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Eccles or Eccles-next-the-Sea, Norfolk

Historical Description

Eccles or Eccles-next-the-Sea, a village and a parish in Norfolk, on the coast, 9 miles ESE of North Walsham, 18 NE of Norwich, and 3 NE from Stalham station on the Eastern and Midland railway. Post town, Norwich; money order and telegraph office, Stalham. The area of the parish, which was originally 2000 acres, has been reduced by the encroachments of the sea to 297; population, 18. The living is a sinecure rectory in the diocese of Norwich; value, £59. The church was destroyed by the sea before 1605, but the tower still stands on the beach, and is surrounded by the sea at high tides.

Transcribed from The Comprehensive Gazetteer of England & Wales, 1894-5


The following is a list of the administrative units in which this place was either wholly or partly included.

Ancient CountyNorfolk 
Ecclesiastical parishEccles St. Mary 
Poor Law unionGuiltcross 

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Directories & Gazetteers

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Visitations Heraldic

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