Descriptive Gazetteer Entry for MITFORD

MITFORD, a district and a hundred in the central part of Norfolk. The district comprehends the sub-district of Shipdham, containing the parishes of Shipdham, Westfield, Whinbergh, Letton, Cranworth, South Burgh, and Wood-Rising; the sub-district of Mattishall, containing the parishes of Mattishall, Mattishall-Burgh, East Tuddenham, North Tuddenham, Hockering, Yaxham, Thuxton, Hardingham, Reymerston, and Garvestone; the sub-district of Bawdeswell, containing the parishes of Bawdeswell, Foxley, Billingford, Bylaugh, S. wanton-Morley, Sparham, Lyng, and Elsing; the subdistrict of East Dereham, containing the parishes of East Dereham, Hoe, Scarning, Wendling, Little Fransham Longham, Gressenhall, and Beetley; the sub-district of Litcham, containing the parishes of Litcham, Mileham, Beeston-All Saints, Little Bittering, Kempston, Great Dunham, Little Dunham, Great Fransham, East Lexham, West Lexham, Rougham, Weasenham-All Saints, Weasenham-St. Peter, Wellingham, and Tittleshall; and the sub-district of North Elmham, containing the parishes of North Elmham, Worthing, Brisley, East Bilney, Stanfield, Bintree, Twyford, Guist, Gately, Horningtoft, Whissonsett, Oxwick, Pattesley, and Colkirk. Acres, 105,233. Poor rates in 1863, £16,069. Pop. in 1851, 29,389; in 1861,28,020. Houses, 6,134. Marriages in 1863,186; births, 847,-of which 95 were illegitimate; deaths, 561,-of which 183 were at ages under 5 years, and 33 at ages above 85. Marriages in the ten years 1851-60, 1,804; births, 8,849; deaths, 5,717. The places of worship, in 1851, were 60 of the Church of England, with 12,257 sittings; 4 of Independents, with 1,058 s.; 7 of Baptists, with 715 s.; 17 of Wesleyan Methodists, with 1,495 s.; 32 of Primitive Methodists, with 2,086 s.; 5 of Wesleyan Reformers, with 614 s.; and 4 of Latter Day Saints, with 170 s. The schools were 39 public dayschools, with 2,641 scholars; 61 private day-schools, with 1,341 s.; 64 Sunday schools, with 2,875 s.; and 5 evening schools for adults, with 40 s. The workhouse is in Gressenhall; and, at the census of 1861, had 267 inmates.-The hundred includes less than half of the district; most of the remainder of the district being identical with the hundred of Launditch. Acres of M. hundred, 33,235. Pop. in 1851,12,140; in 1861,11,452. Houses, 2,565.

(John Marius Wilson, Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales (1870-72))

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Feature Description: "a district and a hundred"   (ADL Feature Type: "countries, 3rd order divisions")
Administrative units: Mitford and Launditch PLU/RegD       Norfolk AncC
Place: Mitford

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