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Houghton on the Hill

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"HOUGHTON-ON-THE-HILL is a small parish, 4 miles S.E. of Swaffham, containing only 41 souls, and 600 acres of land, mostly belonging to E. T. Applewhaite, Esq., and occupied by non-residents. Mr. Wm. Blomfield, farm steward, occupies the house, besides which the only other dwellings are five cottages. The Church (St. Mary) is small pile, with a tower and 1 bell. The living is a discharged rectory, valued in the King's Book at £4.18s.9d., and consolidated with that of North Pickenham." [William White, History, Gazetteer, and Directory of Norfolk (1845) - Transcription copyright © Paddy Apling]

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See also Houghton, and Houghton St Giles which is also known as Houghton in the Dale.

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Church Directories

  • In 1883 the parish was in the Deanery of Cranwich, in the archdeaconry of Norfolk.
  • The parish church is dedicated to St Mary the Virgin.
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Church History

Church of St Mary the Virgin
Description and pictures.
Church of St Mary the Virgin
Description and history.
Church of St Mary the Virgin
Wall paintings in the church.
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Church Records

Parish Register Transcripts
Baptisms, marriages and burials. This is a link to an archived copy.
Parish Register Transcripts
Baptisms 1813-1880
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), Houghton on the Hill was in Swaffham Registration District.

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Civil Registration

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Gazetteers

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Historical Geography

Houghton on the Hill is in South Greenhoe hundred.

You can see the administrative areas in which Houghton on the Hill 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 TF867053 (Lat/Lon: 52.613263, 0.756856), Houghton on the Hill 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  4  842
1811  51045
1821  5  834
1831  8  952
1841  8--41
185110--50
Year  Inhabited
Houses
FamiliesPopulation
186110--49
1871101038
1881101048
1891101051
1901  8  846
1911--  942

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.