Guiltcross  Norfolk


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

GUILTCROSS, a district and a hundred in Norfolk; at the middle of the S border of the county, contiguous to Suffolk. The name was originally Gydecross; and is supposed to have been derived from a remarkable cross, ornamented with gold, and of great antiquity. The district comprehends the sub-district of Banham, containing the parishes of Banham, Old Buckenham, New Buckenham, Winfarhing, Shelfanger, Roydon, Bressingham, and Fersfield; and the sub-district of Kenninghall, containing the parishes of Kenninghall, North Lopham, South Lopham, Blo-Norton, Garboldisham, Gasthorpe, Riddlesworth, West Harling, East Harling, Bridgham, Quiddeuham, Eccles, and Wilby. ...

Acres, 44, 585. Poorrates in 1863, £7, 041. Pop. in 1851, 12, 744; in 1861, 11, 541. Houses, 2, 579. Marriages in 1862, 85; births, 370, -of which 45 were illegitimate; deaths, 236, of which 77 were at ages under 5 years, and 14 at ages above 85. Marriages in the ten years 1851-60, 820; births, 4, 008; deaths, 2, 701. The places of worship in 1851 were 20 of the Church of England, with 4, 830 sittings; 1 of Independents, s. not reported; 5 of Baptists, with 872 s.; 1 of Quakers, with 92 s.; 9 of Wesleyan Methodists, with 1, 428 s; 10 of Primitive Methodists, with 1, 473 s.; 1 of Sandemanians, with 88 s.; 2 undefined, with 80 s.; and 1 of Latter Day Saints, with 40 s. The schools were 16 public day schools, with 1, 071 scholars; 23 private day schools, with 360 s.; 29 Sunday schools, with 1, 751 s.; and 1 evening school for adults, with 20 s. The workhouse is in Kenninghall.- The hundred contains only eleven of the parishes of the district; but includes part of a parish not in the district. Acres, 28, 340. Pop. in 1851, 7, 446; in 1861, 6, 748. HOuses, 1, 489.

Guiltcross through time

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

How to reference this page:

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


Date accessed: 19th May 2024

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