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"HEMPTON, a small parish and scattered village, half a mile S. of Fakenham, (being on the opposite side of the river Wensum,) has 447 inhabitants, and only 370 acres of enclosed land, and 68 acres of common, mostly the property of Lord Charles Townshend, the impropriator, and lord of the manor. The CHURCH (St. Andrew,) was standing in the 12th of Henry VII., but it was taken down several centuries ago, and the curacy annexed to Fakenham." [William White, History, Gazetteer, and Directory of Norfolk (1845) - Transcription copyright © Pat Newby]

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Church Directories

  • In 1883 the parish was in the Deanery of Toftrees, 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 the Holy Trinity.
    There was also a church dedicated to All Saints.
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Church History

Church of the Holy Trinity
Description and pictures.
Church of the Holy Trinity
Services, etc.
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Church Records

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), Hempton was in Walsingham Registration District.

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Civil Registration

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Description & Travel

Fitzjohn, Peter
The Story of Hempton.
With list of priors of Hempton, and vicars of Holy Trinity Church.
[Fakenham, printed by Wyman and Sons Ltd, 1956]
Nicholson, Nita
Hamatuna - Hempton: a village community 1066-1977.
[Hempton, 1977]
Hempton Parish Council
Councillors, etc.
Hempton Abbey Farm Post Mill
Description and history.
Hempton Post Mill
Description and history.
Hempton Tower Mill
Description, history and pictures.
Hempton Water Mill
Description, history and pictures.

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Description and Travel

You can see pictures of Hempton which are provided by:

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Gazetteers

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Historical Geography

Hempton is in Gallow Hundred.

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

You can see the administrative areas in which Hempton 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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History

Le Strange, John
The Account of the Bursar of Hempton Priory, 1500-1501.
[Norwich, Samuel Miller, in "The Norfolk Antiquarian Miscellany" vol 1, part 1, 1873]
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Maps

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference TF913293 (Lat/Lon: 52.827247, 0.837964), Hempton which are provided by:

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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----235
18114551232
18216069299
18317684411
184181--447
185193--477
Year  Inhabited
Houses
FamiliesPopulation
1861  97  --459
1871103107484
1881113148566
1891112112476
1901117117471
1911  --120489

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.