Place:Beeston with Bittering, Norfolk, England

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NameBeeston with Bittering
Alt namesBeeston-next-Litchamsource: Family History Library Catalog
Beeston-next-Milehamsource: BHA, Authority file (2003-)
Beeston All Saintssource: alternate name
TypeParish (ancient), Civil parish
Coordinates52.7°N 0.817°E
Located inNorfolk, England
See alsoLaunditch Hundred, Norfolk, Englandhundred in which both ancient parishes were located
Mitford and Launditch Rural, Norfolk, England|rural district in which it was located 1894-1974
Breckland District, Norfolk, Englanddistrict municipality covering the area since 1974
source: Getty Thesaurus of Geographic Names
source: Family History Library Catalog
source: Family History Library Catalog

NOTE: Beeston with Bittering is one of four (!) places in Norfolk with "Beeston" in its name. Caution is called for in selecting the correct one.

the following text is based on an article in Wikipedia

Beeston with Bittering is a civil parish in the Breckland District of Norfolk, England. According to the 2001 UK census it had a population of 505. It includes the villages of Beeston and Little Bittering (both redirected here).

Sources are not forthcoming on when the two villages merged, however A Vision of Britain through Time refers to them both as ancient parishes and not civil parishes. This infers that the merger was at least as far back as the middle of the 19th century. The two villages were definitely united for the care of the poor by 1854. (Source: Francis White's History, Gazetteer, and Directory, of Norfolk 1854, p. 785 as provided by GENUKI

Beeston

the following text is based on an article in Wikipedia

Beeston is a village in the county of Norfolk, England. It is now in the civil parish of Beeston with Bittering and is west of East Dereham and south of Fakenham. It may also be known as Beeston All Saints or Beeston-next-Mileham to distinguish it from the three other villages in Norfolk named Beeston.

Sir William Calthorpe made presentations to the rectory of Beeston in 1460, 1481, and 1492.

A Vision of Britain through Time provides the following description of Beeston from John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales of 1870-72:

"BEESTON, or Beeston-next-Litcham, a parish in Mitford [registration] district, Norfolk; 2 miles N of Fransham [railway] station, and 6½ NE of Swaffham. It includes Little Bittering; and its Post Town is Great Dunham, under Swaffham. Acres: 2,073. Real property: £4,491. Population: 645. Houses: 140. The property is much subdivided. Beeston Hall is the seat of the Rev.B. Barnwell. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Norwich. Value: £450. Patron: the Rev. B. Barnwell. The church is very good, and has a conspicuous tower and spire. Charities, £61."

Little Bittering

Little Bittering is sometimes referred to as Bittering Parva.

A Vision of Britain through Time provides the following description of Little Bittering from John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales of 1870-72:

"BITTERING (Little), a parish in Mitford [registration] district, Norfolk; 3 miles N by E of Wendling [railway] station, and 5 NW of East Dereham. Post Town: Litcham, under Swaffham. Acres: 398. Rated property: £384. Population: 30. Houses: 3. The property is all in one estate. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Norwich. Value, £100. Patron, James Dover, Esq."

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