Thorpe Abbotts


"THORPE ABBOTS, 5 miles W.S.W. of Harleston, has in its parish 281 souls, and 1123 acres of land, anciently held by the abbots of Bury St. Edmund, and now belonging to several owners, the largest of whom are the Rev. E. Holland, (lord of the manor,) and the wife of Edw. Bridgman, Esq., owner of the Hall estate. The Cornwallis family were formerly lords of the manor. The CHURCH (All Saints,) has a tower, half round and half octangular. The benefice is a discharged rectory, valued in the King's Book at £6, and now having a yearly rent of £335, awarded in 1838, in lieu of tithes. J.P. Reade, Esq., is patron, and the Rev. Wm. Wallace, B.A., is the incumbent, and has lately built a neat parsonage house."  [William White  History, Gazetteer, and Directory of Norfolk (1845) - Transcription copyright © Pat Newby]


The name is also found as Thorpe Abbott and Thorpe Abbots.
See also Thorpe Hamlet, Thorpe Market, Thorpe next Haddiscoe Thorpe Parva, and Thorpe St Andrew.




Church Directories

  • In 1883 the parish was in the Deanery of Redenhall, 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 All Saints.

Church History

Church of All Saints
Description and pictures.

Church Records

These are included in Boyd's Marriage Index.
They are not included in 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), Thorpe Abbotts was in Depwade Registration District.

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Civil Registration

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Historical Geography

Thorpe Abbotts is in Earsham Hundred.

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

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Poor Houses, Poor Law