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Wighton

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"WIGHTON is a parish and large village, 3 miles S. by E. of Wells, and 2 miles N. of Walsingham, containing 559 souls, and 2932 acres of land, including a heath of 97 acres, on which are the remains of a Danish entrenchment,  ... Near the windmill was another camp, called Crabbe's Castle,  ... The Earl of Leicester owns the greater part of the soil, and holds the manor of the Duchy of Lancaster. The Church, (All Saints,) is a large fabric, with a square tower,  ... It was given by Henry II., to Norwich Cathedral, so that the Dean and Chapter are now appropriators of the rectory, and patrons of the vicarage, valued in the King's Book at £11. 11s. 8d., and in 1831, at £120. The Rev. John Wm. Methold, B.A., the present incumbent, erected some years ago, a new Vicarage House,   ... The great and small tithes have been commuted for £810 per annum. On land occupied by Mr. Waters, are still some traces of a chapel of ease." [William White, History, Gazetteer, and Directory of Norfolk (1845) - Transcription copyright © Pat Newby]

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Cemeteries

Church of All Saints
Transcriptions and photographs of gravestones in the churchyard.
Not all gravestones may be included, even when a site is marked as complete, for example when stones are not legible enough to be photographed.

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Cemeteries

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Church Directories

  • In 1883 the parish was in the Deanery of Walsingham, 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 All Saints.
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Church History

Church of All Saints
Description, history, events, pictures, etc.
Church of All Saints
Description and pictures.
Church of All Saints
Services, etc.
Church of All Saints
Pictures of the church.
Richardson, Leeds
Wighton revisited.
The restoration of the collapsed church tower with funds donated by the author.
[Toronto, 1996]
 
Methodist Church
Minister, services, picture, etc.
Follow the link to the home page, then search for the church.
Primitive Methodist Church
Picture.
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Church Records

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), Wighton was in Walsingham Registration District.

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Civil Registration

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Description & Travel

Wighton
News, events, churches, etc.
Wighton Parish Council
Councillors, meetings, minutes, etc.
Wighton Post Mill
Description, history and map.
Wighton Tower Mill
Description, history and pictures.
Wighton Water Mill
Description, history and pictures.

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Description and Travel

You can see pictures of Wighton which are provided by:

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Gazetteers

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Historical Geography

Wighton is in North Greenhoe Hundred.

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

You can see the administrative areas in which Wighton 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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Maps

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference TF940399 (Lat/Lon: 52.921168, 0.88397), Wighton which are provided by:

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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
1801  76  84446
1811  86  86433
1821  76113507
1831108115542
1841115---559
1851121---582
Year  Inhabited
Houses
FamiliesPopulation
1861131---612
1871114121476
1881118120512
1891107107491
1901103103404
1911---110474

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.