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"SHELFANGER, 2½ miles N. of Diss, has in its parish 445 souls, and 1637 acres of land. The Duke of Norfolk owns part of the soil, and is lord of the manor (fines arbitrary,) and patron of the rectory, valued in the King's Book at £17, and in 1831, at £455. It is now enjoyed by the Rev. T.B. Morris, with 30A. of glebe. The Church (All Saints,) has a square tower and four bells. Here is a Baptist Chapel, built in 1821. " [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 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 All Saints.
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Church History

Church of All Saints
Description and picture.
Church of All Saints
Description and pictures.
Church of All Saints
Services, etc.
 
Baptist Chapel
Description.
 
Methodist Church
Description.
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Church Records

Parish Register Transcripts
Baptisms 1813-1880
Down, Jonathan; and Farrow, Charles W.
The Parish Registers of Norfolk, no.25: Shelfanger: 1686-1837.
[Norwich, Norfolk and Norwich Genealogical Society, 1988]
Parish Register Transcripts
Marriages 1687-1699,1729-1837.
[Parish Register Transcription Society, Miscellaneous Series of IHGS Parish Registers, 2000?]
Marriages
These are included in Boyd's Marriage Index.
They are not included in Phillimore's Marriage Registers.
 
Bodle, A.N.; and Palgrave-Moore, Patrick
Norfolk Nonconformist Registers no.4: Shelfanger Particular Baptist Chapel: Births 1795-1837.
[Norwich, Norfolk and Norwich Genealogical Society, 1987]

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 1902 (and for the censuses of 1851 to 1901), Shelfanger was in Guiltcross Registration District.

This district was abolished on 1st April 1902 and, from then until 1930, Shelfanger was in Depwade Registration District for civil registration.

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Civil Registration

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Description & Travel

Shelfanger Village Pages
Description, events, history, churches, pictures, etc.
Shelfanger Women's Institute
Shelfanger: a Norfolk village past and present.
[Shelfanger, Shelfanger Women's Institute, 1984]

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Description and Travel

You can see pictures of Shelfanger which are provided by:

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Gazetteers

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Historical Geography

Shelfanger is in Diss Hundred.

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

You can see the administrative areas in which Shelfanger 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 TM107839 (Lat/Lon: 52.412106, 1.097257), Shelfanger 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
18014272382
18114773398
18215279440
18315792435
184185--445
185194--424
Year  Inhabited
Houses
FamiliesPopulation
186182--370
187191100392
188185  96341
189180  80308
190172  72307
1911--  82360

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.

1821 Census
"One male upwards of 100 years of age at Shelfanger."
1861 Census
"GUILTCROSS. The decrease of population in most of the parishes of this District is attributed partly to the migration of labourers to towns and manufacturing districts. In some parishes it has also been consequent upon the failure of hand-loom hemp-cloth weaving."
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Schools

Village School
Description, history and picture.