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Barton Bendish

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"BARTON-BENDISH is a village of detached houses, 4 miles N. of Stoke Ferry, and 8 from Downham and Swaffham, comprising in its parish the hamlet and enclosed fens of EASTMORE, distant only 2 miles N.N.E. of Stoke Ferry, near the great foss and rampart, now called the Devil's ditch, and extending along the boundary of this Hundred, northward to Narborough. The parish contains 3,989 acres of land and 455 inhabitants, of which latter, 106 are in Eastmore hamlet. Sir Hanson Berney, of Kirby-Bedon, owns most of the soil, and is lord of the manors. Barton had formerly three CHURCHES; but that dedicated to All Saints was dilapidated many years ago, and the ruins are cleared away, though the burial ground is still used by some of the parishioners. The rectory of All Saints is consolidated with that of St. Mary's, a small edifice, with a thatched chancel and slated nave, but no tower, . . . St. Andrew's Church is a larger thatched fabric, with a square tower and three bells. The chancel is paved with emblazoned tiles; and the east window has been ornamented with painted glass, of which some small fragments still remain." [William White, History, Gazetteer, and Directory of Norfolk (1845) - Transcription copyright © Pat Newby]


Church Directories

  • In 1883 the parish was in the Deanery of Fincham, in the archdeaconry of Norfolk.
    It could have been in a different deanery or archdeaconry both before and after this date.
  • There are two parish churches. One is dedicated to St Mary and All Saints, and the other to St Andrew.

Church History

Rogerson, Andrew
Three Norman churches in Norfolk.
[Excavations: All Saints, St Andrew and St Mary (Barton Bendish), St Andrew (Framingham Earl) and St Peter (Guestwick)]
[East Anglian Archaeology, Report 32, 1987]

Church Records

Farrow, C.W. and Palgrave-Moore, Patrick
Barton Bendish All Saints with St Mary, Parish Registers 1691-1837; transcribed and indexed.
[Norwich, Norfolk and Norwich Genealogical Society, 1986]
Farrow, C.W. and Palgrave-Moore, Patrick
Barton Bendish St Andrew, Parish Registers 1691-1837; transcribed and indexed.
[Norwich, Norfolk and Norwich Genealogical Society, 1986]

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Church Records


Civil Registration

For the civil registration of births, marriages and deaths between 1837 and 1930 (and for the censuses from 1851 to 1901), Barton Bendish was in Downham Registration District.

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Civil Registration


Description and Travel

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Historical Geography

Barton Bendish is in Clackclose Hundred.

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

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Land and Property

Great Britain: Statute
Barton Bendish Inclosure Act, 1774.
An act for dividing, allotting and inclosing the old whole year lands, common fields, half year inclosures, Lammas meadows, heaths, commons and waste lands, within the parish of Barton otherwise Barton Bendish or Eastmore, in the county of Norfolk.

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Land and Property


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