Shouldham Thorpe


"SHOULDHAM-THORPE, anciently called Garbois-Thorpe, is a scattered village, on rising ground, nearly 5 miles N.E. of Downham, having in its parish 314 inhabitants, and 1,340 acres of land, of which Sir Thomas Hare is chief owner, and lord of the manor; and the rest belongs to Wm. Bagge, Esq., Mrs. Allen, and a few smaller owners. About a mile N. of the village, is the small manor of FODDERSTON, or Foston Gap, anciently a separate parish, belonging to the abbot of Ely, but now the property of the Dean and Chapter of Ely, and leased to Sir Thomas Hare, together with the tithes; but he is impropriator of the tithes of Shouldham-Thorpe, where the CHURCH, (Virgin Mary,) has a nave and chancel, . . . The living is a curacy, consolidated with that of Shouldham. " [William White History, Gazetteer, and Directory of Norfolk (1845) - Transcription copyright © Pat Newby]


Church Directories

  • In 1883 the parish was in the Deanery of Fincham, 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 the Virgin Mary.

Civil Registration

For the civil registration of births, marriages and deaths between 1837 and 1930 (and for the censuses from 1851 to 1901), Shouldham Thorpe was in Downham Registration District.

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Historical Geography

Shouldham Thorpe is in Clackclose Hundred.

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

You can see the administrative areas in which Shouldham Thorpe has been placed at times in the past. Select one to see a link to a map of that particular area.


Land & Property

Commissioners Appointed for Inclosing Lands
Shouldham and Shouldham-Thorpe Inclosure: schedule of the public allotments, public, private and bridle roads, footpaths, drain, fences, rules, orders, etc.
[Lynn Regis (King's Lynn), Printed by R. Marshall, 1798]

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Poor Houses, Poor Law