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Riddlesworth, Norfolk

Historical Description

Riddlesworth, a parish in Norfolk, on the Little Ouse river, at the boundary with Suffolk, near the Peddar Way, H miles SSW of Harling Road station on the Thetford and Norwich section of the G.E.R., and 6 E by S of Thetford.. It has a post office under Thetford; money order and telegraph office, Hopton. Acreage, 1167; population of the civil parish, 85; of the ecclesiastical, 241. The manor, with Riddlesworth Hall, a handsome mansion of white brick standing in a park of 120 acres, was sold in 1894 to Mr W. N. Champion. The living is a rectory, united with Gasthorpe and Knettishall, in the diocese of Norwich; joint net value, £260 with residence. The church is an ancient edifice of stone in the Early English style, consisting of chancel, nave,. S porch, and an embattled western tower.

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 parishRiddlesworth St. Peter 
Poor Law unionGuiltcross 

Any dates in this table should be used as a guide only.

Church Records, in association with Norfolk Record Office, have images of the Parish Registers for Norfolk online.

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Civil Registration

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Directories & Gazetteers

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Newspapers and Periodicals

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Visitations Heraldic

The Visitations of Norfolk 1563, 1589, and 1613 is available on the Heraldry page.