"TOTTENHILL, a straggling village, near the Downham road, 5 miles S. by E. of Lynn, has in its parish 426 souls, and 1,463 acres of land, mostly the property of C.B.P. Plestow, Esq., the lord of the manor. The CHURCH, (St. Botolph,) is in that part of the parish called WEST-BRIGGS, and is a small fabric, with a lofty tower. The living is a perpetual curacy, which was augmented with £1,000 of Queen Anne's Bounty, from 1767 to 1842, and valued in 1831 at £62. The Bishop of Ely is appropriator and patron, and the Rev. Wm. Harold Henslowe, incumbent. " [William White, History, Gazetteer, and Directory of Norfolk (1845) - Transcription copyright © Pat Newby]


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 is dedicated to St Botolph.

Church History

Church of St Botolph
Picture and description.

Civil Registration

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

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Historical Geography

Tottenhill 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

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Land & Property

Great Britain: Statute
Tottenhill with West Briggs Inclosure Act, 1780.
An act for dividing, allotting and inclosing the lands and grounds called whole year lands, half year inclosures, open field lands, shack meadows, and also certain commons, severals and wastes, within the parish of Tottenhill with West Briggs, in the county of Norfolk.

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Poor Houses, Poor Law