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Kenninghall

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"KENNINGHALL, a small improving market town, on the eastern banks of a rivulet, 3 miles E. by S. of East Harling, and 4 miles S.W. of New Buckenham, has in its parish 1389 inhabitants, and 3524 acres of land, belonging to the Duke of Norfolk, the Earl of Albemarle, N. Cooke, the Calver family, and many smaller proprietors. . . . Kenninghall had anciently a large weekly MARKET, held every Monday, and it was revived about twelve years ago, for the sale of stock, &c., now exposed for sale (toll free) in the large yard at the Crown Inn. Here are also two annual FAIRS for cattle, on July 18th, and sheep, on Sept 30th. . . . The Church (St. Mary,) has a nave, chancel, north aisle, south porch, and a large square tower at the west end, containing eight bells, and having the crest of Norfolk upon the buttresses. The vicarage, valued in the King's Book at £5. 17s. 1d., and in 1831, at £250, is enjoyed by the Rev. Wm. Killett, B.A., with 10A. 3R. 26P. of glebe, and a small portion of the rectorial tithes, most of which are in the appropriation of the patron, the Bishop of Ely, but leased to Mrs. and Miss Pope and Charles Wright, Esq." [William White, History, Gazetteer, and Directory of Norfolk (1845) - Transcription copyright © Pat Newby]

Kenninghall is about 6 miles N.W. of Diss.

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Census

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Censuses

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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 Mary.
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Church History

Church of St Mary
Description and pictures.
Church of St Mary
Services, etc.
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Church Records

Marriages
These are not included in Boyd's Marriage Index or Phillimore's Marriage Registers.
Folland, Heywood Gerard Benson
Churchwardens' Accounts: Kenninghall parish small book.
[1960s]

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 1902 (and for the censuses of 1851 to 1901), Kenninghall was in Guiltcross Registration District.

This district was abolished on 1st April 1902 and, from then until 1930, Kenninghall was in Wayland Registration District for civil registration.

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Civil Registration

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Description and Travel

Kenninghall Banham Road Post Mill
Description and history.
Kenninghall Banham Road Smock Mill
Description, history and map.
Kenninghall Banham Road Tower Mill
Description, history and picture.
Kenninghall Chimney Post Mill
Description, history and picture.
Manning, Mary
Chimney Mill House, Kenninghall.
[Norwich, Norfolk Industrial Archaeology Society, in "Journal of the Norfolk Industrial Archaeology Society", vol.6, no.3, 1998]
Kenninghall Fersfield Road Tower Mill
Description and history.
Kenninghall Lopham Road Smock Mill
Description, history and map.
Kenninghall Mill Lane Post Mill
Description, history and pictures.
Kenninghall Mill Lane Tower Mill
Description, history and pictures.
Kenninghall Steam Mill
Description.

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Description and Travel

You can see pictures of Kenninghall which are provided by:

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Gazetteers

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

Click here for a list of nearby places.

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Historical Geography

Kenninghall is in Guiltcross Hundred.

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

You can see the administrative areas in which Kenninghall 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

Manning, Charles Robertson
Kenninghall.
[Norwich, Norfolk and Norwich Archaeological Society, in "Norfolk Archaeology", vol.7, 1872]
Serpell, Estelle
The story of Kenninghall: traffic, happenings and memories over the last thousand years.
[Kenninghall, 1999]
Serpell, Michael Friend
Kenninghall history and St Mary's Church.
[Attleborough, Breckland Print, 1980s]
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Land and Property

Howlett, Richard
The household accounts of Kenninghall Palace in the year 1525.
[Norwich, Norfolk and Norwich Archaeological Society, in "Norfolk Archaeology", vol.15, 1904]

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Land and Property

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Poor Houses, Poor Law etc.

After 1834 Kenninghall became part of the Guiltcross Union, and the workhouse was in this parish.

Guiltcross Union
Parishes in the union, their arrangements for the poor before 1834, etc.
Guiltcross Union and Workhouse
Description from White's Directory of Norfolk, 1845.
Guiltcross Union and Workhouse
Description and pictures.
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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 123 202 1052
1811 165 226 1102
1821 176 258 1273
1831 175 271 1251
1841 276 -- 1389
1851 292 -- 1648
Year   Inhabited
Houses
Families Population
1861 280 -- 1405
1871 279 280 1380
1881 253 266 1231
1891 244 245 1121
1901 237 238   976
1911 -- 233 1173

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.

1841 and 1851 Censuses
"The Return for Kenninghall Parish includes 112 persons in 1841, and 276 in 1851, in the Guiltcross Union Workhouse."
1861 Census
"GUILTCROSS. The decrease of population in most of the parishes of this District is attributed partly to the migration of labourers to towns and manufacturing districts. In some parishes it has also been consequent upon the failure of hand-loom hemp-cloth weaving."
1901 Census
"Including Dam Green, Edge Green, Kenninghall Heath, and Park Common."
1911 Census
"The large increase in the population of Kenninghall Civil Parish is attributed mainly to the opening, since 1901, of the Eastern Counties [text missing from photocopy]." This was probably the Eastern Counties Inebriate Reformatory, previously the Guiltcross workhouse.
1911 Census
Out of the population of 1173, 285 were in a large establishment or institution. This was probably the Eastern Counties Inebriate Reformatory.
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