Wallington cum Thorpland


"WALLINGTON-CUM-THORPLAND, 3 miles N. by E. of Downham, form one parish, containing only 77 inhabitants, and 1,256A. of land, of which 350A. belong to Sir Thos Hare, and the remainder to Mrs. Peel, the lady of the manor, who resides at Wallington Hall, a large and handsome house, delightfully situated in a well-wooded park. It is the only house in Wallington, and was anciently the seat of the Coningsbys and the Gawdys. One of the latter was Judge Gawdy, who, in the reign of Elizabeth, converted the CHURCH, (St. Margaret,) into a hay-house and dog-kennel. The only part of it now remaining is the tower, surmounted by a small spire. The rectory is not in charge, and has long been consolidated with South Runcton and Holme. THORPLAND has two farms and five cottages, and had also a church, which was standing in 1434, but no traces of it now remain. The farmers are, John Coward and Robert Green." [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.
  • There is no parish church
    The church at Wallington was dedicated to St Margaret. There was also a church at Thorpland.

Civil Registration

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

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Civil Registration

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Historical Geography

Wallington 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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