Place:Shelton, Norfolk, England

Alt namesSceltunasource: Domesday Book (1985) p 194
Shelton and Hardwicksource: parish name since 1974
TypeParish (ancient), Civil parish
Coordinates52.466°N 1.271°E
Located inNorfolk, England
See alsoDepwade Hundred, Norfolk, Englandhundred in which it was located
Depwade Rural, Norfolk, Englandrural district in which it was located 1894-1974
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 Shelton from John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales of 1870-72:

"SHELTON, a parish, with a village, in Depwade [registration] district, Norfolk; 3¾ miles E by S of Forncett [railway] station, and 5¼ N by W of Harleston. Post town: Long Stratton. Acres: 1,292. Real property: £2,260. Population: 192. Houses: 43. The property is divided chiefly among three. The living is a rectory, united with Hardwick, in the diocese of Norwich. Value: £650. Patron: B. Frank, Esq. The church is good; and there is a national school."

As can be seen by the above quotation, even in 1870 there were links between Shelton and Hardwick. In 1935 Hardwick was abolished as a civil parish and absorbed into Shelton. With the alteration to municipal structure in 1974, the combined parish was renamed Shelton and Hardwick. This is the parish that Wikipedia describes below:

the following text is based on an article in Wikipedia

Shelton and Hardwick is a civil parish in the South Norfolk District of Norfolk, made up of the villages of Shelton and Hardwick. It lies about 3 km south-east of Long Stratton, about 6 km north of Harleston and 10 km west of Bungay. It covers an area of 8.90 km2 (3.44 sq mi) and had a population of 283 in 107 households at the 2001 UK census, increasing the population at the 2011 UK census to 298.

Hardwick has a church (which is famous locally for its ruined tower), as well as several farms and a substantial amount of housing. It was also home to a Royal Air Force airfield, which was used by the United States Army Air Forces during World War II.

Research Tips

  • GENUKI provides a list of references for Shelton. Some entries lead to free online transcriptions of registers and censuses.
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