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Hockwold cum Wilton

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"HOCKWOLD-WITH WILTON are adjoining villages, on the north side of the vale of the Little Ouse river, from 4 to 5 miles W. of Brandon, and 8 miles S. by W. of Stoke-Ferry. They form one parish, containing 994 inhabitants, and 6569 acres of land, over which a new road was made, with a suspension bridge across the river to Suffolk, in 1829. . . . Hockwold Church (St. Peter,) is a small edifice with a broad square tower, three bells, and a fine brass, on which are pourtrayed [sic] Amfelicia, wife of Sir John Tindale, and her nine children, dated 1535. Wilton Church (St. James,) is an ancient edifice, with a tower containing six bells, and surmounted by an octangular spire of freestone. Hockwold rectory, valued in the King's Book at £9. 13s. 11d., and Wilton vicarage at £6. 7s. 6d., are consolidated, and were valued in 1831 at £530. They are in the gift of Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge, and incumbency of the Rev. Wm. Hanson. . . . Here is a Wesleyan chapel, and also a National School, the latter built in 1840. Within the bounds of the parish is an extra-parochial farm called Redmore, on which are two houses." [William White, History, Gazetteer, and Directory of Norfolk (1845) - Transcription copyright © Pat Newby]

Hockwold cum Wilton is about 8 miles N.W. of Thetford.
It consists of the villages of Hockwold and Wilton.
See also Hockering and Hockham.

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Church Directories

  • In 1883 the parish was in the Deanery of Cranwich, in the archdeaconry of Norfolk.
    It could have been in a different deanery or archdeaconry both before and after this date.
  • The parish church of Hockwold is dedicated to St Peter, and is now redundant.
    The parish church of Wilton is dedicated to St James, and is now the parish church for Hockwold cum Wilton.
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Church History

Church of St James
Minister, services, picture, etc.
Church of St James
Description and pictures.
Church of St James
Description of the bells and picture of the church.
Church of St Peter
Picture of the church.
 
Methodist Church
Minister, services, picture, etc.
Follow the link to the home page, then search for the church.
Hockwold Methodist Church
Picture of the church.
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Church Records

Parish Register Transcripts for Hockwold
Baptisms, Marriages and Burials
Parish Register Transcripts for Hockwold
Baptisms, Marriages and Burials.
Parish Register Transcripts for Wilton
Baptisms, Marriages and Burials
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), Hockwold cum Wilton was in Thetford Registration District.

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Civil Registration

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Description and Travel

Hockwold cum Wilton
Description, history, churches, parish council, maps, village magazine, pictures, organisations, etc.
King's Lynn Arts Centre
Portrait of a Village: Hockwold.
[ISBN 189832803X, King's Lynn Arts Centre, 1993]
Hockwold Mill Lane Post Mill
Description and history.
Hockwold Mill Lane Smock Mill
Description and history.
Hockwold Redmoor Smock Mill
Description, history and map.
Hockwold Lower Drainage Mill
Description, history and map.
Hockwold Upper Drainage Mill
Description, history and map.

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Description and Travel

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Gazetteers

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Historical Geography

Hockwold cum Wilton is in Grimshoe Hundred.

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

You can see the administrative areas in which Hockwold cum Wilton 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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Land and Property

Great Britain: Statute
Hockwold cum Wilton Inclosure Act, 1814.
An act for enclosing lands in the township of Hockwold-cum-Wilton, in the County of Norfolk.
[London, George Eyre and Andrew Strahan, 1814]

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Land and Property

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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 132 132   616
1811 136 139   700
1821 128 180   846
1831 184 184   878
1841 194 --   949
1851 228 -- 1067
Year   Inhabited
Houses
Families Population
1861 203 -- 803
1871 212 212 888
1881 187 188 809
1891 194 195 809
1901 184 186 769
1911 -- 188 805

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.

1851 Census
"The Return for Hockwold-cum-Wilton includes Redmoor, deemed extra-parochial, containing 31 persons in 1851."
1861 Census
"The decrease of population in the parish of Hockwold-cum-Wilton is attributed to emigration."
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