In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described Methwold like this:
METHWOLD, a village, a parish, and a sub-district, in Thetford district, Norfolk. The village stands 2¼ Miles SSW of the river Wissey, 2¼ WNW of the Devil's dyke, and 5¾ NW by N of Brandon r. station; was once a market-town; has still a cattle market on Mondays, and a cattle fair on 23 April; and has a post office under Brandon. The parish contains also the hamlet of Methwold-Hithe, situated 1 mile W by N of the village. Acres, 13,192. Real property, £11,438. Pop. ...
in 1851, 1,669; in 1861,1,509. Houses, 332. The property is much subdivided. An extensive tract was formerly heath, famous for rabbits, known as Muel or Methwold rabbits; and is now all under cultivation. The inhabitants a re exempt from serving on juries out of the manor, and from tolls at markets and fairs. A small priory, a cell to Castle-Acre, was once at Slevesholm, and has left some traces. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Norwich. Value, £340.* Patron, the Lord Chancellor. The church consists of nave, aisles, and chancel, with pinnacled tower and octagonal lantern and spire; and is large, good, and beautiful. There are a large Wesleyan chapel, chiefly of flint; a daily school, supported by the duchy of Lancaster; and charities £50.The sub-district contains also eleven other parishes, and three extra-parochial tracts. Acres, 68,693. Pop., 8,869. Houses, 1,978.
A Vision of Britain through Time includes a large library of local statistics for administrative units. For the best overall sense of how the area containing Methwold has changed, please see our redistricted information for the modern district of Kings Lynn and West Norfolk. More detailed statistical data are available under Units and statistics, which includes both administrative units covering Methwold and units named after it.
GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Methwold in Kings Lynn and West Norfolk | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.
Date accessed: 29th July 2016
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