"THORNAGE, a pleasant village, 2½ miles S.W. of Holt, has in its parish 325 souls, and 1338A. 2R. 21P. of land, of which 1088 acres are arable. Lord Hastings owns most of the soil, and is lord of the manor and patron of the Church,  …  The rectory, valued in the King's Book at £6. 18s. 4d., and in 1831, at £480, with that of Brinton annexed to it, is in the incumbency of the Rev. Augustus Dashwood, who has here 35A. 1R. 1P. of glebe, and a good residence. The tithes of Thornage were commuted, in 1839, for £248. 10s. per annum.The communion plate is very ancient, and the cup is inscribed, "was the gyfte of John Butts (or Butes,) and Margaret, his wyfe - 1456." His family were long possessed of the manor; and one of them, Henry Butts, D.D., was vice-chancellor of Oxford University in 1629, …” He was son of Sir Wm. Butts, physician in ordinary to Henry VIII." [William White  History, Gazetteer, and Directory of Norfolk (1845) - Transcription copyright © Pat Newby]


See also Thornham.



Rye, Walter (editor)
The Monumental Inscriptions in the Hundred of Holt, in the county of Norfolk, collected by Walton N. Dew.
(Parishes include: Bale, Bayfield, Blakeney, Bodham, Briningham, Brinton, Briston, Burgh Parva, Cley-next-the-Sea, Edgefield, Glandford, Gunthorpe, Hempstead, Holt, Hunworth, Kelling, Langham, Letheringsett, Melton Constable, Morston, Salthouse, Saxlingham, Sharrington, Stody, Swanton Novers, Thornage, Weybourne, Wiveton).
[Norwich, Goose, 1885]

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Church Directories

  • In 1883 the parish was in the Deanery of Holt, in the archdeaconry of Norwich.
  • The parish church is dedicated to All Saints.

Church History

Church of All Saints
Description and pictures.
Church of All Saints
Services, etc.

Church Records

Parish Register Transcripts
Baptisms, Marriages and Burials.
Archdeacons' Transcripts
Baptisms 1732-1811, Marriages 1732-1810 and Burials 1732-1810.
[Parish Register Transcription Society, Dart Series, 2000?]
These are not included in Boyd's Marriage Index or Phillimore's Marriage Registers.
Consolidation of Thornage and Brinton Churches

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Civil Registration

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

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Description & Travel

Thornage Water Mill
Description, history and pictures.

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Historical Geography

Thornage is in Holt hundred.

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You can see maps centred on OS grid reference TG050363 (Lat/Lon: 52.885188, 1.046104), Thornage which are provided by:


Poor Houses, Poor Law



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 45 52 221
1811 36 55 252
1821 59 61 264
1831 76 78 332
1841 77 -- 325
1851 78 -- 349
Year   Inhabited
Families Population
1861 83 -- 358
1871 82 90 344
1881 72 72 327
1891 78 81 335
1901 86 86 370
1911 -- 88 344

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.