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"WESTFIELD, a hamlet and small parish, 2 miles S. of East Dereham, has only 138 inhabitants, and 570 acres of land, mostly the property of Sir W.R. Clayton, the lord of the manor, in which the fines are arbitrary. The CHURCH (St. Andrew,) is a discharged rectory, valued in the King's Book at £4. 4s. 2d., and now enjoyed, with that of Whinburgh, by the Rev. Wm. Grigson, M.A., who purchased the patronage of both livings of Sir W.R. Clayton, Bart., and has here 20A. of glebe. The tithes of Westfield were commuted in 1840, for £150 per annum. Messrs. W.P. Salter, John Smith, and James Vincent have estates here. The common was enclosed in 1810, when 7A. of land was allotted to the poor, who have also 8s. a year from Mowting's Charity. " [William White, History, Gazetteer, and Directory of Norfolk (1845) - Transcription copyright © Paddy Apling]

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Cemeteries

Mid-Norfolk Family History Society
St Andrew's Church, Westfield, Norfolk: Memorial Inscriptions.
[Mid-Norfolk Family History Society, 1998]

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Cemeteries

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Census

  • 1841-1891:
         Mid-Norfolk Family History Society
         The Parish of Westfield, Norfolk: Census Returns 1841-1891, with index.
         [Mid-Norfolk Family History Society, 1998]
  • 1891: Surname List

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Censuses

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Church Directories

  • In 1883 the parish was in the Deanery of Hingham, in the archdeaconry of Norfolk.
  • The parish church is dedicated to St Andrew.
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Church History

Church of St Andrew
Description and pictures.
Church of St Andrew
Services, picture, etc.
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Church Records

Archdeacon's Transcripts or Bishop's Transcripts
Baptisms, Marriages and Burials.
Marriages
These are not included in Boyd's Marriage Index or 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), Westfield was in Mitford and Launditch Registration District.

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Civil Registration

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Gazetteers

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Historical Geography

Westfield is in Mitford hundred.

You can see the administrative areas in which Westfield 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

Great Britain: Inclosure Commissioners
Statement of claims: Yaxham, Westfield, Whinbergh, and Garvestone.
100 claims. Drawn up in pursuance of the Act of Inclosure, 1810.
[Dereham, W. Barker, 1810]
Great Britain: Statute
Yaxham and other parishes Inclosure Act, 1810.
An act for inclosing lands in the parishes of Yaxham, Westfield, Whinbergh and Garvestone, in the county of Norfolk.
[Independently printed edition of the act, 1810]
Great Britain: Inclosure Commissioners
Yaxham, Westfield, Whinbergh, and Garvestone Inclosure.
Extracts from "An act for inclosing lands in the parishes of Yaxham, Westfield, Whinbergh, and Garvestone, in the County of Norfolk", 29 September 1812.
[Dereham, Barker, printer, 1812]
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Maps

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

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Maps

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference TF991096 (Lat/Lon: 52.647386, 0.942077), Westfield which are provided by:

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Military Records

Roll of Honour
World War 1.
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Poor Houses, Poor Law

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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
18012023111
18111929149
18212030165
18312030127
184123--138
185135--143
Year  Inhabited
Houses
FamiliesPopulation
186131--124
18712829100
18812727112
18912828119
19012426103
1911--25  82

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.