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.
The following is a list of the administrative units in which this place was either wholly or partly included.
|Ecclesiastical parish||Bodney St. Mary|
|Poor Law union||Swaffham|
Any dates in this table should be used as a guide only.
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Directories & Gazetteers
We have transcribed the entry for Bodney from the following:
- Samuel Lewis' A Topographical Dictionary of England, 1848 (Bodney (St. Mary))
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- A Vision of Britain through Time. (Old maps)
Newspapers and Periodicals
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- Norwich Mercury
- Norfolk Chronicle
- Diss Express
- Thetford & Watton Times and People's Weekly Journal
- Norfolk News
The Visitations of Norfolk 1563, 1589, and 1613 is available on the Heraldry page.