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Wolterton

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"WOLTERTON parish, 4 miles N.N.W. of Aylsham, and 9 miles S.S.W. of Cromer, has only 43 inhabitants, and 722 acres of land, nearly all comprised in the beautiful park of WOLTERTON HALL, the seat of the owner and lord of the manor, - the Right Hon. Horatio Walpole, Earl of Orford, and Baron Walpole, of Walpole and Wolterton. . . . The venerable ruins of the parish CHURCH (St. Margaret,) stand on the north side of the hall, embowered in lofty hollies. . . The rectory, valued in the King's Book at £8, is consolidated with that of Wickmere, in the patronage of the Earl of Orford, and incumbency of the Rev. Stephen Allen, M.A., of Erpingham, who has 36A. 2R. 14P. of glebe in Wickmere, and a yearly rent of £564, awarded in 1840, in lieu of the tithes of the two parishes." [William White, History, Gazetteer, and Directory of Norfolk (1845) - Transcription copyright © Richard Johns]

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See also Wolferton.

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Church Directories

  • In 1883 the parish was in the Deanery of Ingworth, 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 Margaret, but is in ruins.
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Church History

Church of St Margaret
Description and pictures of the ruins.
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Church Records

Archdeacons' Transcripts
Baptisms 1720-1764, Marriages 1719-1763 and Burials 1719-1747.
[Parish Register Transcription Society, Dart Series, 2000?]
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), Wolterton was in Aylsham Registration District.

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Civil Registration

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Gazetteers

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Historical Geography

Wolterton is in South Erpingham Hundred.

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

You can see the administrative areas in which Wolterton 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

Davison, Alan J.
The Field Archaeology of the Mannington and Wolterton Estates.
[Norwich, Norfolk and Norwich Archaeological Society, in "Norfolk Archaeology", vol.42, 1997]
Ketton-Cremer, Robert Wyndham
Wolterton Hall, an account of the hall and some notes on its principal rooms.
[North Walsham and Holt, Rounce and Wortley Ltd, 1955]
Ketton-Cremer, Robert Wyndham
Wolterton Hall, the historic home of the Walpole family, the Norfolk residence of Lord and Lady Walpole, history and description of rooms.
[English Life Publications, 1974]

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Land and Property

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Maps

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference TG165318 (Lat/Lon: 52.840106, 1.212786), Wolterton which are provided by:

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Names, Personal

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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  6834
1811  8847
1821  7837
1831  8941
184111--43
185111--44
Year  Inhabited
Houses
FamiliesPopulation
186113--48
1871121356
1881111147
1891101245
1901121249
1911--1354

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.