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Houghton St Giles is about 3 miles N. of Fakenham.
It is also known as Houghton in the Dale, Houghton in the Hole, and Houghton next Walsingham.
It is the location of the Roman Catholic Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham.
See also Houghton, Houghton on the Hill Helhoughton, and Little Walsingham.


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Church Directories

Church History

Church of St Giles
Description and pictures.
Church of St Giles
Services, etc.
Linnell, Charles L.S.
A Short Guide to St Mary's, Little Walsingham with St Giles', Houghton and St Peter's, Great Walsingham.
[Fakenham, Lancaster Press, 1960s]
Winter, C.J.W.
Houghton in the Dale Rood Screen.
The Roman Catholic Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham
History, shrines, maps, pictures, etc.
The Roman Catholic Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham
Slipper Chapel, Chapel of Reconciliation, and Chapel of the Holy Spirit
Description and pictures.
The Anglican Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham is at Little Walsingham

Church Records

Archdeacons' Transcripts
Baptisms 1729-1812, Marriages 1729-1811 and Burials 1729-1812.
[Parish Register Transcription Society, Dart Series, 2000?]
These are not included in Boyd's Marriage Index or Phillimore's Marriage Registers.
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Civil Registration

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

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Description and Travel

Jepson, F.M.
Guide to Little Walsingham, Great Walsingham and Houghton-in-the-Hole.
[London, Jarrold and Sons, 1900s]
Houghton St Giles Smock Mill
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Historical Geography

Houghton St Giles is in North Greenhoe Hundred.
Parish outline and location.
See Parish Map for North Greenhoe Hundred
Description of North Greenhoe Hundred
1845: White's History, Gazetteer, and Directory of Norfolk

Land and Property

See Great Walsingham
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Modern and Historical Maps
Maps of the parish.

Military Records

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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.

1861 Census
"The decrease of population in most of the parishes comprising the Walsingham sub-district, and especially in the parishes of Houghton-in-the-Hole and North Barsham, is attributed to migration and want of sufficient cottage accommodation."

Voting Registers

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October 2008