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"NARBOROUGH, or Narburgh, 10 miles E.S.E. of Lynn, and 5 miles N.W. by W. of Swaffham, is an ancient village, with several neat houses, pleasantly seated on the south-side of the river Nar, which is navigable for small craft from Lynn, and has here a water-mill and a wharf, where much business is transacted in coal, timber, corn, malt, &c., by Messrs. Marriott. The parish contains 360 inhabitants, and about 3512 acres of land, half of which is cultivated heath extending southward to that of Swaffham. The principal owner of the soil and lord of the manor is Samuel Tyssen, Esq., owner of NARBOROUGH HALL, an ancient mansion of brick and stone, formerly encompassed by a moat, and built in the reign of Henry VIII., by Judge Spelman. . . . The manor was anciently held by a family of its own name, from which it passed to the Spelmans, and from them to the Dashwoods. The CHURCH (All Saints) has a square embattled tower, and formerly had a spire, which was taken down in 1679. It is an ancient fabric, containing several monuments and fine brasses to the Spelman family. The vicarage, valued in the King's Book at £9.10s., is endowed with the rectorial tithes, and since 1799, has been held with Narford, by the Rev. Wm. Allen, M.A. The Rev. Henry Spelman Marriott is patron, and the annual value of the joint benefices was £521 in 1831." [William White, History, Gazetteer, and Directory of Norfolk (1845) - Transcription copyright © Paddy Apling]

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Cemeteries

Church of All Saints
Monuments in the church.

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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 All Saints.
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Church History

Church of All Saints
Description and pictures.
Church of All Saints
Services, minister, description, picture, etc.
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Church Records

Marriages 1558-1812
See Phillimore's Marriage Registers, Volume 1.
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), Narborough was in Swaffham Registration District.

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Description & Travel

Narborough History Society
Description, history, aerodrome, etc.
Narborough Local History Society; (David Turner, editor)
The Book of Narborough.
[ISBN 1841143405, Halsgrove Community History Series, 2004]
Narborough Local History Society
Narborough: A Village Portrait: 1875-1925.
[Narborough, Narborough Local History Society, 1991]
Turner, David E.
A History of Narborough: Part 1, Early settlement.
[Narborough, 1981]
Turner, David E.
A History of Narborough: Part 2, The manor and the church.
[Narborough, 1982]
Turner, David E.
A History of Narborough: Part 3, Barges to biplanes.
[Narborough, 1987]
Narborough Water Mill
Description, history and pictures.
Beaumont, Tony
Narborough Mill.
[Norwich, Norfolk Industrial Archaeology Society, in "Journal of the Norfolk Industrial Archaeology Society", vol.II, no.2, 1977]
Narborough Bone Mill
Description, history and pictures.
Turner, David E.
Narborough Bone Mill.
[Norwich, Norfolk Industrial Archaeology Society, in "Journal of the Norfolk Industrial Archaeology Society", vol.III, no.1, 1981]

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Gazetteers

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Historical Geography

Narborough is in South Greenhoe hundred.

You can see the administrative areas in which Narborough 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

and nearby places.

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You can see maps centred on OS grid reference TF746132 (Lat/Lon: 52.688142, 0.581244), Narborough which are provided by:

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Military Records

Roll of Honour
World War 1.
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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
18011944268
18112253290
18215061294
18315474300
184161--360
185174--375
Year  Inhabited
Houses
FamiliesPopulation
186178--387
18718689431
18818894435
18919393427
19019292368
1911--90336

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.