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Wiggenhall St German

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"WIGGENHALL ST. GERMAIN is a village and parish, on both sides of the Great Ouse river, where there is an ancient wooden bridge, 4 miles S.W. by S. of Lynn. It contains 625 inhabitants, and 1,219 acres of land, of which 1,031A. are on the west, and 188A. on the east side of the river, which, a little below the village, is diverted into a new channel, called the Eau-Brink-Cut.  . . .  Above and below the bridges, the river-banks were  . . . straightened by the commissioners of the navigation, at a considerable expense, in 1835,  . . . Edward Helsham Browne, Esq., is lord of the manor of Fitton, which comprises the four Wiggenhalls; and he is proprietor of about two-thirds of this parish. The other principal landowners are, Mr. Jarman Patrick; the Rev. J. Royle; the Corporation of Lynn, (137A.;) and Cphr. Carter, Esq. The Hundred Court was anciently held at Fitton Oak, about half a mile west of the village. The CHURCH, dedicated to St. Germain, has a square tower, with four bells.  . . . The living is a vicarage, valued in the King's Book at £6, and in 1831, at £108. It is enjoyed by the Rev. Thos. Berkley Greaves, of Blofield, for whom the Rev. J. Bransby, of Lynn, officiates." [William White, History, Gazetteer, and Directory of Norfolk (1845) - Transcription copyright © Pat Newby]

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Wiggenhall St German is also called Wiggenhall St Germans and Wiggenhall St Germain.
See also Wiggenhall St Mary Magdalen, Wiggenhall St Mary the Virgin, and Wiggenhall St Peter.

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Census

  • 1851-1891: Census Transcripts and Village Notes (Brian Kell). [Publisher unknown]
  • 1891: Surname List
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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 German, or St Germain.
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Church History

Church of St German
Description and pictures.
Church of St German
Description of the bells and picture of the church.
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Church Records

Marriages
These are not included in Boyd's Marriage Index or Phillimore's Marriage Registers.
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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), Wiggenhall St German was in Downham Registration District.

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Description and Travel

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Gazetteers

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Historical Geography

Wiggenhall St German is in Freebridge Marshland hundred.

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Land and Property

Inclosure and Drainage
See Wiggenhall St Mary Magdalen
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Maps

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

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference TF599142 (Lat/Lon: 52.702031, 0.364435), Wiggenhall St German which are provided by:

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