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Norfolk: Riddlesworth with Gasthorpe

Population: 1811 and 1821

This Norfolk Record Office document [with the reference PD528/24 and MF 1400/30] contains the 1811 and 1821 population statistics and also some for later dates. They are to be found on the flyleaf before the Baptisms for 1813-1995 of the Parish Register for "Riddlesworth with Gasthorpe" (see Note 2). It contains only statistics ie. no names.

Population years available

1811 Riddlesworth Gasthorpe
1821 Riddlesworth Gasthorpe

[Transcription copyright © Mike Bristow]

The document contains the following information:-

An Account of the Parish of Riddlesworth May 27th 1811

Houses   3
Single Cottages   3 Males   32
Double Cottages   3 Females   41

Totals   9   73


Only five persons were included at the Hall, the family being in London (see Note 1).

An Account of the Parish of Gasthorpe May 27th 1811

Houses   1
Single Cottages   4
Double Cottages   2 Males   34
Buildings containing
4 Families each
  2 Females   55

Totals   9   89



An Account of the Parish of Riddlesworth May 1821

Houses   3
Single Cottages   2 Males   42
Double Cottages   4 Females   44

Totals   9   86


In this Account 17 Persons were living at the Hall.

An Account of the Parish of Gasthorpe May 1821

Houses   1
Single Cottages   4 Males     52
Double Cottages   2 Females     60
Buildings containing
4 Families each

Totals   9   112


[End of Document]


  • 1. Thomas THORNHILL Esq. moved into Riddlesworth Hall by April 1810 and owned it until 1844. (Land Tax records). John Thorisby BIRD was the Rector from 1815 until 1839.
  • 2. Although Gasthorpe's Church was ruinous (it was last used for Baptisms and Marriages in 1739) its graveyard was still used into the 1800's. Parishioners mostly used Riddlesworth and some entries in the registers from the 1780's state that the person was of Gasthorpe and some say that burial took place there.
    The following are extracted from the "Riddlesworth with Gasthorpe" Parish Registers (Entry nos in "[]"):-
    • [42] John son of John & Sarah (nee WALKER) WOODS of Riddlesworth - Footman to T Thornhill Esq. 7th June 1819.
    • All the following are servants to T Thornhill
    • [49] 14th Jan 1821 - Francis CROWTHER - Footman
    • [51] 28th Apr 1821 - William LAWRENCE - Gardener
    • [56] 4th Mar 1822 - Michael GREEN - Under Game Keeper
    • [67] 7th Oct 1823 - Michael WILCOX - Coachman
    • [78] 18th Jul 1825 - William EVANS - Cook
    • There are entries for 2 other Servants, a Butler and other names against occupations above.
    • [88] Thomas THORNHILL Esqr Riddlesworth Hall - 49 Berkeley Square [London] - buried 5th June 1844 aged 63 years.

See also the Riddlesworth and Gasthorpe parish pages and the main Population page

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May 2016