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Pensthorpe

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"PENSTHORPE parish, 2 miles E. of Fakenham, is in Walsingham union, Gallow hundred and petty sessional division, Fakenham county court district, Norwich bankruptcy district, Fakenham polling district of West Norfolk, Burnham rural deanery, and Norfolk archdeaconry. It had 20 inhabitants in 1881, living on 753 acres, and has a rateable value of £836. The parish is in one farm, belonging to the trustees of the late Rev. R. Hamond, and occupied by Washington Hamond. The Church was desecrated many years ago, and its remains now form a cattle shed. The rectory, valued in the King's Book at £10, and now at £170, is in the gift of certain trustees, and in the incumbency of the Rev. Samuel Dendy of Lattiford House, Wincanton, Somerset." [William White, History, Gazetteer, and Directory of Norfolk (1883) - Transcription copyright © Pat Newby]

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Church Directories

  • In 1883 the parish was in the Deanery of Burnham, in the archdeaconry of Norfolk.
    It could have been in a different deanery or archdeaconry both before and after this date.
  • Blomefield, in the "Topographical History of the County of Norfolk", says "There was no church here in 1633". He does not give the dedication.
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Church Records

Marriages
These are not included in Boyd's Marriage Index or 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), Pensthorpe was in Walsingham Registration District.

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Civil Registration

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Gazetteers

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Historical Geography

Pensthorpe is in Gallow Hundred.

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

You can see the administrative areas in which Pensthorpe 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

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference TF950298 (Lat/Lon: 52.829995, 0.893752), Pensthorpe 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
1801----17
18111214
18214426
18311630
18413--19
18512--11
Year  Inhabited
Houses
FamiliesPopulation
18612--12
18712513
18813320
18917747
19018842
1911--837

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.

1831 Census
The number of "Inhabited Houses" really was given as 1.