In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described Thorpe Next Norwich like this:
THORPE-NEXT-NORWICH, or T.-St. Andrew, a parish in Norwich and Blofield districts, Norfolk; on the river Yare, and on the Norwich and Yarmouth railway, 2 miles E of Norwich. A picturesque village is on the Yare, and a recent railway bridge spans the river. Thorpe-Hamlet is the part within Norwich district, and has a post-office under Norwich. Acres of the parish, 2,525. Real property, £14,414; of which £800 are in gasworks. Pop. in 1851, 3,000; in 1861, 3,841. Houses, 752. The increase of pop. ...
arose from the erection of houses suburban to Norwich. The manor was given by Henry I. to the Bishops of Norwich; had a palace of the Bishops; was exchanged away to Henry VIII.; and belongs now to W. Birkbeck, Esq. The Norfolk lunatic asylum, erected in 1814, is 1 mile SE of the village. A section of the parish, under the name of T.-St. Matthew, was made a separate charge in 1852. The head living is a rectory, and that of St. Matthew is a p. curacy in the diocese of Norwich. Value of the former, £600;* of the latter, £99.* Patron of the former, W. Birkbeck, Esq.; of the latter, the Rector. A new church was built in 1866. There are an Independent chapel, an endowed school with £45 a year, a free school, and charities £77.
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 Thorpe Next Norwich has changed, please see our redistricted information for the modern district of Broadland. More detailed statistical data are available under Units and statistics, which includes both administrative units covering Thorpe Next Norwich and units named after it.
GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Thorpe Next Norwich, in Broadland and Norfolk | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.
Date accessed: 12th December 2013
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