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Little Ouse is about 17 miles S. of King's Lynn.
It was formed in 1866, from Feltwell Anchor, Feltwell Fen Farms and Redmere, and detached and outlying parts of Feltwell and Hilgay in Norfolk, and part of Littleport in Cambridgeshire.
Redmere may also be spelled Redmore and Redmoor. It was transferred to Cambridgeshire between 1892 and 1896.
See also Feltwell, Hilgay, Hockwold, and Littleport.
Little Ouse is also the name of a river.

Cemeteries

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Census

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Church Directories

Church History

Church of St John
Description and picture.

Church Records

Marriages
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 1866 and 1930 (and for the censuses from 1871 to 1901), Little Ouse may have been in Ely Registration District, Feltwell Anchor was in Thetford Registration District and Redmere was in Ely Registration District.

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Description and Travel

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Directories

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Historical Geography

In 1883 Little Ouse may have been in Ely hundred, Feltwell Anchor was in Grimshoe hundred, and Redmere was in Clackclose hundred.
Parish outline and location.
See Parish Map for Grimshoe Hundred
Description of Grimshoe Hundred
1845: White's History, Gazetteer, and Directory of Norfolk
Description of Clackclose Hundred
1845: White's History, Gazetteer, and Directory of Norfolk

History

Description, history, people, pictures, etc, of Little Ouse
and other parishes near Downham Market.
Shaw, Christopher
Fordham, Hilgay and Ten Mile Bank, Little Ouse, Ryston and Roxham, Southery: a brief history for local and family historians.
[Spindrift Print and Publishing, Series: Downham Market and around: Book 1, 2009]

Land and Property

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Maps

Modern and Historical Maps
Maps of the parish.

Military Records

Roll of Honour for Little Ouse
World War 1.
Roll of Honour for Redmere
World War 1.
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Poorhouses, Poor Law, etc

Population

These figures are from the population tables which were produced after the 10-yearly national censuses. The "Families" heading includes families and single occupiers. The figures for Little Ouse for 1881, 1891 and 1901 are from Kelly's and White's directories.

Little Ouse   Feltwell Anchor   Redmere
Year   Inhabited
Houses
Families Pop'n
1861--------
1871190--1018
1881-----  921
1891-----  924
1901-----  892
1911--------
 
Year   Inhabited
Houses
Families Pop'n
186113--70
1871121261
1881101047
1891  8  857
1901111264
1911--1166
 
Year   Inhabited
Houses
Families Pop'n
18615--18
18715534
18818839
18919944
1901------
1911------

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 for Feltwell Anchor
"Feltwell Anchor and Feltwell Fen Farms, described as extra-parochial, and returned with the parish of Feltwell St. Mary and St. Nicholas [in 1851?], are presumed to be subject to the provisions of the Act 20 Vict.c.19."
There were 11 inhabited houses and 62 people in Feltwell Anchor, and 2 inhabited houses and 8 people in Feltwell Fen Farms, "viz.:- Wood's and Jacob's".
1861 Census for Redmere
"Redmore, described as extra-parochial, and returned with Hockwold-cum-Wilton in 1851, is presumed to be subject to the provisions of the Act 20 Vict.c.19."
1871 Census for Little Ouse
Of the 190 inhabited houses, 88 were in Littleport in Cambridgeshire.
Of the population of 1018, 459 were in Littleport.
1901 Census for Little Ouse
Of the population of 892, 459 were in the Isle of Ely.
1901 Census for Redmere
Redmere had been transferred to Cambridgeshire between 1892 and 1896.

Voting Registers

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March 2016