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"ILLINGTON parish, on the banks of a rivulet, 5 miles W.N.W. of East Harling, comprises only 93 inhabitants, and 1100 acres of land, all the property of the Rev. Robert Churchman Long, the lord of the manor, and patron and incumbent of the rectory, valued in the King's Book at £6. 19s. 2d., and in 1831, at £140. The Church (St. Andrew,) is a small edifice, with a square tower, and an inscription to the memory of Sir John Churchman, Knight." [William White, History, Gazetteer, and Directory of Norfolk (1845) - Transcription copyright ©Pamela Littlefair]

Illington is about 6 miles N.E. of Thetford.
See also Hillington.



Church of St Andrew
Transcriptions and photographs of gravestones in the churchyard.
Not all gravestones may be included, even when a site is marked as complete, for example when stones are not legible enough to be photographed.

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Cemeteries



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Church Directories

  • In 1883 the parish was in the Deanery of Rockland, 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 St Andrew.

Church History

Church of St Andrew
Description and picture.

Church Records

Parish Register Transcripts
Baptisms 1813-1880
These are not included in Boyd's Marriage Index or Phillimore's Marriage Registers.

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Church Records


Civil Registration

For the civil registration of births, marriages and deaths between 1837 and 1930 (and for the censuses from 1851 to 1901), Illington was in Wayland Registration District.

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Civil Registration


Description and Travel

See Norfolk Parish Links: Description and Travel

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Historical Geography

Illington is in Shropham Hundred.

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

You can see the administrative areas in which Illington has been placed at times in the past. Select one to see a link to a map of that particular area.



Davison, Alan J.; Green, Barbara; and Milligan, Bill
Illington: a study of a Breckland parish and its Anglo-Saxon cemetery.
[ISBN 0905594096, Norfolk Museums Service, East Anglian Archaeology, report no.63, 1993]

Land and Property

Land Tax
Principal property owners and occupiers, and the amounts paid.
1767-1768, 1782-1798, 1800-1814, and 1814-1833.

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Land and Property


Poor Houses, Poor Law etc.



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
Families Population
1801   5 11   71
1811   6 17   72
1821   7 15   96
1831   8 17   91
1841 16 --   93
1851 19 -- 111
Year   Inhabited
Families Population
1861 21 -- 88
1871 20 20 91
1881 20 20 84
1891 19 19 78
1901 15 16 66
1911 -- 15 65

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.

Other population figures