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Heydon

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"HEYDON, a pleasant village and parish, 5 miles W.N.W. of Aylsham, and 14 miles N.W. by N. of Norwich, has 321 souls, and 1911 acres of land, belonging to Wm. Earle Lytton Bulwer, Esq., of HEYDON HALL, a handsome Elizabethan mansion of brick, erected in 1581, by Henry Dynne, Esq.; but the house and lawn have since been considerably improved. Mr. Bulwer is the elder brother of Sir E.G.E. Bulwer Lytton, Bart., the author of several highly popular novels; and is lord of the manors of Heydon-with-members, Stinton Hall, Sallkirk Hall, Oulton, Thurning, Guestwick, Wood Dalling, &c., for which John Richardson, Esq., one of the first proposers of the new poor law, is steward. The Church (St. Peter and St. Paul,) is a large and handsome Gothic fabric, with a lofty tower, in which is an excellent peal of six bells, hung a few years ago. The rectory, valued in the King's Book at £9. 16s. 10½d., has 24A. 3R. 20P. of glebe, and is consolidated with that of Ermingland (sic), in the patronage of W.E.L. Bulwer, Esq., and incumbency of the Rev. Evan Nepean, M.A., of Grosvenor chapel, London." [William White, History, Gazetteer, and Directory of Norfolk (1845) - Transcription copyright © Richard Johns]

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The name may also be spelled Haydon.

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Church Directories

  • In 1883 the parish was in the Deanery of Ingworth, 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
Services, pictures, etc.
Linnell, Charles Lawrence Scruton
Heydon Church: St Peter and St Paul.
[Aylsham, printed by F.C. Barnwell, 1963]
Memorials and Wall Paintings in the Church:
Memorial to Erasmus Earle, and Wall Painting of Herod and Salome
Wall Painting of The Adoration of the Magi
Memorial to Elizabeth Maude Bulwer, and Wall Painting of The Three Living and The Three Dead
Wall Painting of a Female Saint
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Church Records

Parish Register Transcripts
Baptisms 1813-1880
Parish Register 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), Heydon was in Aylsham Registration District.

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Description & Travel

Heydon
Description and pictures.
This is a link to an archived copy.

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Gazetteers

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Historical Geography

Heydon is in South Erpingham Hundred.

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

You can see the administrative areas in which Heydon 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 TG113273 (Lat/Lon: 52.801724, 1.133308), Heydon 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
18016064296
18114061316
18216874333
18316578350
184162--321
185161--300
Year  Inhabited
Houses
FamiliesPopulation
186160--302
18716166263
18815758217
18915454205
19015151217
1911--56220

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.