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Cley next the Sea is about 4 miles N.N.W. of Holt.
It is also known as Cley and as Clay.
See also Cockley Cley.


The Monumental Inscriptions in the Hundred of Holt (Walter Rye).
The parishes covered include Cley.
See Thornage
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Church Directories

Church History

Church of St Margaret
Description, history, incumbents, pictures, etc.
Church of St Margaret
Description and pictures.
Church of St Margaret
Services, etc.
Church of St Margaret
Picture of the church.
Cozens-Hardy, Basil
A short history of St Margaret's Church, Cley-next-the-Sea.
[Holt, Rounce and Wortley, 1928]
Linnell, Charles Lawrence Scruton
St Margaret's Church, Cley-Next-The-Sea.
[London, Home Words, 1959]
Linnell, Charles Lawrence Scruton
The brasses at Cley-next-the-Sea, Norfolk.
[Monumental Brass Society Transactions, vol.8, part.5, 1947]
Micklethwaite, J.T.
A note on the Church of Cley.
[Norwich, Norfolk and Norwich Archaeological Society, in "Norfolk Archaeology", vol.15, 1904]
Rose, Edwin J.; and Pooley, Graham
A medieval wallpainting from Cley-next-the-Sea.
[Norwich, Norfolk and Norwich Archaeological Society, in "Norfolk Archaeology", vol.37, 1980]

Church Records

These are not included in Boyd's Marriage Index or Phillimore's Marriage Registers.
See also Norfolk Parish Links: Church Records

Civil Registration

For the civil registration of births, marriages and deaths between 1837 and 1930 (and for the censuses from 1851 to 1901), Cley was in Erpingham Registration District.

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Description and Travel

Description, pictures, parish council, etc.
Buttercup Joe
The 1953 floods at Cley, Salthouse and Blakeney.
[Buttercup Publishing, 1992]
Buttercup Joe
Buttercup's war at Cley-next-the-Sea, 1931-1945.
Starr, Freda
Cley village memories.
[Blakeney, Red House Books, 1989]
Starr, Freda
Some old Cley characters.
[Blakeney, Red House Books, 1992]
Starr, Freda
A village shop.
[ISBN 0947681558, Cley-next-the-Sea, Anglia Television Bygones, 1994]
Stephenson, Frank
The story of Cley-next-the-sea, with a brief commentary on the church of St Margaret.
[Blakeney, The Maritime Boatshop, 1977]
Cley Post Mill
Description and map.
Cley Tower Mill
Description, history and pictures.
No author
Blakeney Langham Morston Cley Wiveton: Festival year 1951.
(Festival of Britain 1951)
[ISBN 0951832816, 1951?]
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Historical Geography

Cley is in Holt Hundred.
Parish outline and location.
See Parish Map for Holt Hundred
Description of Holt Hundred
1845: White's History, Gazetteer, and Directory of Norfolk


Brooks, Peter F.
Cley: Living with memories of greatness.
[ISBN 0946148074, North Walsham, Poppyland Publishing, 1988]
Cozens-Hardy, Basil
The maritime trade of the port of Blakeney, which included Cley and Wiveton, 1587-1590.
[Norwich, Norfolk Record Society, vol.8, 1936]
Harrison, Carey
[ISBN 0434313688, London, Heinemann, 1991]
Hooton, Jonathan
The maritime trade and decline of the port of Blakeney and Cley, 1500-1900.
[Norwich, 1973]
Hooton, Jonathan
The Glaven Ports: A maritime history of Blakeney, Cley and Wiveton, in north Norfolk.
[ISBN 0951832816, Blakeney, Blakeney History Group, 1996]
Longcroft, Adam
Fire damage in a rural community: the case of Cley-next-the-sea.
[Vernacular Architecture, vol.26, 1995]
Mellor, Derick
The Glaven Valley: Historical Jottings.
[Cromer, Cheverton and Son, 1989]
Mellor, Derick
The Glaven Valley: Further Historical Jottings.
(Compiled by Marjorie Missen).
[Blakeney?, 1994]

Land and Property

Great Britain: Statute
Cley Inclosure Act, 1821.
An act for inclosing lands in the parish of Cley-next-the-Sea, in the county of Norfolk, and for embanking and draining parts of the said lands, and lands in the parish of Wiveton in the said county.
[London, George Eyre and Andrew Strahan, 1821]
See also Field Dalling
See also Norfolk Parish Links: Land and Property


Modern and Historical Maps
Maps of the parish.

Military Records

Roll of Honour
World Wars 1 and 2.
See also Norfolk Parish Links: Military Records

Poorhouses, Poor Law, etc


These figures are from the population tables which were produced after the 10-yearly national censuses. The "Families" heading includes families and single occupiers.

Year   Inhabited
Families Population
Year   Inhabited
Families Population

There may be more people living in detached parts of the parish (if there were any) and, if so, the number may or may not be included in the figures above. It is quite difficult to be sure from the population tables.

1851 Census
"About 60 persons dwelling in Salthouse, and about 120 in Cley-next-the-Sea were only temporarily in those Parishes, in consequence of the works of the Salthouse Inclosure and Embankment in progress."
1861 Census
"The decrease of population in the parishes of Weybourne, Salthouse, and Cley-next-the-Sea is attributed to the fact that the return for 1851 included a large number of labourers who were engaged in embanking a tract of marsh land."
1901 Census
"Including Newgate."

Voting Registers

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January 2009