In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described Feltwell like this:
FELTWELL, a village and a parish in Thetford district, Norfolk. The village stands near Sams Cut in the Fen, 3 miles N by E of Lakenheath r. station, and 5½ NW of Brandon; is large and neatly built; and has a post office‡ under Brandon, and a fair on 20 Nov. The parish comprises 14, 060 acres. Real property, £11, 556. Pop., 1, 553. Houses, 352. The property is much sub-divided. There are four manors; and they belong to four parties. About 8, 000 acres in the parish are fen; and about 300 under wood. ...
The upland tracts were enclosed in 1815. Feltwell Lodge is a chief residence. The parish comprises two quondam parishes, St. Mary and St. Nicholas; and is sometimes called Feltwell-St. Mary and St. Nicholas. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Norwich. Value, £1, 207.* Patron, alternately the Lord Chancellor and the Bishop of Norwich. St. Mary's church consists of nave, chancel, and aisles, with massive square tower; has a brass of 1482; and was altered and enlarged in 1862. St. Nicholas church is ancient, and serves now as a cemetery chapel. There are chapels for Wesleyans and Primitive Methodists. Mundeford's free schools and alms-houses have £300; and other charities, including a fuel allotment of 360 acres, have £83.
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 Feltwell 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 Feltwell and units named after it.
GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Feltwell in Kings Lynn and West Norfolk | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.
Date accessed: 31st January 2015
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