Fonds DN/DIS - Diocese of Norwich: Dissenters

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Diocese of Norwich: Dissenters


  • 1567-1852 (Creation)

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The Diocese of Norwich was established when Bishop Herbert de Losinga transferred the see from Thetford to Norwich in 1095 or 1096. At that time the diocese contained Norfolk (except Emneth, which was in the diocese of Ely), Suffolk (except for parishes in the peculiar deanery of Bocking) and part of south-east Cambridgeshire. This remained the case until 1837 when the Cambridgeshire portion along with the Archdeaconry of Sudbury (comprising West Suffolk) and the Liberty of Bury St Edmunds passed to the Diocese of Ely. In 1914 the Archdeaconry of Suffolk (except the deanery of Lothingland, i.e., the area around Lowestoft in north-east Suffolk), became part of the newly-created Diocese of St Edmundsbury and Ipswich whilst at the same time the Fincham and Lynn Marshland deaneries were transferred to the Diocese of Ely.

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Certificates and Registers of meeting houses, returns of papists and Anglicans and dissenters, Census of strangers' churches in Norwich and King's Lynn. By the 1689 Toleration Act, Protestant dissenters were entitled to register their meeting houses with the bishop, the Quarter Sessions or their local archdeaconary. Applications to register took the form of certificates of the locations of these meeting places. By the 1812, Act certificates of registration became compulsory until 1855 (1852-1855 certificates issued by the Registrar General).

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Records of dissenters can also be found amongst the Norwich City Records, case 13. For applications to register meeting houses in the archdeaconry of Norfolk, 1689-1748, see ANF 10/3. For certificates, 1736-1765, see DN/FCB 2. For certificates of meeting houses, 1758-1770, see DN/ACB 10/3. See also DN/VSM 5-6, 9 for religious census.

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