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West Walton

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"WEST WALTON is a considerable village near the Roman Bank, 3 miles N.N.E. of Wisbech, and 12 miles S.W. by W. of Lynn. Its extensive parish has augmented its population since the year 1801, from 513 to 954 souls, and comprises many scattered houses, and 5,516A. 3R. 30P. of land, including a large portion of the Smeeth and Fen, from 4 to 5 miles S.E. of the village, . . . and 600 acres on the west side of the Nene, in the Isle of Ely. The Queen is lady of the manor of West Walton-cum-Membris, . . .  J. Wing, Esq., of Wisbech, is the steward. But part of the parish is in Newton Colville manor, of which Capt. Trafford is lord; and in Coleraine manor, of which the Rev. C.H. Townshend is lord. Capt. Trafford, John Bellamy, Esq., . . . The CHURCH, dedicated to St. Mary, . . . The RECTORY is in two medieties, viz:- WALTON ELIEN, valued in the King's Book at £16, and in 1831, at £404; and WALTON LEWES, valued in the King's Book at £16 13s. 4d., and in 1831, at £747. The former is in the gift of the Crown, and incumbency of the Rev. E.E. Blencowe, B.A.; and the latter is in the patronage of the Rev. C.H. Townshend, and incumbency of the Rev. Atwill Lake, M.A., . . . In the parish is a Primitive Methodist Chapel, built in 1833. The FREE SCHOOL is endowed with the dividends of  . . . Consols, left by Mrs. Mary Dales, " [William White, History, Gazetteer, and Directory of Norfolk (1845) - Transcription copyright © Pat Newby]

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Church Directories

  • In 1883 the parish was in the Deanery of Lynn Marshland, in the archdeaconry of Norwich.
  • The parish church is dedicated to St Mary the Virgin.
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Church History

Church of St Mary the Virgin
Description and pictures.
Church of St Mary the Virgin
Description, history, pictures, etc.
Church of St Mary the Virgin
Description of the bells and picture of the detached bell tower.
Dann, Stephen; Elliott, Ken; and Anderson, Andrew
West Walton Church, Norfolk.
[Wisbech, Balding and Mansell, 1967]
The Fen and Marshland Churches
This includes West Walton.
See Walsoken.
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Church Records

Parish Register and Archdeacon's Transcripts
Marriages
Baptisms and Burials (search main index).
Marriages
These are included in Boyd's Marriage Index.
They are not included in Phillimore's Marriage Registers.

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Church Records

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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), West Walton was in Wisbech Registration District.

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Civil Registration

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Description & Travel

West Walton Highway Mill
Description, history and pictures.
West Walton Ingleborough Mill
Description, history and pictures.

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Description and Travel

You can see pictures of West Walton which are provided by:

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Gazetteers

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Historical Geography

West Walton is in Freebridge Marshland hundred.

You can see the administrative areas in which West Walton has been placed at times in the past. Select one to see a link to a map of that particular area.

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Land & Property

Davison, Alan J.
The Manors of West Walton.
(15th-16th century).
[Norwich, Norfolk and Norwich Archaeological Society, in "Norfolk Archaeology", vol.42, 1997]
Sanders, H.G. and Eley, Geoffrey.
Farms of Britain.
Including a chapter about farming at Hill House, West Walton.
[Crosby Lockwood and Son, 1946]
Silvester, Robert J.
West Walton, the development of a siltland parish.
[Norwich, Norfolk and Norwich Archaeological Society, in "Norfolk Archaeology", vol.39, 1985/6]
Statement of Claims and Enclosure, 1796
See Walpole St Peter
Great Britain. Inclosure Commissioners
Statement of Claims: West Walton.
Drawn up in pursuance of the Act of Inclosure, 1819.
[1819]
Great Britain: Statute
West Walton Inclosure Act, 1819.
An act for inclosing lands in the parish of West Walton, in the county of Norfolk, 21st June 1819.
[London, George Eyre and Andrew Strahan, 1819]
[London, Dorington and Son, 1819]

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Land and Property

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Maps

Parish outline and location.
See Parish Map for Wisbech Registration District, 1836
and nearby places.

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Maps

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference TF475133 (Lat/Lon: 52.697661, 0.181016), West Walton which are provided by:

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Military Records

Roll of Honour
World Wars 1 and 2.
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Poor Houses, Poor Law

  • After 1834 West Walton became part of the Wisbech Union, and the workhouse was at Wisbech in Cambridgeshire.
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Population

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
Houses
FamiliesPopulation
1801------513
1811102115552
1821143168735
1831170174905
1841177---954
1851197---999
Year  Inhabited
Houses
FamiliesPopulation
1861201---950
1871195220935
1881185198860
1891198199904
1901202202864
1911---239984

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.

1911 Census
"There were 61 people in 3 detached parts of the parish."