Henstead  Norfolk


In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described Henstead like this:

HENSTEAD, a sub-district, a district, and a hundred, in Norfolk.—The sub-district contains the parishes of Saxlingham-Thorpe, Saxlingham-Nethergate, Shottesham-St. Mary and St. Martin, Shottesham-All Saints, Stoke-Holy-Cross, Great Poringland, Little Poringland, Earl-Framingham, Framingham-Pigot, Caistor, Arminghall, Bixley, Kirby-Bedon, Bramerton, Holverstone, Rockland-St. ...

Mary, Surlingham, Whitlingham, and part of Trowse. Acres, 19, 331. Pop., 5, 670. Houses, 1, 274. -The district comprehends also the sub-district of Humbleyard, containing the parishes of Great Melton, Little Melton, Colney, Cringleford, Hethersett, Ketteringham, East Carlton, Hethel, Wreningham, Bracon-Ash, Mulbarton, Swardeston, Intwood, Keswick, Markshall, Dunston, Swainsthorpe, Newton-Flotman, and Flordon. Acres of the district, 43, 358. Poor rates in 1863, £7, 442. Pop. in 1851, 11, 545; in 1861, 11, 290. Houses, 2, 430. Marriages in 1862, 64; births, 343, -of which 32 were illegitimate; deaths, 196, -of which 61 were at ages under 5 years, and 10 at ages above 85. Marriages in the ten years 1851-60, 754; births, 3, 524; deaths, 2, 203. The places of worship, in 1851, were 32 of the Church of England, with 5, 206 sittings; 1 of Indepen dents, with 250 s.; 3 of Baptists, with 545 s; 3 of Wesleyan Methodists, with 455 s.; 1 of Primitive Methosists, with 100 s.; and 1 undefined, with 100 s. The schools were 22 public day schools, with 1, 049 scholars; 18 private day schools, with 359 s.; 17 Sunday schools, with 815 s; and 1 evening school for adults, with 11 s. The workhouse is in Swainsthorpe.-The hundred is identical with part of the district, and nearly conterminate with Henstead sub-district. Pop., 5, 729. Houses, 1, 289.

Henstead through time

Henstead is now part of South Norfolk district. Click here for graphs and data of how South Norfolk has changed over two centuries. For statistics about Henstead itself, go to Units and Statistics.

How to reference this page:

GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Henstead in South Norfolk | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.


Date accessed: 21st May 2022

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