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Bodney, Norfolk

Historical Description

Bodney, a parish in Norfolk, on the river Wissey, 6 miles W by S of Watton station on the G.E.R., and 7 S by E of Swaffham. Post town, Hilborough (R.S.O.); money order and telegraph office, Mundford. Acreage, 2621; population of the civil parish, 82; of the ecclesiastical, with Great Cressingham, 561. Bodney Hall was a retreat of French nuns after the first French revolution. The living is a rectory, annexed to the rectory of Great Cressingham, in the diocese of Norwich; joint net yearly value, £361. Patron, the Lord Chancellor. The church is an ancient building of flint and pebbles in the Early English style, and there is a Primitive Methodist chapel.

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 parishBodney St. Mary 
HundredSouth Greenhoe 
Poor Law unionSwaffham 

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Civil Registration

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Directories & Gazetteers

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Visitations Heraldic

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Postal districtIP26
Post TownThetford