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"MIDDLETON is a pleasant village on an elevated part of the Swaffham road, 4 miles S.S.E. of Lynn. Its parish comprises the scattered hamlets of Fair-green, Tower-end, Blackborough-end, and Hollow-end, and contains 867 inhabitants, and about 3,000 acres of land, rising boldly from picturesque vales of the Esk rivulet on the north, and the river Nar on the south. It is well enclosed and drained, (partly under acts passed in 1814 and '15,) and has in one part a quarry of fine large car-stone. Thomas Wythe, Esq., of Middleton Cottage, near Fair-green, owns the greater part of the soil, and is lord of the Manor of Middleton, in which are many copyholds, subject to arbitrary fines. He is also lessee lord of the Bishop of Norwich's Manor of Blackborough . . . . The CHURCH, (Virgin Mary,) has a square tower with one bell, and in its windows are some fragments of the arms of Lord Scales, in stained glass. The living is a vicarage, valued in the King's Book at £7, and now possessing about 12 acres of glebe. The Very Rev. Peter Scrimshire Wood, LL.D., Dean of Middleton [sic, see note below], in Yorkshire, is patron and incumbent." [William White, History, Gazetteer, and Directory of Norfolk (1845) - Transcription copyright © Pat Newby]

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Church Directories

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

Church of the Virgin Mary
Description, minister, services, etc.
Methodist Church at Blackborough End
Description and pictures.
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Church Records

Parish Register Transcripts
Baptisms.
Marriages 1560-1839
See Phillimore's Marriage Registers, Volume 10.
Marriages
These are included in Boyd's Marriage Index.

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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), Middleton was in Freebridge Lynn Registration District.

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Description & Travel

Middleton Blackborough End Tower Mill
Description, history and pictures.
Middleton East Winch Road Post Mill
Description, history and map.
Middleton Mill Farm North Post Mill
Description, history and map.
Middleton Mill Farm South Post Mill
Description, history and map.

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Gazetteers

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Historical Geography

Middleton is in Freebridge Lynn hundred.

You can see the administrative areas in which Middleton 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

Yates, E.M.
The Dispute of the Salt Fen.
(Thomas Thoresby, 16th century).
[Norwich, Norfolk and Norwich Archaeological Society, in "Norfolk Archaeology", vol.38, 1983]
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Land & Property

Middleton Castle
Picture, description and map.
Middleton Towers
Picture, description and map.
Steer, Francis William
Middleton Tower, Norfolk: the home of Mr and Mrs T.H. Barclay: a guide and short history.
[Chichester, Moore and Tillyer, 1961]
Great Britain: Statute
Middleton Inclosure Act, 1814.
An act for inclosing lands in the parish of Middleton, in the county of Norfolk: 18th May 1814.
[London, George Eyre and Andrew Strahan, 1814]
Drainage
See East Winch.

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Maps

 
and nearby places.

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You can see maps centred on OS grid reference TF663161 (Lat/Lon: 52.717111, 0.460138), Middleton 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  51  93467
1811  55108569
1821128131665
1831129134681
1841169--867
1851186--932
Year  Inhabited
Houses
FamiliesPopulation
1861190--894
1871199207935
1881200205879
1891191192882
1901190190809
1911--199797

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.

1901 Census
"Including Blackborough End, Fair Green, and Tower End."