Santon Warren

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  1. Name of Warren: SANTON

  1. Name of Warren Lodge/s

In Register of Thetford Priory c 1500 Santon Lodge

1840 marked on maps as Field Barn

NRO CHC 456079

  1. Earliest documented date for the main warren lodge


Register of Thetford Priory f.31v

  1. Earliest documented date for additional /seasonal warren lodges

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  1. Documentary evidence for the main lodge

Repairs carried out 1499/1500

RTP f31v

  1. Documentary evidence for additional/seasonal lodges

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  1. Documentary evidence for a clapper (area set aside for the breeding does)

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  1. Documentary evidence for trapping banks

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  1. Documentary evidence for gates where highways crossed the banks

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  1. Documentary evidence of warreners, their families and way of life, such as wills and inventories. Please give summary details and highlight those documents of particular importance

Census returns:

1841 no mention of occupations

1851 Field Barn House occ. by Abraham Gibbons , 36, gamekeeper

1861 and 1871 no warreners

1881 Field Barn House occ. by Wm. Little, Ag Lab

1891 Alfred Adams, boarder, warrener* aged 17,

lodging with Richard Dickerson, 28 gamekeeper.

1901 and 1911 included with Santon Downham census, so cannot tell which entries refer to Santon

  • Warrener crossed out on the census record, and gamekeeper written by a different hand.

Parish Records

Baptisms 1813-1900

25.12.1824 Hannah, dr of Wm Towler, warrener and Dorcas

28.10.1855 Elizabeth, Mary and Harriet, drs of Matthew Fincham, warrener, and Susan

7.5.1875 Frederick Walter, son of Walter Want warrener, and Agnes

Abode: St Peter’s Thetford

Marriages 1844-1912

21.10.1893 Charles Gee, warrener, 22 bachelor living at Santon Downham to Mary Ann Elizabeth Talbot aged 20


WSRO FL665/1/1


  1. Documentary evidence for sheep or other livestock sharing the warren with the rabbits

1498/9 Shepherds at Santon received food from those who leased the manor

1499/1500 ditto

1500/1 ditto

Sheepwalk 800 acres

1850 Whole parish was arable and sheepwalk tithe commutation value £80

RTP f.26v

RTP f34v

RTP f43r

WSRO FL665/3/8

Tithe map and award

  1. Documentary evidence for crop-growing to feed the rabbits, such as rectangular enclosures

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  1. Information on trapping methods

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  1. Documentary evidence of the effect of Enclosures on the warren, such as tree-planting or shelter belts

1797 Fadens’ map of Santon warren shows a more extensive area than Bryant’s map of 1826. Bryant shows the northern area of the warren crisscrossed by 8 ne-sw and 3 wnw-ese shelter belts.

1866 Santon- Parish is chiefly heath and plantation abounding with game. Chief crops are rye and turnips

Faden 1797

Kelly’s directory Norfolk 1866

  1. Any other relevant information

Abstract of title Downham Hall estate 1871

Warren called Santon Farm 1030 acres

1535 Prior Ixworth leased out the warren at Santon; he deliberately retained his right to hunt “ for the pleasure when it shall please the said Prior to have his sporte and game there.”


Register of Thetford Priory p52