"OUTWELL is a long village, adjoining Upwell, 5 miles S.E. of Wisbech, and 7½ miles W. by N. of Downham, lying on both sides of the river Nene, near its junction with the Well Creek and Welney, being partly in the Isle of Ely, Cambridgeshire. The parish contains 3,180 acres of land, and 1,250 inhabitants, of which, 432 souls, and 430 acres are in Wisbech Hundred, Cambridgeshire, and form a separate township. . . . The soil belongs to a number of proprietors, the largest of whom is R.G. Townley, Esq.; and the whole lies in his manor of Beaupre Hall, an ancient mansion, occupied by the Rev. W.G. Townley, and having its name from the Beaupre family . . . of whom there are some handsome monuments in the CHURCH, (St. Clement,) which stands in Norfolk, on a tongue of land between the river and the Well Creek, and is a large ancient edifice, with a square tower and six bells. It has several figures of saints, &c., painted in its windows, and formerly had five chapels, of which three are thrown open into the church. The rectory, valued in the King's Book at £16, and in 1831 at £420, is in the patronage of the Bishop of Ely, and incumbency of the Rev. John Johnson, M.A." [William White, History, Gazetteer, and Directory of Norfolk (1845) - Transcription copyright © Pat Newby]


Church Directories

  • In 1883 the parish was in the Deanery of Fincham, 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 Clement.

Civil Registration

For the civil registration of births, marriages and deaths between 1837 and 1930 (and for the censuses from 1851 to 1901), Outwell was in Wisbech Registration District.

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Civil Registration

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Historical Geography

Outwell is in Clackclose Hundred.

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

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Poor Houses, Poor Law

  • After 1834 Outwell became part of the Wisbech Union, and the workhouse was at Wisbech in Cambridgeshire.