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Stoke Holy Cross

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"STOKE-HOLY-CROSS, on the east side of the river Tas, nearly 5 miles S. of Norwich, has in its parish 453 souls, and 1,603 acres of land. Sir R.J. Harvey, H. Birkbeck, Esq., and R.K. Long, Esq., own most of the soil. The Dean and Chapter of Norwich are appropriators of the great tithes, (leased to Sir R.J. Harvey,) and patrons of the vicarage, which was valued in 1831 at £162, and is now enjoyed by the Rev. John Bailey, M.A., for whom a handsome new Parsonage-house has recently been erected. The CHURCH stands on an eminence, . . . Here is a Baptist Chapel, built by Messrs. J. and J. Colman, who also support an Infant School. Here are also two church schools.  . . .  Petty Sessions are held at the Rummer Inn" [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 Brooke, 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 Holy Trinity.
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Description & Travel

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Gazetteers

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Historical Geography

Stoke Holy Cross 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

You can see the administrative areas in which Stoke Holy Cross 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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History

Ranson, Michael
Stoke Holy Cross, a history.
[1996]
Smith, Arthur Carlton
Tapestry of Stoke.
[Norwich, Printed by W.H. Hutchins & Sons, 1977]
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Land & Property

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Maps

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference TG235016 (Lat/Lon: 52.566438, 1.296042), Stoke Holy Cross which are provided by:

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Poor Houses, Poor Law

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Population

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
Houses
FamiliesPopulation
18014649224
18114850228
18215555303
18316668350
184186--453
185189--451
Year  Inhabited
Houses
FamiliesPopulation
186196--446
18718690421
18818788414
18918484394
19019595400
1911--95424

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.

1901: Including Upper Stoke.

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Schools

Stoke Holy Cross School
Gleanings from the log book, 1876-1976.
[Stoke Holy Cross, The School, 1976]