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"PENTNEY is a large straggling village, in a low marshy situation, on the north side of the river Nar, 9 miles S.E. by E. of Lynn, and 6½ miles N.W. by W. of Swaffham. Its parish contains 592 inhabitants, and 2,534 acres of enclosed land, with a hungry, gravelly soil, extending about five miles in length and one in breadth, on the north side of the vale of the Nar, The Rev. Dr. Thackeray, of Cambridge, is lord of the manor, and owner of one-fourth of the soil; the rest belongs to a number of small copyholders and leaseholders, subject to small certain fines. . . . The CHURCH, (St. Mary Magdalen,) stands at the west end of the village, and is a curacy, certified at £20, and valued in 1831 at £60, being augmented from 1761 to 1816, with £800 of Queen Anne's bounty, laid out in 28 acres of land. The Rev. Robert Hankinson, of Walpole, is patron, and the Rev. Samuel Pearson, incumbent." [William White, History, Gazetteer, and Directory of Norfolk (1845) - Transcription copyright © Pat Newby]

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Church Directories

  • In 1883 the parish was in the Deanery of Lynn Norfolk, in the archdeaconry of Norwich.
  • The parish church is dedicated to St Mary Magdalene.
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Church History

Church of St Mary Magdalene
Minister, services, description, picture, etc.
Pentney Abbey
Description, history and pictures.
Pentney Priory
Description and history.
De Bootman, Michael
Pentney Abbey, 1075-1534.
[1980s]
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Church Records

Parish Register Transcripts
Baptisms, Banns, Marriages and Burials.
Marriages 1731-1837
See Phillimore's Marriage Registers, Volume 10.
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), Pentney was in Freebridge Lynn Registration District.

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Description & Travel

Pentney
Description, history, maps, Pentney Abbey, Church of St Mary Magdalene, census, local people, etc.
Pentney Smock Mill
Description and history.
Pentney Water Mill
Description, history and pictures.

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Gazetteers

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Historical Geography

Pentney is in Freebridge Lynn hundred.

You can see the administrative areas in which Pentney 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

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Maps

and nearby places.

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You can see maps centred on OS grid reference TF724139 (Lat/Lon: 52.695269, 0.549058), Pentney 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  4953285
1811  4561269
1821  8285418
1831  8588480
1841105--592
1851121--624
Year  Inhabited
Houses
FamiliesPopulation
1861131---642
1871127127587
1881117117534
1891119119498
1901107107387
1911---109406

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.