Fonds DN/REG - Diocese of Norwich: Institution Registers

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Diocese of Norwich: Institution Registers


  • 1299-2014 (Creation)

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49 volumes

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Administrative history

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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Received by the Norfolk Record Office on unknown dates and DN/REG 35 on 3 October 1990.

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The Registers of the Bishops containing principally institutions to benefices but also other matters such as ordinations, commissions, letters dimissory, licences and copies of other letters and documents. This list is not an exhaustive survey of the contents of each volume.

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The index volume, 1299-1608, (DN/REG 17) refers to institutions and other matters recorded in the registers for 1299-1608, except those for 1425-1445 (DN/REG 5 books 9 and 10).

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Please use microfilm copies where available.

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For a detailed list of contents for each volume and details of relevant records held elsewhere, see David M. Smith, 'Guide to Bishops' Registers of England and Wales' (London, 1981).

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Created 02/02/2005 by Droip. Modified 17/07/2019 by Droip.


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