- 15th century-19th century (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.
They are believed to be deeds collected from the offices of various local solicitors early in the 1939-45 war for preservation, instead of being sent for pulping. They were then put with the records of the Diocese when these were evacuated for safety during the war and became inextricably mixed with them.
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These deeds do not relate to ecclesiastical property except in a very few instances.
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This is a very rough list of the parishes where the property to which the deeds relate was situated and must not be taken to be complete in this respect.
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- Diocese of Norwich; 1095- (Subject)
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