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Wiggenhall St Mary the Virgin

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"WIGGENHALL ST. MARY THE VIRGIN, a small scattered village on the west side of the Great Ouse, 5 miles S.W. by S. of Lynn, has in its parish the hamlet of SADDLE-BOW, on the opposite side of that river and the Eau-Brink-Cut, within 3 miles of Lynn. The parish contains 292 inhabitants, and about 2,500 acres of land, belonging to a number of freeholders, but formerly possessed by the Kerviles, who built a large brick hall here, with an embattled tower gate house; but this was pulled down after 1624, when the family became extinct, on the death of Sir Henry Kervile, a bigotted papist. The CHURCH has a tower and five bells.  ... The vicarage, valued in the King's Book at £12, and in 1831 at £94, has recently been augmented to the yearly value of £175. It is in the gift of the Crown, and incumbency of the Rev. R.T. Powell, for whom a new Vicarage House has recently been erected." [William White, History, Gazetteer, and Directory of Norfolk (1845) - Transcription copyright © Pat Newby]

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


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.

Church History

Church of St Mary the Virgin
Description and pictures.
Church of St Mary the Virgin
Description of the bells and picture of the church.
Redundant Churches Fund
St Mary the Virgin, Wiggenhall, Norfolk: Visitors' guide.
[Redundant Churches Fund, 1989]

Church Records

These are not included in Boyd's Marriage Index or Phillimore's Marriage Registers.
Archdeacon's Transcripts

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 Mary the Virgin was in Downham Registration District.

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Civil Registration

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Historical Geography

Wiggenhall St Mary the Virgin is in Freebridge Marshland hundred.

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Land and Property

Inclosure and Drainage
See Wiggenhall St Mary Magdalen

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