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Hilgay

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"HILGAY is a considerable village on the southern acclivity of the vale of the river Wissey, opposite Fordham, and 4 miles S. of Downham. Its parish contains 1,515 inhabitants, and 7,583A. of land, half of which is fen, but now well drained and cultivated, forming part of the great Bedford level. For improving the drainage, a Steam engine was built on the Ten Mile Bank, in 1842. . . . The CHURCH, (All Saints,) is a large and handsome edifice, approached by a long walk margined with trees. It has a nave and chancel of equal breadth and height, and a square tower, rebuilt of brick in 1794, and containing eight bells. The rectory, valued in the King's Book at £10, and now at £1,600, has about 70A. of glebe, and is in the patronage and incumbency of the Rev. W.J. Parkes, M.A. In the parish are many scattered houses, and two Wesleyan and two Primitive Methodist chapels. The old workhouse was converted into a National School, a few years ago." [William White, History, Gazetteer, and Directory of Norfolk (1845) - Transcription copyright © Pat Newby]

Hilgay is about 14 miles S. of King's Lynn.
It includes the hamlet of Ten Mile Bank.

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Cemeteries

Not all memorials may be included, even when a transcription is marked as complete, for example when stones are not legible enough to be read or photographed.

Church of All Saints
Memorials in the church and churchyard, and Hilgay War Memorial
This is a link to an archived copy.
Church of All Saints
Transcriptions and photographs of memorials.
 
Church of St Mark at Ten Mile Bank
Memorials in the churchyard.
This is a link to an archived copy.

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Cemeteries

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Church Directories

  • In 1883 the parish was in the Deanery of Fincham, 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 All Saints.
    The church at Ten Mile Bank is dedicated to St Mark.
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Church History

Church of All Saints
Description and pictures.
Church of All Saints
Services, etc.
Church Bells
Church Bells, as described in 1874.
 
Church of St Mark at Ten Mile Bank
Services, etc.
Church of St Mark at Ten Mile Bank
Description and picture.
 
Methodist Church
Minister, services, picture, etc.
Follow the link to the home page, then search for the church.
Methodist Church
Minister, services, picture, etc.
 
Primitive Methodist Church
Description, picture and map.
Primitive Methodist Church at Ten Mile Bank
Description, picture and map.
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Church Records

Parish Register Transcripts
Baptisms 1813-1880 at the Church of All Saints
Parish Register Transcripts
Baptisms 1861-1866 at the Iron Church
Marriages
These are included in Boyd's Marriage Index.
They are not included in 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), Hilgay was in Downham Registration District.

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Civil Registration

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Description and Travel

Hilgay and Ten Mile Bank Parish Council
Councillors, meetings, minutes, etc.
Hilgay
Description and pictures.
Pictures of Hilgay
Old postcards and new photographs.
Bullen, Mike
Around Downham Market.
Photographs of Downham Market, Denver, Hilgay and Southery.
[ISBN 1845881115, Nonsuch Publishing, Pocket Images Series, 2005]
Ten Mile Bank
News, events, description, history, pictures, parish council, etc.
 
Hilgay Ely Road Smock Mill
Description, history and pictures.
Hilgay Post Mill
Description, history and map.
Hilgay Steam Mill
Description, history and pictures.
Ten Mile Bank Smock Mill
Description and history.
Hilgay Station Signalman's Box
Great Eastern Railway.

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Description and Travel

You can see pictures of Hilgay which are provided by:

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Gazetteers

Ask for a calculation of the distance from Hilgay to another place.

Click here for a list of nearby places.

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Historical Geography

Hilgay is in Clackclose Hundred.

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

You can see the administrative areas in which Hilgay 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

Description, history, people, pictures, etc, of Hilgay and Ten Mile Bank
and other parishes near Downham Market.
Arnell, Leslie; and Arnell, Brenda
A Brief History of Hilgay.
[Typescript in Norwich Local Studies Library, 1983]
Shaw, Christopher
Fordham, Hilgay and Ten Mile Bank, Little Ouse, Ryston and Roxham, Southery: a brief history for local and family historians.
[Spindrift Print and Publishing, Series: Downham Market and around: Book 1, 2009]
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Land and Property

Beechey, Rev. St. Vincent
The history of a lost deed: executed by Sir John Wray, 1656, whereby certain lands which have been 200 years in possession of Hilgay parish church were conveyed to the poor of Hilgay.
[London, Skeffington and Son, 1888]
Great Britain: Statute
Hilgay Drainage Act, 1831.
An act for more effectually draining certain fen lands and wet grounds called the Great West Fen, in the parish of Hilgay: 30th March 1831.
[London, Eyre and Spottiswoode, 1831]
Great Britain: Statute
Hilgay Great West Fen Drainage Act, 1854.
An act for more effectually draining certain fen lands and wet grounds called the Great West Fen, in the parish of Hilgay: 24th July 1854.
[London, Eyre and Spottiswoode, 1854]

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Land and Property

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Military Records

War Memorial at Hilgay
World Wars 1 and 2.
Scroll down to the end of the transcription.
This is a link to an archived copy.
Roll of Honour at Ten Mile Bank
World War 1.

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Military Records

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Poor Houses, Poor Law etc.

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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
Families Population
1801   85 143   759
1811 130 159   833
1821 190 199   968
1831 220 230 1176
1841 302 --- 1515
1851 360 --- 1710
Year   Inhabited
Houses
Families Population
1861 365 --- 1624
1871 381 419 1822
1881 372 398 1684
1891 338 342 1491
1901 331 337 1448
1911 --- 358 1590

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.

1861 Census
"The decrease of population in Hilgay parish and Welney Chapelry is mainly attributed to emigration, and the introduction of machinery for agricultural purposes."
1891 Census
"Including Ten Mile Bank."
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