In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described Ashwellthorpe like this:
ASHWELL-THORPE, a parish in Depwade district, Norfolk; on an affluent of the river Yare, 3 miles SE of Wymondham r. station. Post Town, Wymondham. Acres, 979. Real property, £2,191. Pop., 409. Houses, 88. The manor belonged anciently to the family of Thorpe; passed to that of Bourchier; and was held, in the time of Henry VII., by Sir John Bourchier, the translator of Froissart, and ancestor of the present Lord Berners. The living is a rectory, united with the rectory of Wreningham, in the diocese of Norwich. Value, £648.* Patron, Lord Berners. The church contains some old monuments. Charities, 1½ acre of fuel allotment.
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GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Ashwellthorpe in South Norfolk | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.
Date accessed: 19th April 2015
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