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Morton on the Hill

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"MORTON-ON-THE-HILL, 8 miles N.W. of Norwich, on the southern acclivity of the vale of the Wensum, has in its parish 165 souls and 976 acres of land, belonging to Thos. Trench Berney, Esq., of Morton Hall, which was considerably enlarged about ten years ago. He is also lord of the manor, and patron of the Church (St. Margaret,) which stands on a commanding eminence. The living is a discharged rectory, valued in the King's Book at £3. 14s. 7d., and has 2A. 3R. 24P. of glebe, and a yearly rent of £180, awarded in 1840, in lieu of tithes. The Rev. C.R. Fanshawe (now in sequestration) is the incumbent. The Rev. Robt. C. Grice, an elegant Greek and Latin scholar, was rector here from 1753 till 1790." [William White, History, Gazetteer, and Directory of Norfolk (1845) - Transcription copyright © Jayne Cole]

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Morton on the Hill is also known as Morton.
See also Morston.

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Cemeteries

Mid-Norfolk Family History Society
Memorial Inscriptions of the Church and Churchyard of St Margaret, Morton-on-the-Hill.
[Dereham, Mid-Norfolk Family History Society, 2010]

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Cemeteries

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Church Directories

  • In 1883 the parish was in the Deanery of Sparham, in the archdeaconry of Norwich.
    It could have been in a different deanery or archdeaconry both before and after this date.
  • The parish church is dedicated to St Margaret.
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Church History

Wortley, John Dixon
The parishes and churches of Attlebridge and Morton-on-the-Hill.
[Norwich, Goose, 1925]
Church of St Margaret
Description and picture.
Church of St Margaret
Description and pictures.
Church of St Margaret
History, etc.
Church of St Margaret
Pictures of the church.
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Church Records

Marriages
These are not included in Boyd's Marriage Index or Phillimore's Marriage Registers.

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 1930 (and for the censuses from 1851 to 1901), Morton on the Hill was in St Faith's Registration District.

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Civil Registration

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Gazetteers

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Historical Geography

Morton on the Hill is in Eynsford Hundred.

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

You can see the administrative areas in which Morton 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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Land & Property

Scott, Mike; and Scott, Susy
History of Whitehorse Farmhouse, Morton-On-The-Hill.
[2012]
Inclosure
See Hockering

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Land and Property

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Maps

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference TG122173 (Lat/Lon: 52.711495, 1.140174), Morton 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
18012225125
18111927121
18211628153
18312829169
184128--165
185127--145
Year  Inhabited
Houses
FamiliesPopulation
186129--149
18712929135
18812828143
18912830117
19012727  99
1911--27103

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
"ST. FAITHS. The decrease of population in most of the parishes comprised in the District of St. Faiths is attributed to the migration of labourers and their families to the manufacturing districts."