In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described Blofield like this:
BLOFIELD, a village, a parish, a subdistrict, a district, and a hundred in Norfolk. The village stands near the Yarmouth railway and the river Yare, 1 mile NE of Brundall r. station, and 7 E of Norwich; and it has a post office under Norwich, and is a seat of petty sessions.The parish comprises 2,334 acres. Real property, £7,548. Pop., 1,155. Houses, 265. The property is subdivided. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Norwich. Value, £896.* Patron, Caius College, Cambridge. ...
The church is good. An endowed school has £10, and other charities £75.-The subdistrict contains the parishes of Blofield, Brundall, Postwick, Great Plumstead, Little Plumstead, Witton, Bradeston, Strumpshaw, Buckenham, Hassingham, Lingwood, Burlingham-St. Edmund, Burlingham-St. Andrew, Hemblington, and Woodbastwick, and part of the parish of Thorpe St. Andrew. Acres, 17,816. Pop., 5,787. Houses, 1,144.The district comprehends also the subdistrict of South Walsham, containing the parishes of South Walsham-St. Mary, South Walsham-St. Lawrence, Burlingham-St. Peter, Ranworth, Panxworth, Upton, Fishley, Acle, Beighton, Moulton, Halvergate, Tunstall, Wickhampton, Freethorpe, Southwood, Cantley, Limpenhoe, and Reedham. Acres of the district, 44,178. Poor-rates in 1866, £6,904. Pop. in 1861, 11,521. Houses, 2,359. Marriages in 1866, 77; births, 354,-of which 36 were illegitimate; deaths, 238,-of which 72 were at ages under 5 years, and 7 at ages above 85 years. Marriages in the ten years 1851-60,811; births, 3,410; deaths, 2,330. The places of worship in 1851 were 33 of the Church of England, with 5,537 sittings; 2 of Independents, with 350 s.; 3 of Baptists, with 370 s.; 2 of Wesleyan Methodists, with 232 s.; and 8 of Primitive Methodists, with 835 s. The schools were 16 public day schools, with 793 scholars; 27 private day schools, with 484 s.; 23 Sunday schools, with 1,099 s.; and 1 evening school for adults, with 24 s. The workhouse is in Lingwood.-The hundred comprises twentyfour parishes and part of another. Acres, 19,594. Pop., 6,280. Houses, 1,265.
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GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Blofield, in Broadland and Norfolk | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.
Date accessed: 31st July 2014
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