Hockwold  Norfolk


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

HOCKWOLD, a village and a parish in Thetford district, Norfolk. The village stands near the Little Ouse river and the boundary with Suffolk, 1 mile N of Lakenheath r. station, and 4 W by N of Brandon; and has an ancient stone cross 15 feet high, a post office under Brandon, and a fair on the first Wednesday after 11 Oct. ...

The parish includes also the village and quondam parish of Wilton; bears the name of Hockwold-cum-Wilton; and has sometimes, but erroneously, been returned as including the extra-parochial tract of Redmere. Acres, 7, 478. Real property, £6, 667. Pop. in 1851, 1, 067; in 1861, 803. Houses, 203. The decrease of pop. was caused by emigration. The property is much subdivided. Great part of the surface is fen land. A new road was formed through the fens, and a suspension bridge constructed across the Little Ouse, in 1829. Hockwold Hall is a chief residence. The living is a rectory and a vicarage, -Hockwold a rectory, Wilton a vicarage, -in the diocese of Norwich. Value, £766.* Patron, Caius College, Cambridge. Hockwold church is a rude structure, with a tower; and contains stone stalls and a piscina. Wilton church is an edifice of stone and flint, with tower and spire; both churches have been thoroughly restored. There are chapels for Wesleyans and Primitive Methodists, a national school, and charities £45.

Hockwold through time

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

How to reference this page:

GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Hockwold in Kings Lynn and West Norfolk | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.


Date accessed: 03rd August 2021

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