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Pulham St Mary the Virgin

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"PULHAM ST. MARY THE VIRGIN is a large village on an acclivity, 3 miles N.W. of Harleston, and has in its parish 924 souls, and 2998A. 3R. 32P. of land. Robert Copeman, Esq., of Aylesham [sic], is lord of the manor, in which are many copyholds, subject to arbitrary fines. The large commons here and in Pulham St. Mary Magdalen, have been enclosed under an Act of Parliament, passed in 1838. The Church is a large antique fabric, with a lofty square tower, six bells, and a handsome porch in the florid Gothic style, ornamented with large figures of angels, &c. The stained glass in the east window was destroyed by a storm in 1818, when the south chancel window was also blown out. The rectory, with Pulham St. Mary Magdalen annexed to it, is valued in the King's Book at £33. 6s. 8d., and the tithes of the two parishes were commuted in 1837 for £1308 per annum. The glebe is 36A., with a good residence. The patronage is in the Crown, and the Rev. Wm. Leigh, M.A. is the incumbent." [William White, History, Gazetteer, and Directory of Norfolk (1845) - Transcription copyright © Pat Newby]

Pulham St Mary the Virgin is about 7 miles N.E. of Diss.
It is also known as Pulham St Mary.
See also Pulham Market (Pulham St Mary Magdalen).

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Church Directories

  • In 1883 the parish was in the Deanery of Redenhall, 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 Mary the Virgin.
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Church History

Church of St Mary the Virgin
Services, picture, etc.
Church of St Mary the Virgin
Description and pictures.
Church of St Mary the Virgin
Description and pictures.
Church of St Mary the Virgin
Services, etc.
Church of St Mary the Virgin
Pictures of the church.
Church of St Mary the Virgin
Picture of the church.
Huggins, John
The Church of Pulham St Mary the Virgin.
[1980s]
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Church Records

Campling, Arthur
Index of Baptisms: Pulham St Mary the Virgin, 1539-1754.
[Norwich Local Studies Library, Handwritten document, 1930s]
Campling, Arthur
Index of Marriages: Pulham St Mary the Virgin, 1539-1754.
[Norwich Local Studies Library, Handwritten document, 1930s]
Campling, Arthur
Index of Burials: Pulham St Mary the Virgin, 1540-1607.
[Norwich Local Studies Library, Handwritten document, 1930s]
Clutten, Hilary
Pulham St Mary Parish Registers: Burials 1813-1868, v.1.
[ISBN 0951880926, 1994]
Parish Register Transcripts
Baptisms 1813-1880
Marriages
These are included in Boyd's Marriage Index.
They are not included in Phillimore's Marriage Registers.

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), Pulham St Mary the Virgin was in Depwade Registration District.

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Civil Registration

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Description and Travel

Pennoyer Centre
School, parish, air station, etc.
Pulham St Mary Parish Council
Councillors, meetings, minutes, etc.
Pulham St Mary North Post Mill
Description and history.
Pulham St Mary South Post Mill
Description and history.
Pulham St Mary West Post Mill
Description and history.

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Description and Travel

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Gazetteers

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Historical Geography

Pulham St Mary the Virgin is in Earsham Hundred.

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

You can see the administrative areas in which Pulham St Mary the Virgin 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 and Property

Inclosure
See Pulham Market (Pulham St Mary Magdalen)
Kelly, Geoffrey Ian
Pulham St Mary King's Head Public House: a history.
[2006]

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Land and Property

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Poor Houses, Poor Law etc.

  • After 1834 Pulham St Mary the Virgin became part of the Depwade Union, and the workhouse was at Pulham Market (Pulham St Mary Magdalen).
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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
Families Population
1801 103 144 801
1811 106 144 787
1821 133 164 797
1831 167 178 831
1841 191 --- 924
1851 192 --- 918
Year   Inhabited
Houses
Families Population
1861 196 --- 863
1871 203 203 886
1881 194 200 822
1891 192 196 831
1901 182 182 784
1911 --- 179 738

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.

1841 and 1851 Censuses
"The Parishes of Pulham St. Mary Magdalen (or Pulham Market) and Pulham St. Mary the Virgin are ecclesiastically united. The Return for the former includes 130 persons in 1841, and 311 in 1851, in the Depwade Union Workhouse."
1901 Census
"Including Garlic Street, and North Green."
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Schools

Clutten, Hilary
School's Out: a history of Pennoyer's School and its benefactor William Pennoyer including some of the history of Pulham St Mary.
[ISBN 0951880918, 1996]
Cowcher, P.C.
The Chapel of the Gild of St James and Pennoyer's School.
[Norwich, Norfolk and Norwich Archaeological Society, in "Norfolk Archaeology", vol.30, 1952]
Heywood, Stephen
Pennoyer's School, Pulham St Mary, Norfolk, the architectural and historic importance of the medieval guild chapel of St James.
[Norwich, Norfolk County Council, 1997]
Pennoyer Scholarships
History, description, etc.
This is a link to an archived copy.
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