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Narford

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"NARFORD is a parish and village, nearly a mile east of the above [ie Narborough], and on the same side of the river Nar, 5 miles N.W. of Swaffham. It has 113 inhabitants, and about 1872 acres of land, all the property of Andrew Fountaine, Esq., of NARFORD HALL, a handsome brick mansion, with a well-wooded lawn and pleasure grounds, built by Sir Andrew Fountaine. . . . The CHURCH (Virgin Mary) has three bells, and a square tower, on which Sir A. Fountaine erected a wooden spire. The living is a discharged vicarage, valued in the King's Book at £6. 13s. 4d. It is in the patronage of the Bishop of Ely, and has been enjoyed since 1790, with that of Narborough, by the Rev. Wm. Allen, M.A., as noticed above [i.e. under Narborough]. The Bishop of Ely owns the rectorial tithes, now held on lease by the Rev. E.B. Sparke, of Feltwell. A chapel, dedicated to St. Thomas-a-Becket, formerly stood on the hill, opposite Westacre Priory, to which it was granted by Edward IV." [William White, History, Gazetteer, and Directory of Norfolk (1845) - Transcription copyright © Paddy Apling]

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See also Narborough.

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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 the Virgin Mary.
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Church History

Church of St Mary
Services, minister, description, picture, etc.
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Church Records

Marriages 1559-1812
See Phillimore's Marriage Registers, Volume 2.
Marriages
These are included in Boyd's Marriage Index.

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), Narford was in Swaffham Registration District.

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Civil Registration

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Gazetteers

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Historical Geography

Narford is in South Greenhoe hundred.

You can see the administrative areas in which Narford 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

Davison, Alan J.
The desertion of Narford: a reassessment of the evidence.
[Norwich, Norfolk Archaeological and Historical Research Group, in "Bulletin of the Norfolk Archaeological and Historical Research Group", no.1, 1992]
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Maps

and nearby places.

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Maps

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference TF765138 (Lat/Lon: 52.692772, 0.610512), Narford 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
1801  5  9  71
1811  916101
18212123129
18311923103
184121--113
185120--116
Year  Inhabited
Houses
FamiliesPopulation
186123--123
18712727134
18812933141
18913030158
19012727119
1911--27  99

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.