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Wreningham

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"WRENINGHAM, a parish of scattered houses, near the source of the small river Tas, 8 miles S.W. by S. of Norwich, has 487 souls, and 1502 acres of land, mostly the property of the Misses Harrison, and W.O. Burton, Esq.; but Lord Berners is lord of the manor, which includes the ancient manors of Nayland and Little Wreningham, the latter of which had a church, of which no traces are now extant. The CHURCH (All Saints,) in that part of the parish formerly called Great Wreningham, is a small fabric, with a square tower and four bells. The rectory, valued in the King's Book at £10, is consolidated with that of Ashwellthorpe, in the gift of Lord Berners, and incumbency of the Hon. and Rev. Robert Wilson. The tithes here were commuted, in 1839, for £370 per annum. The Independents have a small chapel here." [William White, History, Gazetteer, and Directory of Norfolk (1845) - Transcription copyright © Pat Newby]

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The name may also be spelled Wrenningham.

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Church Directories

  • In 1883 the parish was in the Deanery of Humbleyard, in the archdeaconry of Norfolk.
    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 and pictures.
Church of All Saints
Services, location, etc.
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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), Wreningham was in Henstead Registration District.

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Description & Travel

Wreningham
Description, church, parish council, pictures, etc.
Wreningham Post Mill
Description, history and pictures.

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Gazetteers

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Historical Geography

Wreningham is in Humbleyard Hundred.

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

You can see the administrative areas in which Wreningham 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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History

Day, Basil K.
Past Days in Wreningham, Norfolk: A record of Wreningham families (since 1656).
[ISBN 0953028607, Dereham, 1997]
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Land & Property

Great Britain: Statute
Wreningham Inclosure Act, 1777.
An act for dividing, allotting, and inclosing the commons and waste lands within the parish of Wreningham in the county of Norfolk.
[1777]

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Land and Property

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Maps

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference TM157986 (Lat/Lon: 52.542746, 1.179569), Wreningham 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
18014869366
18115375397
18215483427
18315587409
184196--487
185193--452
Year  Inhabited
Houses
FamiliesPopulation
1861  91  --437
1871  96108429
1881100103485
1891  91  91435
1901  84  86376
1911  --  90360

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.