Sporle with Palgrave


"SPORLE-WITH-PALGRAVE, the former a long village of detached houses, and the latter a small hamlet, are distant 1½ mile from each other, and 2½ miles N.E. by N. of Swaffham. They form one parish, containing 773 inhabitants, and about 4,153 acres of land, a great part of which, with the manor, belongs to St. Catherine's Hospital, London. There was a PRIORY at Sporle, founded in the time of Edward I., as a cell to the monastery of St. Florence, in Anjou, but it was dissolved, with other alien priories, in 1420, and afterwards granted to Eton College, with which are vested the appropriation of the tithes and the advowson of the vicarage, valued in the King's Book at £10.3s.6d., and in 1831, at £181, with the rectory of Palgrave annexed to it. . . . The CHURCH (Virgin Mary,) is a lofty and spacious building, . . . There was anciently a church at Palgrave, where Mr. T. Matthews, has a neat Elizabethan mansion, erected in 1844. Sir Matthew Holworthy, at some date unknown, left £600 to purchase land, the rents to be paid to the vicar . . . This land is now let for £80 a year. The same donor also left 10A.2R.22P., for schooling poor children, and it is now let for £10.  . . . Here is a National School, and Baptist and Primitive Methodist Chapels." [William White History, Gazetteer, and Directory of Norfolk (1845) - Transcription copyright © Paddy Apling]


Church Directories

  • In 1883 the parish was in the Deanery of Cranwich, in the archdeaconry of Norfolk.
  • The parish church is dedicated to the Virgin Mary.

Church History

Church of the Virgin Mary
Description and pictures.
Church of the Virgin Mary
Minister, location, etc.
Church of the Virgin Mary
Wall paintings of the life of St Catherine of Alexandria.
Osborne, I.F.
The Early History of Sporle Priory, St Mary's Church and the St Catherine Mural.
Reprint of a series of articles from Sporle Parish Magazine.
[Sporle, The Church, 1995]
Winter, C.J.W.
Discovery of a Mural Painting in the Church at Sporle, Norfolk.
[Norwich, Norfolk and Norwich Archaeological Society, in "Norfolk Archaeology", vol.7, 1872]
Methodist Church
Minister, services, picture, etc.
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Church Records

Archdeacons' Transcripts or Bishop's Transcripts
Baptisms, Marriages and Burials.
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), Sporle with Palgrave was in Swaffham Registration District.

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Civil Registration


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Historical Geography

Sporle with Palgrave is in South Greenhoe hundred.

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Poor Houses, Poor Law