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Oxborough

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"OXBOROUGH, or Oxburgh, is an ancient village, on the banks of a rivulet, 3 miles N.E. of Stoke Ferry, and 6½ miles S.W. of Swaffham, comprising in its parish 316 inhabitants and about 2317 acres, all the property of Sir H.R.P. Bedingfeld, Bart., of Oxbrough Hall [sic], which is encompassed by a moat, 52 feet broad, and 10 feet deep, and is one of the most perfect specimens of ancient castellated mansions in the kingdom . . . . The parish CHURCH (St. John the Evangelist) is a large Gothic structure, with five bells and a square tower, surmounted by a lofty octangular spire, rising to the height of 156 feet. It is supposed to have been founded about the reign of Edward I. . . . The living is a discharged rectory, valued in the King's Book at £8. 6s. 8d.; and in 1831, at £516, with Foulden vicarage annexed to it, in the patronage of Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge, and incumbency of the Rev. Rd. Lucas, M.A." [William White, History, Gazetteer, and Directory of Norfolk (1845) - Transcription copyright © Paddy Apling]

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The name of the hall is often found as Oxburgh Hall, at Oxborough.

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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 St John the Evangelist.
    There is also a Roman Catholic chapel at Oxburgh Hall, dedicated to St Margaret and Our Lady.
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Church History

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Church Records

Archdeacons' Transcripts or Bishop's Transcripts
Baptisms, Marriages and Burials.
Marriages
These are included in Boyd's Marriage Index.
They are not included in Phillimore's Marriage Registers.

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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), Oxborough was in Swaffham Registration District.

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Description & Travel

Oxborough Messenger
News, events, parish council, organisations, history, pictures, etc.
Oxborough Water Mill
Description and history.

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You can see pictures of Oxborough which are provided by:

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Gazetteers

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Historical Geography

Oxborough is in South Greenhoe hundred.

You can see the administrative areas in which Oxborough 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

Oxburgh Hall
Description, picture and map.
No author
Look at Oxburgh Hall.
[ISBN 0863841783, Bessacarr Prints, 1989]
Bedingfeld, Henry
Oxburgh Hall, Norfolk: the first 500 years.
[Norwich, Jarrold (for the National Trust), 1982]
M'Gill, G.H.
Oxburgh Hall.
[Norwich, Norfolk and Norwich Archaeological Society, in "Norfolk Archaeology", vol.4, 1855]
Menuge, Adam
Oxburgh Hall, Oxborough, Norfolk: a survey and investigation of the moated house.
[English Heritage, 2006]
National Trust
Oxburgh Hall, Norfolk.
[National Trust, various dates]

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Maps

and nearby places.

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You can see maps centred on OS grid reference TF744014 (Lat/Lon: 52.582817, 0.572404), Oxborough which are provided by:

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Military Records

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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
18013156296
18115467290
18215463320
18317578427
184164--316
185158--293
Year  Inhabited
Houses
FamiliesPopulation
186151--225
18715663234
18815158228
18915858222
19015252188
1911--52214

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
"The decrease of population in Oxborough parish is attributed to the removal of cottages."