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"SNAREHILL, one mile E. of Thetford, though united with Rushford parish, is an extra-parochial estate, containing 28 inhabitants, and anciently in two hamlets, called Great and Little Snarehill, the former comprising 1,666 acres of heath, and the latter 380 acres, on which is Snarehill House, the seat of H.C. Partridge, Esq., the owner of the estate, which lately belonged to Thos. Redhead, Esq. . . . . " [William White History, Gazetteer, and Directory of Norfolk (1845) - Transcription copyright © Pat Newby]

The name may also be spelled Snareshill.
It was formerly part of Rushford, and became a parish in about 1860.
See also Rushford.


Church Directories

  • In 1883 the parish was in the Deanery of Rockland, in the archdeaconry of Norfolk.
    It could have been in a different deanery or archdeaconry both before and after this date.
  • There is no parish church.

Church Records

These are not included in Boyd's Marriage Index or Phillimore's Marriage Registers.

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Church Records


Civil Registration

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

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Civil Registration


Description and Travel

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Historical Geography

Snarehill is in Guiltcross Hundred.

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

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Poor Houses, Poor Law etc.



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
Families Population
1801 -- -- --
1811 -- -- --
1821 -- -- --
1831 -- -- --
1841   4 -- 28
1851   5 -- 28
Year   Inhabited
Families Population
1861   5 -- 46
1871   6   6 25
1881   9 11 52
1891 12 12 54
1901 11 11 56
1911 -- 11 46

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.

1841 Census
"The population of Snarehill was probably returned with that of Rushford prior to 1841."
1861 Census
"Great and Little Snarehill and Rymer, formerly extra-parochial, are now parishes for the purposes of Act 20 Vict.c.19." (Rymer is in Suffolk).