"HOLME-HALE, perhaps a corruption of Holme-on-the-Hill, is a scattered village, chiefly on a bold acclivity, above the small river Wissey, 5 miles E. by S. of Swaffham. The parish contains 488 inhabitants, and about 2547 acres, belonging to several proprietors, one of the largest of whom is Robt. Farrand, Esq., the lord of the manor, who built a neat mansion here about 12 years ago. The CHURCH (St. Andrew) was commenced in the reign of Richard III., but not finished till 1435. It has a large nave, a small chancel, and a square tower with six bells. It has two fine brasses to Sir Edmund Illey and Wm. Curteys. The tower was built about 1431. . . . The rectory, valued in the King's Book at £12.16s.5d., was held with that of Necton, by the late Chancellor Yonge, of Swaffham, who died in 1844. The two livings are now separated. The Rev. Henry Milne, M.A. is now rector and patron of Holme-Hale, and has 58A. of glebe, and a yearly rent of £583, awarded in 1839 in lieu of tithes. Here is a small chapel and a National School." [William White, History, Gazetteer, and Directory of Norfolk (1845) - Transcription copyright © Paddy Apling]
- Mid-Norfolk Family History Society
- Memorial Inscriptions for the Church of St Andrew.
Including a plan of the church and churchyard, inscriptions, and index.
[Mid Norfolk FHS, 2000?]
See also Norfolk Parish Links: Cemeteries
- In 1883 the parish was in the Deanery of Cranwich, in the archdeaconry of Norfolk.
- The parish church is dedicated to St Andrew.
- 1845: White's History, Gazetteer, and Directory of Norfolk
- 1854: White's History, Gazetteer, and Directory of Norfolk
- 1883: White's History, Gazetteer, and Directory of Norfolk
- 1883: Kelly's Directory for Cambridgeshire, Norfolk & Suffolk
- 1937: Kelly's Directory of Norfolk
See also Norfolk Parish Links: Directories
- Ask for a calculation of the distance from Holme Hale to another place.
Holme Hale is in South Greenhoe hundred.
You can see the administrative areas in which Holme Hale has been placed at times in the past. Select one to see a link to a map of that particular area.
- Carthew, George Alfred
- A history, topographical, archaeological, genealogical, and biographical, of the parishes of West and East Bradenham, with those of Necton and Holme Hale, in the county of Norfolk, from the Public Records, Court Rolls, Wills, Parish Registers, and private sources.
[Norwich, Agas H. Goose, 1883]
- Hunt, Alec (edited by Chris Dawes)
- The Holme Hale Story.
[Holme Hale, c1985]
- Great Britain. Inclosure Commissioners
- Statement of claims (62): Holme Hale and West Bradenham.
Drawn up in pursuance of the Act of Inclosure, 1801.
- Great Britain: statute
- Holme Hale and West Bradenham Inclosure act, 1801.
An act for dividing, allotting, and inclosing the whole year inclosures, open fields, commonable grounds, commons, and waste lands, within the parishes of Holme Hale and West Bradenham, in the county of Norfolk.
[An independently printed edition of the act, 1801]
- Parish outline and location.
- See Parish Map for Swaffham Registration District, 1836 and nearby places.
See also Norfolk Parish Links: Maps
You can see maps centred on OS grid reference TF889077 (Lat/Lon: 52.633896, 0.789897), Holme Hale which are provided by:
- Google Maps
- StreetMap (Current Ordnance Survey maps)
- Bing (was Multimap)
- OldMaps (Old Ordnance Survey maps.)
- Old Maps Online (Other old maps.)
- National Library of Scotland (Old Ordnance Survey maps)
- Vision of Britain (Click "Historical units & statistics" for administrative areas.)
- English Jurisdictions in 1851 (Unfortunately the LDS have removed the facility to enable us to specify a starting location, you will need to search yourself on their map.)
- Magic (Geographic information) (Click + on map if it doesn't show)
- GeoHack (Links to on-line maps and location specific services.)
These figures are from the population tables which were produced after the 10-yearly national censuses. The "Families" heading includes families and single occupiers.
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 Great Cressingham, Holme-Hale, and Igborough is attributed to labourers having left, owing to the lowness of wages, &c."