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Weasenham St Peter

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"WEASENHAM ST. PETER, or Lower Weasenham, is a small village and parish, 7 miles S.W. by S. of Fakenham, containing 310 souls and 1397 acres of land, nearly all the property of the Earl of Leicester, who is lord of the manor and lessee of the rectory. The Church is a neat structure, with a low tower, and is a vicarage, consolidated with that of Weasenham All Saints. The joint livings have been augmented with £600 of Queen Anne's Bounty since 1760. Here are 15A. of glebe. The tithes were commuted in 1839. The Fuel Allotment is noticed with All Saints parish. " [William White, History, Gazetteer, and Directory of Norfolk (1845) - Transcription copyright © Pat Newby]


Church Directories

  • In 1883 the parish was in the Deanery of Brisley, in the archdeaconry of Norwich.
    It could have been in a different deanery or archdeaconry both before and after this date.
  • The parish church is dedicated to St Peter.

Church Records

These are not included in Boyd's Marriage Index or 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), Weasenham St Peter was in Mitford and Launditch Registration District.

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Description and Travel

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Historical Geography

Weasenham St Peter is in Launditch Hundred.

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

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Poor Houses, Poor Law etc.



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 32 44 196
1811 53 53 245
1821 57 59 293
1831 59 62 309
1841 65 -- 310
1851 65 -- 326
Year   Inhabited
Families Population
1861 72 -- 320
1871 68 70 312
1881 61 61 268
1891 60 63 270
1901 57 57 238
1911 -- 60 241

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.

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