Place:Kimberley, Norfolk, England

Alt namesChineburlaisource: Domesday Book (1985) p 191
Kiburnelaisource: Domesday Book (1985) p 191
TypeParish (ancient), Civil parish
Coordinates52.585°N 1.05°E
Located inNorfolk, England
See alsoForehoe Hundred, Norfolk, Englandhundred in which it was located
Forehoe Rural, Norfolk, Englandrural district in which it was located 1894-1935
Forehoe and Henstead Rural, Norfolk, Englandrural district in which it was located 1935-1974
South Norfolk District, Norfolk, Englanddistrict municipality covering the area since 1974
source: Getty Thesaurus of Geographic Names
source: Family History Library Catalog

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

"KIMBERLEY, a village and a parish in Forehoe [registration] district, Norfolk. The village stands near the river Yare and the East Anglian railway, 3½ miles NW of Wymondham; and has a station on the railway. The parish comprises 1,460 acres. Post town: Wymondham. Population: 112. Houses: 28. The property belonged to the Falstolfs; passed to the Wodehouses, one of whom was at the battle of Agincourt; and belongs now to the Earl of Kimberley. Kimberley Hall is Lord [Kimberey]'s seat, but stands within Wymondham parish; it was built about 1660, in lieu of a previous edifice where entertainment was given to Queen Elizabeth in 1578; it contains a necklace of Henry V.'s queen, and some valuable paintings; and it has a beautiful park of about 646 acres, - 312 of which are in Kimberley, 276 in Wymondham, and 58 in Carleton-Forehoe. The living is a vicarage, annexed to the rectory of Barnham-Broom, in the diocese of Norwich. The church comprises nave and chancel, with tower and spire; and was repaired and beautified in 1835."

Kimberley was a separate parish in Forehoe Rural District until 1935 when it absorbed the smaller neighbouring parish of Carleton Forehoe. The civil parish is now known as Kimberley and Carleton Forehoe and is in the South Norfolk District.

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