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Shotesham St Mary

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"SHOTTESHAM, (LOW) 5 miles S. of Norwich, comprises the consolidated parishes of Shottesham St. Mary, St. Martin, and St. Botolph, and has 408 inhabitants, and 1,615 acres of land, exclusive of about 400A. in SHOTTESHAM PARK, the beautiful seat of Robt. Fellowes, Esq., lord of the manor, and owner of the soil. The park is well wooded, and extends down to the river Tas. The house is a handsome modern structure, built on the site of the ancient hall, which was long a seat of the D'Oyley family. St. Mary's Church is a small edifice, in good repair; but St. Martin's and St. Botolph's have been in ruins several centuries. Their benefices were consolidated with Shottesham All Saints soon after the Reformation, . . . Upwards of 1,000 acres were enclosed in 1781. " [William White History, Gazetteer, and Directory of Norfolk (1845) - Transcription copyright © Pat Newby]

Shotesham St Mary is also known as Low Shotesham and Shottesham.
See also Shotesham All Saints.


Church Directories

  • In 1883 the parish was in the Deanery of Brooke, in the archdeaconry of Norfolk.
    It could have been in a different deanery or archdeaconry both before and after this date.
  • There were three parish churches, dedicated to St Mary, St Botolph, and St Martin. The latter two are in ruins.

Civil Registration

For the civil registration of births, marriages and deaths between 1837 and 1930 (and for the censuses from 1851 to 1901), Shotesham St Mary was in Henstead Registration District.

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Civil Registration


Description and Travel

Shotesham Mill
Description and pictures.

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Historical Geography

Shotesham St Mary is in Henstead Hundred.

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

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