description, history and pictures.
Gooderstone Mill Drove Post Mill
Description and history.
Gooderstone Quarry Post Mill
Description and history.
Gooderstone Street Tower Mill
Description and history.

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Description and Travel

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Gazetteers

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Historical Geography

Gooderstone is in South Greenhoe hundred.

You can see the administrative areas in which Gooderstone 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

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference TF762021 (Lat/Lon: 52.588449, 0.599443), Gooderstone 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
1801  4456292
1811  4970351
1821  5186439
1831  9699476
1841105--500
1851129--613
Year  Inhabited
Houses
FamiliesPopulation
1861121--571
1871122131530
1881106106487
1891  98  98394
1901  85  85292
1911--  88296

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.