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Parish History

LETHERINGSETT (St. Andrew), a parish, in the union of Erpingham, hundred of Holt, W. division of Norfolk, 1½ mile (W. by N.) from Holt. [1]


Letheringsett St Andrew is an Ancient parish in the Diocese of Norwich. "The parish church is dedicated to St. Andrew and has a long history, as shown by the chartulary of Binham Priory. This book, preserved in the British Museum, is in Latin and the writing is almost as clear today as it was when the monkish scribe engrossed it qute five centuries go. It contains copies of documents showing the priory’s title to the extensive properties in the neighbourhood owned by it, and in particular an “Inquirey into the first foundation of the church of Leringesete’. But there is little about the foundation."[2]

[1327] Poll Tax (Survived)[3]

[1380] Tax List (Survived). “What is remarkable is that only possibly two of the surname appearing in the 1327 list appear in the list of 1380. It may well be that the ravages of the Black Death in 1349 so depopulated the village that new families moved in from elsewhere to occupy the empty cottages."[4]

[1523] Subsidey List. (Survived). "Contains entirely new set of names."[5]

[1545] Tax List (Survived)

[1592] Tax List (Survived)

[Early 1600s] In 1603 "..there were eighty-eight Communicants; one man and two women recusant"[6] "This gives a clue to the population, as the communicant comprised the whole body of the adult inhabitants, who were bound to partake on certain occasions."[7] The rector Robert Lawson, in place since 1576 had been "presented by Sir Christopher Heydon. He had been ordained in 1570 and was like his patron of the Puritan school of thought. With George Leeds, rector of Holt, and Vincent Goodwin of Cley and sixty others in the county he refused to subscribe to Archbishop Whitgift’s articles designed to enforce a stricter observance of ceremonies, dress and Prayer Book practice. It is quite likely that he was suspended for awhile, but the Puritan ministers had good friends among the local gentry, particularly William Heydon of Baconsthorpe and Nathaniel Bacon of Stiffkey, which intervened on their behalf. …For some while, as we have seen, there were a number of Roman Catholics in the parish, which cannot have made things easy for Richard Lawson."[8]

Starting with 1601 the Archdeacon Transcripts have survived and run to 1608.

[1623-1625] After a 16 year gap, we have surviving Archdeacon Transcripts again and a new rector. The advowson was owned by John Jermy, "the squire of Bayfield, who proceeded in 1623 to present Thomas Kinge. The Jermys, as we shall see, were inclined to Puritanism and in the troubles of a few years later took strongly the side of Parliament against the King."[9]

[1626-1631] No surviving Archdeacon Transcripts.

[1632-1636] Archdeacon Transcripts survived.

[1642-1651] English Civil War

[1653] Act passed "appointing secular 'parish register' ".[10] 1655 - rector was John Lougher B.A. a Commonwealth presentation.[11] No Archdeacon Transcipts survived, but we have the start of surviving parish registers.

[1660] Restoration of Monarchy

[1666] Hearth Tax (Survived) and surviving Archdeacon Transcripts start up again in 1666.

[1672] Hearth Tax (Survived)

Further reading:

Resources

Civil Registration

Birth, marriages and deaths were kept by the government, from July 1837 to the present day. The civil registration article tells more about these records. There are several Internet sites with name lists or indexes. A popular site is FreeBMD.

  • Erpingham 1837-1938
  • North Walsham 1939-1974
  • The Register Office, 18 Kings Arms Street, North Walsham, NR28 9JX.
    Tel/Fax: 01692 406220. E-mail: registration.nwalsham@norfolk.gov.uk


Church records

Contributor: Include here information for parish registers, Bishop’s Transcripts, non conformist and other types of church records, such as parish chest records. Add the contact information for the office holding the original records. Add links to the Family History Library Catalog showing the film numbers in their collection

Church of England

  • Images of the parish registers may be viewed online in Historic Records (formerly Record Search) Norfolk Record Office reference PD 547
  • [1602-1812] Archdeacon Transcripts 1600-1812. FamilySearch.
  • [1685-1941] Bishops Transcripts. FamilySearch. Arranged by Archdeaconry (Norwich or Norfolk), then date. Original Bishop Transcripts housed at NRO, their online catalog states Bishops Transcripts exist for 1698, 1705, 1715, 1722, 1724, 1734, 1746, 1752, 1759, 1762, 1769, etc. User required to use microfilm.

Methodist

[1898] Methodist chapel erected "and was settled upo Primitive Methodist trusts….On the reunion of the various Weslayan churches in 1932 into the Methodist Church, it became the Methodist chapel in the Cromer, Sheringham & Holt Circuit.”[12]

Census records

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Census records from 1841 to 1911 are available online. For access, see England Census Records and Indexes Online. Census records from 1841 to 1891 are also available on film through a Family History Center or at the Family History Library. The first film number is 438862.


Poor Law Unions

Erpingham    

Norfolk Poor Law Unions

Manorial Records

  • The National Archives' Manorial Documents Register. Site includes information about using manorial records. Using the advanced search button enter Letheringsett and Norfolk. Most listings cited will be found in the Norfolk Record Office in Norwich.

Probate records

Records of wills, administrations, inventories, indexes, etc. were filed by the court with jurisdiction over this parish. Go to Norfolk Probate Records to find the name of the court having primary jurisdiction. Scroll down in the article to the section Court Jurisdictions by Parish.

Maps and Gazetteers

Maps are a visual look at the locations in England. Gazetteers contain brief summaries about a place.

Web sites

References

  1. Lewis, Samuel A., A Topographical Dictionary of England (1848), pp. 68-74. Date accessed: 22 April 2013.
  2. Cozens-Hardy, Basil. The History of Letheringsett in the County of Norfolk: with Extracts from the Diary of Mary Hardy, 1773-1809. Page 43. See WorldCat.
  3. Cozens-Hardy, Basil. The History of Letheringsett in the County of Norfolk: with Extracts from the Diary of Mary Hardy, 1773-1809. List of names on page 143. See WorldCat.
  4. Cozens-Hardy, Basil. The History of Letheringsett in the County of Norfolk: with Extracts from the Diary of Mary Hardy, 1773-1809.) Page 143.
  5. Cozens-Hardy, Basil. The History of Letheringsett in the County of Norfolk: with Extracts from the Diary of Mary Hardy, 1773-1809. Page 145.
  6. Bryant, T.H., The Churches of Norfolk Page 106. (Norwich, 1900-15)
  7. Cozens-Hardy, Basil. The History of Letheringsett in the County of Norfolk: with Extracts from the Diary of Mary Hardy, 1773-1809.
  8. Cozens-Hardy, Basil. The History of Letheringsett in the County of Norfolk: with Extracts from the Diary of Mary Hardy, 1773-1809.
  9. Cozens-Hardy, Basil. The History of Letheringsett in the County of Norfolk: with Extracts from the Diary of Mary Hardy, 1773-1809.
  10. “The Story of Norfolk’s Parish Registers: A Norfolk Record Office Exhibition” Page 11. (Norwich, England : Norfolk Record Office, 2013)
  11. Cozens-Hardy, Basil. The History of Letheringsett in the County of Norfolk: with Extracts from the Diary of Mary Hardy, 1773-1809. Ch XVII. See WorldCat.
  12. Cozens-Hardy, Basil. The History of Letheringsett in the County of Norfolk: with Extracts from the Diary of Mary Hardy, 1773-1809. Page 153. See WorldCat.

 

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