Roman Catholic School

Map of the centre of Oxborough

Census Records

1)  Censuses for Oxborough from 1841 to 1911.

(These copies have been made by kind permission of The National Archives)

A census of the population of England and Wales has been undertaken every ten years since 1801, with the exception of 1941. The first four of these (1801 to 1831) were numerical counts only. From 1841 names of people were recorded. From 1841 to 1901 the records comprise the census enumerator books - books in which enumerators copied information from the original returns filled out by householders. The original returns were destroyed. From 1911 the records comprise the household returns.

No census was held in 1941 because of the Second World War but a "mini-census" was held in 1939 (29th September) so that everybody could be issued with a National Identity Card.

Census records are closed to the public until they are 100 years old; hence the latest available records are for 1911.

The censuses recorded all those people present at addresses on 'census day'; the dates of these were:

1801    Tuesday 10th May                    1871    Sunday 2nd April                    1951    Sunday 8th April

1811    Monday 27th May                    1881    Sunday 3rd April                     1961    Sunday 23rd April

1821    Monday 28th May                    1891    Sunday 5th April                     1971    Sunday 25th April

1831    Sunday 29th May                     1901    Sunday 31st March                 1981    Sunday 5th April

1841    Sunday 6th June                       1911    Sunday 2nd April                     1991    Sunday 21st April

1851    Sunday 30th March                 1921    Sunday 19th June                     2001    Sunday 29th April

1861    Sunday 7th April                      1931    Sunday 26th April *                  2011    Sunday 27th March

*  -  The records for 1931have been lost; they were destroyed in a fire in the government building in which they were housed

The records for 1841 provided minimal information - place, address (often a very vague description, especially in rural areas, such as "Village" or "Main Street"), name, age (instructions to enumerators were to round this up to the nearest five years for adults but these were not always followed), occupation and whether born in the same county or born in Scotland, Ireland or Foreign Parts.

The records for 1851 to 1901 provided more information. This was generally the same for all these years but towards the end of this period included extra items such as whether a person was an employer or employed and the number of rooms in the household. Information provided was place, address (slightly less vague than 1841 but often still not including house number), name, relationship to the head of the family (son, daughter, father, servant, boarder, etc), condition as to marriage, age last birthday, occupation, where born and any infirmity.

The records for 1911 (the household returns) gave address, name, relationship to the head of the family, age last birthday, whether single, married or widowed, completed years of marriage, total children born alive, children still living, children who have died, occupation, industry or service in which employed, whether employer, worker or working on own account, whether working at home, birthplace, nationality and any infirmity. They also recorded the number of rooms in the dwelling.

Click on the images below to see four examples of census records.

​​Baptism, Marriage and Burial Registers

1) Copies of originals and typed transcript of the first Oxborough parish register 1538 to 1743

This register of baptisms, marriages and burials was first transcribed by Arthur Bedingfeld and has been copied with the kind permission of the Norfolk Record Office (ref: PD 139/7).

2) Archbishop's Transcripts (copies of the parish registers, baptisms, marriages and burials), 1725 to 1811 for St John's Church, Oxborough [with an index of names]

These are copies taken from the website Family Search and have been transcribed by Kelvin Smith.

3) Baptisms (1813 to 1998) and Burials (1813 to 1985) for St John's Church, Oxborough.

These are copies of the parish records for St John's Church covering baptisms and burials. The original records were copied by John O'Dwyer, Churchwarden, 1992 to 2013.

​4) Catholic Baptismal Register (1791 to 1811).

​This has been extracted from Miscellanea volume 6, The Bedingfeld Papers, published by the Catholic Record Society.

​Oxborough History Group


Manorial Records

Wide range of (digital) copies of records from Oxburgh Hall, courtesy of Sir Henry Paston Bedingfeld.

These include:

  • Oxborough during the reign of Henry VII (in Latin)
  • Court Leets
  • Sequestration 1654
  • Thomas Marwood's Rental Book (1697-1704), which provides detailed information of tenant farmers, housing and other matters
  • Survey of Workmen in 1830
  • 19th century rentals
  • Leases and Deeds
  • Auction Catalogue 1951 and related papers

Family Records

Various papers relating to Oxborough families, including:

  • Akers
  • Bird
  • English
  • Greef
  • Lambert
  • Rumble
  • Shales
  • Starling
  • Trundle

Schools Records

Copies of the daily record of events at both of the Oxborough schools - Hewar's Church of England School (1910 to 1964) and Roman Catholic School (1879 to 1925).

(Copies of these records have been made by kind permission of the Norfolk Record Office, refs C/ED 2/169 and C/ED 2/60)

Click on the images below to see examples of entries.

  Field Book entry for Hall Farm, Oxborough

Click on the image to see a larger version.




The Group has a large collection of material relating to the village. Click on the button below to see a full list of holdings.

2)  Catholic Census

This is a census of the Catholic inhabitants of Oxborough taken each year between 1798 and 1804. The information has been extracted from Miscellanea volume 6, The Bedingfeld Papers, published by the Catholic Record Society

Hewar's School


Farming Records

1) Copies of maps and survey forms for Oxborough from the Ministry of Agriculture Farm Survey of 1948, showing farm tenants, crops and produce.

2) Copies of Hall Farm Labour and Wages Accounts for various years between 1913 and 1930, giving a daily account of employees, work undertaken and wages paid; also details of sales, purchases and care of animals.

Example of the Archbishop's transcript for 1727

Some examples of the documents are described below:

Valuation Office records 1910 - 1915

Maps and Field Books covering Oxborough.

(These copies have been made by kind permission of The National Archives)

​In 1910 the Government undertook a valuation of all property in England and Wales. This was initiated by the Finance Act 1909/10 which provided for the levy and collection of a duty on the incremental value of all land in the United Kingdom. The value of property at 30th April 1909 (the "datum line") was assessed and a second site value was to be taken on the occasion of any subsequent sale or grant of lease, transfer of interest or death of a land owner; the difference allowed for the calculation of the duty. The scheme was abolished in 1920.

The valuation undertaking produced maps and field books. The maps (25 inches to 1 mile) show assessment numbers for each property owned and the field books describe this property in some detail (owner, occupier, value, description of buildings, etc).