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Shernborne

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"SHERNBOURNE, or Sharnbourne, a small village in a deep valley, near the source of the Ingold rivulet, 11½ miles N.E. by N. of Lynn, has in its parish 133 inhabitants, and 1,221 acres of land, in two farms, one belonging to Henry Coldham, Esq., and the other, with the ancient hall, to the Masters and Fellows of Emanuel College, Cambridge, who are also lords of the manor, which, for six centuries, was possessed by an ancient family of its own name, the last of whom was Francis Sharnborne, Esq., . . . The CHURCH (St. Peter,) is said to be the second Christian church founded in East Anglia, by Felix the Burgundian, who came over to convert the Anglo Saxons, and is said to have founded the first church at Babingley, where he landed. . . . The vicarage, valued in the King's Book at £8, and in 1831 at £69, has 65A. of glebe, and is now enjoyed by the Rev. Wm. Leech, M.A. The advowson belongs to the Bishop of Ely, and Hy. Coldham, Esq., the latter having one, and the former two turns, together with the appropriation of the tithes, which were commuted for allotments at the enclosure, in 1767, when 14 acres were allotted to the poor for fuel. " [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 Heacham, 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 Peter.
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Church Records

Marriages 1755-1838
See Phillimore's Marriage Registers, Volume 12.
Marriages
These are included in Boyd's Marriage Index.

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), Shernborne was in Docking Registration District.

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Gazetteers

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Historical Geography

Shernborne is in Smithdon Hundred.

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

You can see the administrative areas in which Shernborne 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

Great Britain: Statute
Shernborne Inclosure Act, 1767.
An act for dividing, allotting and inclosing the whole year lands and pasture ground, half year inclosures, common fields, and common or heath ground, in the parish of Sherborn, in the county of Norfolk.
[1767]

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Maps

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference TF714325 (Lat/Lon: 52.862446, 0.544766), Shernborne which are provided by:

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Military Records

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Poor Houses, Poor Law

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Schools

Shernborne School
Shernbourne Board School Log Books, 1893-1924.
[Photocopy in Norwich Local Studies Library]
Shernborne School
Shernbourne Mixed School Log Books, 1924-1966.
[Photocopy in Norwich Local Studies Library]