Place:Barton Bendish, Norfolk, England

NameBarton Bendish
Alt namesBarton-Bendishsource: Family History Library Catalog
Bertunasource: Domesday Book (1985) p 186
TypeInhabited place
Coordinates52.852°N 0.83°E
Located inNorfolk, England
See alsoClackclose Hundred, Norfolk, Englandhundred in which it was located
Downham Rural, Norfolk, Englandrural district in which it was located 1894-1974
King's Lynn and West Norfolk District, Norfolk, Englanddistrict municipality covering the area since 1974
source: Getty Thesaurus of Geographic Names
source: Family History Library Catalog
the following text is based on an article in Wikipedia

Barton Bendish is a village and a civil parish in the English county of Norfolk. The village is east of Downham Market, west of Norwich and north-east of London. The village lies south of the town of King's Lynn. The nearest railway station is at Downham Market for the Fen Line which runs between Cambridge and King’s Lynn. The civil parish has an area of 15.92 km² and in the 2011 UK census had a population of 210 in 96 households. For the purposes of local government, the parish falls within the District of King's Lynn and West Norfolk.

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

"BARTON-BENDISH, a village and a parish in Downham [registration] district, Norfolk. The village stands 5½ miles SSW of Narborough [railway] station, and 7½ ENE of Downham; and has a post office under Brandon. It took its distinctive name from a dyke, called Bendish, which the Saxons erected to mark the boundary of the hundred. The parish includes also the hamlet of Eastmore. Acres: 4,390. Real property: £4,849. Population: 484. Houses: 94. The property is divided among a few. Barton-Bendish Hall is the seat of Sir H. Berney, Bart. The living consists of the rectory of St. Mary-with-All Saints, and the rectory of St. Andrew; and is in the diocese of Norwich. Value: £569. Patrons: Sir H. Berney, Bart. and the Lord Chancellor. The church of St. Mary-with-All Saints is good; and that of St. Andrew has a fine screen, with hagiological figures, and was repaired in 1859. There are a Wesleyan chapel, and charities £36."

As Wilson's Gazetteer states Barton Bendish was originally made up of three ecclesiastical parishes. Those of St. Mary and All Saints merged before 1845 and St. Andrew's is still a separate ecclesiastical parish. William White's Directory of 1845 provides some explanation. All three ecclesiastical parishes plus the hamlet of Eastmore have been redirected here.

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