Stow Bardolph


"STOW-BARDOLPH, a small pleasant village, on the Lynn road, 2 miles N. by E. of Downham, has in its parish 1,046 inhabitants, and 5,695 acres, . . . About 2 miles W.N.W. of the village, is the hamlet of STOW-BRIDGE, on the river Ouse, where there is a FAIR for the sale of horses, cows, &c., . . . Sir Thos. Hare, Bart., owns a great part of the soil, and is lord of the manors, which were purchased in 1553, by his ancestor, Sir Nicholas Hare, . . . He resides at STOW HALL, a stately mansion, . . . built in 1589, at the cost of £40,000, by Nicholas Hare, Esq., . . . the CHURCH, (Holy Trinity,) which has a nave, . . . The living is a discharged vicarage, valued in the King's Book at £6 6s. 8d., and in 1831 at £400, with the rectory of Wimbotsham annexed to it, in the incumbency of the Rev. John Clavering. Sir Thos. Hare is the patron, and also impropriator of the great tithes of this parish, which were commuted in 1845. Here are six Almshouses, built by Sir Ralph Hare, Kt., who endowed them, in 1622, with 86A. 3R. of land, now let for £80 per annum;  . . .  A little south of the church, is Pool House, an ancient building of flint and brick, supposed to have been a chapel or hermitage. " [William White History, Gazetteer, and Directory of Norfolk (1845) - Transcription copyright © Pat Newby]


Stow Bardolph includes the hamlets of Stow Bridge (or Stowbridge) and Barroway Drove.
See also Stow Bedon.



Church of Holy Trinity
Monuments in the Hare Chapel.

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Cemeteries


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 of Stow Bardolph is dedicated to Holy Trinity.
    The church at Stow Bridge is dedicated to St Peter.

Church History

Church of the Holy Trinity
Description and pictures.
Dashwood, George Henry
Memoranda, accompanied with figures, of mural paintings, lately detected in the Church of Stow-Bardolph.
[Norwich, Norfolk and Norwich Archaeological Society, in "Norfolk Archaeology", vol.3, 1852]
Church of St Peter at Stow Bridge
Description and pictures.
Stow Bridge Methodist Church, at the Church of St Peter.
Minister, services, picture, etc.
Follow the link to the home page, then search for the church.

Church Records

Archdeacon's Transcripts or Bishop's Transcripts
Marriages 1725-1812
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), Stow Bardolph was in Downham Registration District.

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Civil Registration


Description & Travel

Stow Bardolph
Description, pictures, etc.
Pictures of Stow Bardolph
Old postcards and new photographs.
Barroway Drove Community Website
History, school, people, pictures, etc.

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Description and Travel

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Historical Geography

Stow Bardolph 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 Stow Bardolph has been placed at times in the past. Select one to see a link to a map of that particular area.


Land & Property



You can see maps centred on OS grid reference TF628057 (Lat/Lon: 52.624363, 0.403574), Stow Bardolph which are provided by:


Military Records

Roll of Honour for Wimbotsham and East Stow Bardolph
World Wars 1 and 2.

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Military Records


Poor Houses, Poor Law


Probate Records

Dashwood, George Henry
Extracts from wills, preserved in the muniment room at Stow Bardolph.
[Norwich, Norfolk and Norwich Archaeological Society, in "Norfolk Archaeology", vol.2, 1849]