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Norfolk: Church Administration Areas Directory

Introduction

The Church of England played an important role in the community over matters both ecclesiatical and secular from the 1300s until its power was diminished in the 1800s with the advent of the General Register Office, Poor Law Reform, Will probate changes etc.

The areas of land over which the church, its courts and officials presided over are known as ecclesiatical jurisdictions.

These areas were generally based on grouping Parishes together to form a Deanery which themselves are formed into Archdeaconries overseen by a court (see later).

The items covered included Parish Registers, Bishop's and Archdeacon's transcripts, church maintenance, poor relief etc. at a local level through to the issuing of Marriage licences and Will probate (before 1858).

This directory gives the church court for each parish in which records should be searched for in the first instance.


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Copyright © Mike Bristow.
January 2010


History

By the 1300s England had been split up for ecclesiatical matters into two areas (called Provinces) each of which was headed by an Archbishop. One was the Province of Canterbury and the other the Province of York. The Archdiocese of Canterbury (the senior of the two) covered most of southern England which included all of the county of Norfolk.

Each Archdiocese contains a number of dioceses (also known as sees) each of which was headed by a Bishop.

The diocese of Norwich covered the Counties of Norfolk and Suffolk and parts of Cambridgeshire until 1837 (under the Jurisdiction of the Bishop of Norwich).

At this point in time the Norwich diocese:-

Each diocese was split further into Archdeaconries (overseen by an Archdeacon) and Peculiars (normally answerable directly to the Bishop or his representative) all of which held their own courts. Archdeaconries did not cover specific areas of the county, such as east and west, but rather a number of groups of parishes (as will be seen later). Similarly Peculiars covered a few parishes which were very often spread far and wide about the diocese.

Each Archdeaconry consisted of a number of Deaneries.

Each parish was in either a Deanery and therefore in the Archdeaconry of which the Deanery was a part, or less often in a Peculiar, for matters which required church administration.

This gives a tiered structure of the following form:-

                     Archdiocese
                          |
                       Diocese
                          |
                  +-------+--------+
                  |                |
            Archdeaconry        Peculiar
                  |                |
               Deanery             |
                  |                |
                Parish          Parish

Diocese of Norwich

This consisted of the following Archdeaconries and Peculiars and reflects the situation up to 1857:-

Other Peculiars in Norfolk but NOT in the Diocese of Norwich.

Other Peculiars in Suffolk and Cambs surrounded by, but NOT in the Diocese of Norwich.

Notes on the Diocese of Norwich


From the following lists search for the parishes where the parties lived, owned land etc. as they have a direct bearing on which church courts records to search first.

Map showing Deanery positions as they existed in 1857

The approximate layout of the Deaneries in the county is as follows:

                             NORTH SEA

                       County of NORFOLK
                       __         _____
                ______/  \_______/     \______     C=Cromer
L              /                              \_C__
I             /           WALSINGHAM  HOLT 1       \__
N            / HEACHAM(*)                    REPPS(*) \ 
C           /                                          \__
S KL=King's |    1     BURNHAM(*)                         \_ 
      Lynn  )                          1          WAXHAM(*) \_
     ____  /                            INGWORTH              \_
    /    \ | 3+        TOFTREES                                 \
   /      KL                    SPARHAM   TAVERHAM          1    \_
 _/ LYNN      LYNN    BRISLEY                  1+          FLEGG   \
|                                             -N- 2                 \
|                                          NORWICH   BLOFIELD       |
 \_                           HINGHAM(*)       1+               __  |
C  \5                                                          /  \ |
A  |  FINCHAM(*)                        HUMBLEYARD(*)          |   GY 
M  |               4 BRECCLES                        BROOKE(*)  \ 
B  |                                    DEPWADE(*)           __  ) GY=Great
S  \_____ CRANWICH(*)                                 /\____/  \_) Yarmouth 
         \                 ROCKLAND(*)                |
          \        _______                           /
           \______/      /THETFORD    REDENHALL(*)  / -N- = City of 
                        T___________            ___/        Norwich 
             T=Thetford             \___D______/     D=Diss
                                                               LOTHINGLAND
    6 7                          County of SUFFOLK                

   FORDHAM     BLACKBOURN   HARTISMERE    HOXNE    SOUTH    WANGFORD
       8                                           ELMHAM

Notes on the map above:-



Norwich Archdeaconry

- Deaneries follow with parishes contained in each:


Blofield Deanery

  Acle, Beighton, Blofield, Braydeston (or Bradeston), Brundall, Buckenham, Burlingham North (Burlingham St. Andrew & St. Peter), Burlingham South (Burlingham St. Edmund), Cantley, Fishley, Freethorpe, Halvergate, Hassingham, Hemblington, Limpenhoe, Lingwood, Little Plumstead, Moulton, Postwick, Ranworth-with-Panxworth, Reedham, South Walsham St. Lawrence, South Walsham St. Mary, Southwood, Strumpshaw, Thorpe St Matthew (1852), Tunstall, Upton, Wickhampton, Witton (near Blofield), Woodbastwick.
 
  Books see Brisley.


Breccles Deanery

  Ashill, Breccles (Breckles), Carbrooke, Caston, Griston, Little Ellingham, Merton, Ovington, Saham Toney, Scoulton, Stow-Bedon, Thompson, Threxton, Tottington, Watton.
 
  Books see Brisley.


Brisley Deanery

  Beeston next Mileham, Beetley, Brisley, East Bilney, East Lexham, Gateley, Great Dunham, Great Fransham, Gressenhall, Horningtoft, Kempston, Litcham, Little Bittering, Little Dunham, Little Fransham, Longham, Mileham, North Elmham, Oxwick, Pattesley, Rougham, Scarning, Stanfield, Swanton Morley, Tittleshall, Weasenham All Saints, Weasenham St. Peter, Wellingham, Wendling, West Lexham, Whissonsett, Worthing.

Books

Carthew, George Alfred
The hundred of Launditch and deanery of Brisley, in the county of Norfolk: evidences and topographical notes. 3 volumes.
[Norwich: printed by Miller & Leavins, 1877-1879]
Caddy, Thomas
The ecclesiologist's guide to the deaneries of Brisley, Hingham, Breccles, & Waxton [sic], together with Flegg and Blofield deaneries; by the author of "Sketches for an ecclesiology," &c.
[London: J. Masters, (18--?)]

Flegg Deanery

  Ashby, Billockby, Burgh St. Margaret & St. Mary, Caister next Yarmouth, Clippesby, East Somerton, Filby, Great Yarmouth, Hemsby, Mautby, Oby, Ormesby St. Margaret, Ormesby St. Michael, Repps with Bastwick, Rollesby, Runham, Scratby, Stokesby with Herringby, Thurne (or Thirne), Thrigby, West Somerton, Winterton.
 
  Books see Brisley.


Holt Deanery

  Bale (or Bathley), Bayfield, Blakeney, Bodham, Briningham, Brinton, Briston, Cley-next-the-Sea, Edgefield, Field Dalling, Glandford, Gunthorpe, Hempstead (by Holt), Holt, Hunworth, Kelling, Langham, Letheringsett, Melton Constable with Burgh Parva, Morston, Salthouse, Saxlingham, Sharrington, Stody, Swanton Novers, Thornage, Weybourne, Wiveton.


Ingworth Deanery

  Alby, Aylsham, Baconsthorpe, Banningham, Barningham Parva, Belaugh, Blickling, Booton, Brampton, Burgh-next-Aylsham, Buxton, Calthorpe, Cawston, Colby, Corpusty, Erpingham, Hautbois-Magna, Hevingham, Heydon, Ingworth, Irmingland, Itteringham, Lammas with Little Hautbois, Mannington, Marsham, Oulton, Oxnead, Saxthorpe, Scottow, Skeyton, Stratton Strawless, Swanton Abbot, Thwaite All Saints, Tuttington, Wickmere, Wolterton.


Lynn Deanery

  Anmer, Ashwicken, Babingley, Bawsey, Castle Acre, Central Wingland, Clenchwarton, Congham, Dersingham, East Walton, East Winch, Flitcham cum Appleton, Gayton, Gayton Thorpe, Gaywood, Great Massingham, Grimstone, Harpley, Hillington, Islington, Leziate, Little Massingham, Lynn All Saints (South Lynn), Lynn St. Margaret, Lynn St. Nicholas, Lynn St John (1846), Middleton, Mintlyn, North Runcton, Pentney, Sandringham, Setchey, St Edmund (North Lynn), St. Peter (West Lynn), Terrington St. Clement, Terrington St. John, Tilney St. Lawrence, Tilney All Saints, Walpole St. Andrew, Walpole St. Peter, Walsoken, West Bilney, West Newton, West Walton, West Winch, West Acre, Wiggenhall St. German, Wiggenhall St. Mary Magdalen, Wiggenhall St. Mary the Virgin, Wiggenhall St. Peter, Wolverton (or Wolferton).


Norwich Deanery

contains the following parishes in the City of Norwich:-
  All Saints, Lakenham St Mark (1845), New Catton Christ Church (1842) St. Andrew, St. Augustus, St. Benedict, St. Clement, St. Edmund, St. Etheldred, St. George Colegate, St. George Tombland, St. Giles, St. Gregory, St. John Maddermarket, St. John Sepulchre, St. John Timberhill, St. Julian, St. Lawrence, St. Margaret, St. Martin-at-Oak, St. Martin-at-Palace, St. Mary-at-Coslany, St. Michael-at-Coslany (St. Miles), St. Michael-at-Plea, St. Michael-at-Thorn, St. Peter Hungate, St. Peter Mancroft, St. Peter-per-Mountergate (Parmentergate), St. Peter Southgate, St. Saviour, St. Simon & St. Jude, St. Stephen, St. Swithin
 
and the following areas of Norwich:-
  Liberty of the Town Close (ex par.), Carrow, Trowse Millgate & Bracondale (see also Trowse with Newton).


Sparham Deanery (from 1846)

  Alderford, Bawdeswell, Billingford (near East Dereham), Bintree (Bintry), Brandistone, Bylaugh, Elsing, Foulsham, Foxley, Great Witchingham, Guestwick, Guist, Hackford by Reepham, Haveringland, Kerdiston, Little Witchingham, Lyng, Morton-on-the-Hill, Reepham, Ringland, Salle, Sparham, Swannington, Thelmelthorpe, Thurning, Twyford, Weston Longville, Whitwell, Wood Dalling, Wood Norton.


Taverham Deanery

  Attlebridge, Belaugh, Beeston St. Andrew, Coltishall, Crostwick, Drayton, Felthorpe, Frettenham, Hainford, Hellesdon, Horsford, Horsham St. Faith's, Horstead with Stanninghall, Newton St. Faith's, Rackheath, Salhouse, Spixworth, Taverham, Wroxham.


Thetford Deanery

  Thetford St. Cuthbert, Thetford St. Mary (SFK), Thetford St. Peter.


Toftrees Deanery

  Colkirk, East Rainham (or Rainham St. Mary), Great Ryburgh, Helhoughton, Pudding Norton, Shereford (Sheringford), South Rainham (or Rainham St. Martin), Testerton, Toftrees, West Rainham (or Rainham St. Margaret).


Walsingham Deanery

  Barney, Binham, Cockthorpe, Egmere, Great Snoring, Great Walsingham, Hindringham, Holkham, Houghton-in-the-Dale (Houghton St Giles), Little Walsingham, Quarles, Stiffkey, Thursford, Warham All Saints, Warham St. Mary, Wells-next-the-Sea, Wighton.


--- End of Deaneries in Archdeaconry of Norwich ---

Norfolk Archdeaconry

- Deaneries follow with parishes contained in each:

Brooke Deanery

  Aldeby, Alpington, Ashby, Bedingham, Bergh Apton, Bixley, Bramerton, Broome, Brooke, Burgh St. Peter, Caistor St.Edmunds, Carleton St. Peter, Chedgrave, Claxton, Ditchingham, Ellingham, Framingham Earl, Framingham Pigot, Geldeston, Gillingham All Saints & Gillingham St. Mary, Haddiscoe, Hales, Hardley, Heckingham, Hedenham, Hillington (or Hellington), Holverstone, Howe, Kirby Bedon, Kirby Cane, Kirstead with Langhale, Langley, Loddon, Mundham, Norton Subcourse, Poringland Great (or East), Poringland Little (or West), Raveningham, Rockland St. Mary, Saxlingham-Thorpe & Nethergate, Seething, Shotesham All Saints (Shottesham All Saints), Shotesham St. Mary & St. Martin (Shottesham St. Mary), Stoke Holy Cross, Sisland, Stockton, Surlingham, Thorpe next Haddiscoe, Thurlton, Thurton, Thwaite St. Mary, Toft Monks, Topcroft, Wheatacre All Saints, Whitlingham, Woodton, Yelverton.


Burnham Deanery

  Alethorpe (ex. par.), Bagthorpe, Barmer, Broomsthorpe, Burnham-Deepdale, Burnham-Norton, Burnham-Overy, Burnham Sutton-cum-Burnham Ulph, Burnham-Thorpe, Burnham-Westgate, Dunton-cum-Doughton, East Barsham, East Rudham, Fakenham (or Fakenham Lancaster), Fulmodeston cum Croxton, Hempton, Kettlestone, Little Ryburgh, Little Snoring, New Houghton, North Barsham, North Creake, Pensthorpe, Sculthorpe, South Creake, Stibbard, Syderstone, Tatterford, Tattersett, Testerton, Waterden, West Barsham, West Rudham.


Cranwich Deanery

  Bodney, Buckenham Tofts (or Buckenham Parva), Caldecote, Cockley-Cley, Colveston, Cranwich, Croxton (near Thetford), Didlington, East Bradenham, Feltwell St. Mary & St. Nicholas, Foulden, Gooderstone, Hilborough, Hockwold cum Wilton, Holme Hale, Houghton-on-the-Hill, Igborough, Langford, Little Cressingham, Lynford, Methwold, Mundford, Narborough (Narburgh), Narford, Necton, Newton by Castleacre, North Pickenham, Northwold, Oxborough, Santon, South Pickenham, Southacre, Sporle with Palgrave, Stanford, Sturston, Swaffham, Weeting with Bromehill, West Bradenham, West Tofts.


Depwade Deanery

  Ashwellthorpe, Aslacton, Bunwell, Carleton-Rode, Forncett St. Mary, Forncett St. Peter, Fritton, Fundenhall, Great Moulton, Hapton, Hardwick, Hempnall, Morningthorpe, Shelton, Stratton St.Mary, Stratton St.Michael, Tacolneston(e), Tasburgh, Tharston, Tibenham, Wacton.


Fincham Deanery

  Barton Bendish, Beechamwell, Bexwell, Boughton, Crimplesham, Denver, Downham Market, Fincham, Fordham, Hilgay, Holme next Runcton, Marham, Outwell, Roxham, Ryston, Shingham, Shouldham, Shouldham-Thorpe, South Runcton, Southery, Stoke Ferry, Stow-Bardolph, Stradsett, Tottenhill, Upwell, Wallington cum Thorpland, Watlington, Welney, Wereham, West Dereham, Wimbotsham, Wormegay, Wretton.


Heacham Deanery

  Bagthorpe, Barwick, Bircham Newton, Bircham Tofts, Brancaster, Choseley, Docking, Fring, Great Bircham, Great Ringstead, Heacham, Holme-next-the-Sea, Hunstanton, Ingoldisthorpe, Shernborne, Snettisham, Stanhoe, Thornham, Titchwell.


Hingham Deanery

  Barford, Barnham-Broom, Bawburgh, Bowthorpe, Brandon Parva, Carleton-Forehoe, Colton, Costessey (or Cossey), Coston, Cranworth, Crownthorpe, Deopham, East Dereham, East Tuddenham, Easton, Garvestone, Hackford, Hardingham, Hingham, Hockering, Hoe, Honingham, Kimberley, Letton, Marlingford, Mattishall, Mattishall Burgh, Morley St. Botolph, Morley St. Peter, North Tuddenham, Reymerston, Runhall, Shipdham, Southburgh, Thuxton, Welborne, Westfield, Whinbergh, Wicklewood, Wood Rising, Wramplingham, Wymondham, Yaxham.
 
  Books see Brisley.


Humbleyard Deanery

  Bracon Ash, Colney, Cringleford, Dunston, Earlham, East Carlton (East Carleton), Flordon, Heigham, Hethel, Hethersett, Intwood, Keswick, Ketteringham, Markshall, Melton Magna (Great Melton), Melton Parva (Little Melton), Mulbarton, Newton Flotman, Swainsthorpe, Swardeston, Wreningham.


Redenhall Deanery

  Alburgh, Bressingham, Billingford (near Diss), Brockdish, Burston, Denton, Dickleburgh, Diss, Earsham, Fersfield, Frenze, Gissing, Needham, Pulham St. Mary Magdalen (or Pulham Market), Pulham St. Mary-the-Virgin, Redenhall with Harleston, Roydon (near Diss), Rushall, Scole, Shelfanger, Shimpling, Starston, Thelveton (or Thelton), Thorpe Abbotts, Thorpe Parva, Tivetshall St. Margaret, Tivetshall St. Mary, Winfarthing, Wortwell.


Repps Deanery

  Aldborough, Antingham, Aylmerton, Baconsthorpe, Barningham-Norwood, Barningham Town (or Barningham-Winter), Beeston Regis, Bessingham, Cromer, East Beckham, Felbrigg, Gimingham, Gresham, Gunton, Hanworth, Knapton, Matlask(e), Metton, Mundesley (Mundsley), North Repps, Overstrand, Plumstead, Roughton, Runton, Sheringham, Sidestrand, South Repps, Suffield, Sustead, Thorpe Market, Thurgarton, Trimingham, Trunch, Upper Sheringham.


Rockland Deanery

  Attleborough, Banham, Besthorpe, Blo' Norton, Brettenham, Bridgham, East Harling, East Wretham, Eccles, Garboldisham, Gasthorpe, Great Ellingham, Great Snarehill (ex par.), Hargham, Hockham, Illington, Kenninghall, Kilverstone, Larling, Little Snarehill (ex par.), New Buckenham, North Lopham, Old Buckenham, Quiddenham (Quidenham), Riddlesworth, Rockland All Saints, Rockland St. Andrew, Rockland St. Peter, Roudham, Rushford (Rushworth), Shropham, Snetterton, South Lopham, West Harling, West Wretham, Wilby.


Sparham Deanery (up to 1846)

  Alderford, Bawdeswell, Billingford (near East Dereham), Bintree (Bintry), Brandistone, Bylaugh, Elsing, Foulsham, Foxley, Great Witchingham, Guestwick, Guist, Hackford by Reepham, Haveringland, Kerdiston, Little Witchingham, Lyng, Morton-on-the-Hill, Reepham, Ringland, Sall, Sparham, Swannington, Thelmelthorpe, Thurning, Twyford, Weston Longville, Whitwell, Wood Dalling, Wood Norton.


Waxham Deanery

  Ashmanhaugh, Bacton, Barton Turf, Beeston St. Lawrence, Bradfield, Brumstead, Catfield, Crostwight, Dilham, East Ruston, Edingthorpe, Felmingham, Happisburgh (or Hasbro'), Hempstead with Eccles (near Stalham), Hickling, Honing, Horning, Horsey-next-the-Sea, Hoveton St. John, Hoveton St. Peter, Ingham, Irstead, Lessingham, Ludham, Neatishead, North Walsham, Palling-near-the-Sea (Sea Palling), Paston, Potter Heigham, Ridlington, Sco-Ruston (or South Ruston), Sloley, Smallburgh, Stalham, Sutton, Swafield, Tunstead, Walcott, Waxham, Westwick, Witton (near North Walsham), Worstead.
 
  Books see Brisley.


--- End of Deaneries in Archdeaconry of Norfolk ---

Peculiar Jurisdictions

  - follow with parishes contained in each:


Peculiar of the Dean and Chapter of Norwich Cathedral

  Arminghall, Catton, Eaton, Great Plumstead, Hindolveston, Lakenham, Martham, Sedgeford, Sprowston, Trowse (with Newton), West Beckham
and the following parishes in Norwich :-


Bishop of Norwich's Peculiar

  Thorpe Episcopi (or Thorpe next Norwich or Thorpe St Andrew).


Peculiar of the Rector of Castle Rising

  Castle Rising, North Wootton, Roydon All Saints (near King's Lynn), South Wootton.


Peculiar of Great Cressingham

  Great Cressingham.


Peculiar of the Bishop of Ely

  Emneth.


--- End of Peculiars ---


--- Changes to the Deaneries ---


1857 - Diocese of Norwich

Peculiars were abolished and the parishes moved to Deaneries as below.

Parish Deanery Date of
move
ArminghallBrooke1847
Castle RisingLynn1847
CattonTaverham1847
EatonHumbleyard1847
Great CressinghamCranwich1847
Great PlumsteadBlofield1847
HindolvestonSparham1847
LakenhamBrooke1847
MarthamFlegg1847
North WoottonLynn1847
Norwich - St. Mary in the Marsh
  (inc Cathedral Precincts)
Norwich1847
Norwich - St. HelenNorwich1847
Norwich - St. James
  (inc. hamlet of Pockthorpe)
Norwich 1847
Norwich - St. PaulNorwich1847
EmnethWisbech1847
Roydon All Saints
  (near King's Lynn)
Lynn1847
SedgefordHeacham1847
South WoottonLynn1847
SprowstonTaverham1847
Thorpe Episcopi
  (or Thorpe next Norwich)
Blofield1847-1857?
Trowse (with Newton)
  (inc. hamlets of Trowse Millgate,
  Carrow & Bracondale)
Brooke1847
West BeckhamIngworth1847

Note - Wisbech Deanery is in the Diocese of Ely.


1866 - Diocese of Norwich

    Lynn Norfolk Deanery

  Anmer, Ashwicken, Babingley, Bawsey, Castle Acre, Castle Rising, Congham, Dersingham, East Walton, East Winch, Flitcham cum Appleton, Gayton, Gayton Thorpe, Gaywood, Great Massingham, Grimstone, Harpley, Hillington, Leziate, Little Massingham, Middleton, Mintlyn, North Runcton, North Wootton, Pentney, Roydon All Saints (near King's Lynn), Sandringham, Setchey, South Wootton, West Bilney, West Newton, West Winch, West Acre, Wolverton (or Wolferton).

    Lynn Marshland Deanery

  Central Wingland, Clenchwarton, Islington, Lynn All Saints (South Lynn), Lynn St. Margaret, Lynn St. Nicholas, Lynn St John, St Edmund (North Lynn), St. Peter (West Lynn), Terrington St. Clement, Terrington St. John, Tilney St. Lawrence, Tilney All Saints, Walpole St. Andrew, Walpole St. Peter, Walsoken, West Walton, Wiggenhall St. Germans, Wiggenhall St. Mary Magdalen, Wiggenhall St. Mary the Virgin, Wiggenhall St. Peter.

1866 - Diocese of Ely

  Little Ouse was created from parts of Hilgay, Feltwell St. Mary & St. Nicholas, Littleport (Cambs), and entire parishes of Feltwell Anchor and Redmore (Redmere) which were both extra parochial. It is in the Deanery of Ely and under the jurisdiction of the Bishop of Ely.


1870 - Diocese of Norwich

    Brooke Deanery - Eastern Division

  Aldeby, Bedingham, Broome, Burgh St. Peter, Chedgrave, Ditchingham, Ellingham, Geldeston, Gillingham All Saints & Gillingham St. Mary, Haddiscoe, Hales, Hardley, Heckingham, Hedenham, Kirby Cane,Langley, Loddon, Mundham, Norton Subcourse, Raveningham, Seething, Stockton, Thorpe next Haddiscoe, Thurlton, Thwaite St. Mary, Topcroft, Toft Monks, Wheatacre All Saints, Woodton.

    Brooke Deanery - Western Division

  Alpington, Arminghall, Ashby, Bergh Apton, Bixley, Bramerton, Brooke, Caistor St.Edmunds, Carleton St. Peter, Claxton, Framingham Earl, Framingham Pigot, Hillington (or Hellington), Holverstone, Howe, Kirby Bedon, Kirstead, Lakenham, Poringland Great (or East), Poringland Little (or West), Rockland St. Mary, Saxlingham-Thorpe & Nethergate, Shotesham All Saints, Shotesham St. Mary & St. Martin, Sisland, Stoke Holy Cross, Surlingham, Thurton, Trowse (with Newton), Whitlingham, Yelverton.

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    Cranwich Deanery - North Division

  Bodney, Cockley-Cley, East Bradenham, Great Cressingham, Hilborough, Holme Hale, Houghton-on-the-Hill, Little Cressingham, Narborough (Narburgh), Narford, Necton, Newton by Castleacre, North Pickenham, South Pickenham, Southacre, Sporle with Palgrave, Swaffham, West Bradenham.

    Cranwich Deanery - South Division

  Buckenham Tofts (or Buckenham Parva), Caldecote, Colveston, Cranwich, Croxton (near Thetford), Didlington, Feltwell St. Mary & St. Nicholas, Foulden, Gooderstone, Hockwold cum Wilton, Igborough, Langford, Lynford, Methwold, Mundford, Northwold, Oxborough, Santon, Stanford, Sturston, Weeting with Bromehill, West Tofts.

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    Hingham Deanery - Forehoe Division

  Barford, Barnham-Broom, Bawburgh, Bowthorpe, Brandon Parva, Carleton-Forehoe, Colton, Costessey (or Cossey), Coston, Crownthorpe, Deopham, Easton, Hackford (near Wymondham), Hingham, Honingham, Kimberley, Marlingford, Morley St. Botolph, Morley St. Peter, Runhall, Welborne, Wicklewood, Wramplingham, Wymondham.

    Hingham Deanery - Mitford Division

  Cranworth, East Dereham, East Tuddenham, Garvestone, Hardingham, Hockering, Hoe, Letton, Mattishall, Mattishall Burgh, North Tuddenham, Reymerston, Shipdham, Southburgh, Thuxton, Westfield, Whinbergh (Whinburgh), Wood Rising, Yaxham.

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    Waxham Deanery - Happing Division

  Barton Turf, Brumstead, Catfield, East Ruston, Happisburgh (or Hasbro'), Hempstead, Hickling, Horsey-next-the-Sea, Ingham, Irstead, Lessingham, Ludham, Palling-near-the-Sea, Potter Heigham, Ridlington, Stalham, Sutton, Walcott, Waxham.

    Waxham Deanery - Tunstead Division

  Ashmanhaugh, Bacton, Beeston St. Lawrence, Bradfield, Crostwight, Dilham, Eccles next the Sea, Edingthorpe, Felmingham, Honing, Horning, Hoveton St. John, Hoveton St. Peter, Neatishead, North Walsham, Paston, Sco-Ruston (or South Ruston), Sloley, Smallburgh, Swafield, Tunstead, Westwick, Witton (near North Walsham), Worstead.


1874 - Diocese of Norwich

  Whittington parish was created out of Northwold and added to Cranwich Deanery (South Division) in Archdeaconry of Norfolk.


1885 - Diocese of Norwich

    North Brisley and Toftrees Deanery

  Brisley, Colkirk, East Rainham (or Rainham St. Mary), Gateley, Great Ryburgh, Helhoughton, Horningtoft, Oxwick, Pudding Norton, Rougham, Shereford, South Rainham (or Rainham St. Martin), Testerton, Tittleshall, Toftrees, Weasenham All Saints, Weasenham St. Peter, Wellingham, West Rainham (or Rainham St. Margaret), Whissonsett.

    South Brisley Deanery

  Beeston next Mileham, Beetley, East Bilney, East Lexham, Great Dunham, Great Fransham, Gressenhall, Kempston, Litcham, Little Bittering, Little Dunham, Little Fransham, Longham, Mileham, North Elmham, Pattesley, Scarning, Stanfield, Swanton Morley, Wendling, West Lexham, Worthing.


1890 - Diocese of Norwich

    Ingworth Deanery - North Division

  Alby, Baconsthorpe, Banningham, Barningham Parva, Blickling, Calthorpe, Colby, Corpusty, East Beckham, Erpingham, Heydon, Ingworth, Irmingland, Itteringham, Mannington, Oulton, Saxthorpe, Thwaite All Saints, West Beckham, Wickmere, Wolterton.

    Ingworth Deanery - South Division

  Aylsham, Belaugh, Booton, Brampton, Burgh, Buxton, Cawston, Coltishall, Hautbois-Magna, Hevingham, Lammas with Little Hautbois, Marsham, Oxnead, Scottow, Skeyton, Stratton Strawless, Swanton Abbot, Tuttington.


1891 - Diocese of Norwich

    Fincham Deanery - Eastern Division

  Barton Bendish, Beechamwell, Bexwell, Boughton, Crimplesham, Denver, Downham Market, Fincham, Fordham, Hilgay, Holme next Runcton, Marham, Roxham, Ryston, Shingham, Shouldham, Shouldham-Thorpe, South Runcton, Southery, Stoke Ferry, Stow-Bardolph, Stradsett, Tottenhill, Wallington cum Thorpland, Watlington, West Dereham, Wereham, Wimbotsham, Wormegay, Wretton.

    Fincham Deanery - Western Division

  Upwell Christchurch (Camb), Outwell, Upwell St Peter, Welney.


1894 - Diocese of Norwich

The Archdeaconry of Lynn was formed from Deaneries in the Archdeaconries of Norwich and Norfolk. The county was effectively split into three distinct regions with the Archdeaconries of Norwich and Norfolk also exchanging some Deaneries.


1895 - Diocese of Norwich

  West Welney parish (formerly in Cambridgeshire) was created and added to Fincham Deanery (Western Division) in Archdeaconry of Lynn.


1896 - Diocese of Norwich

  West Downham parish created and added to Fincham Deanery (Eastern Division) in Archdeaconry of Lynn.


1904 - Diocese of Norwich

  Hunstanton St Edmund parish was created out of Hunstanton and added to Heacham Deanery in Archdeaconry of Norfolk.


1909 - Diocese of Norwich

  Nordelph parish created and added to Fincham Deanery (Western Division) in Archdeaconry of Lynn.


1914 - Diocese of Norwich


1915 - Diocese of Norwich

  New Catton St Luke parish was created out of New Catton Christ Church, Hellesdon and Catton and added to Norwich Deanery in Archdeaconry of Norfolk.


1917 - Diocese of Ely


1918 - Diocese of Norwich


1923 - Diocese of Ely

  Marshland St James parish created from Walpole St Peter and added to Lynn Marshland Deanery in the Archdeaconry of Wisbech.


1931 - Diocese of Norwich

  Deaneries were again moved around and some moved to the Diocese of Ely.


Post 1931 - Diocese of Norwich

  Further information can be found in the sources in the reference books section.


Table of Deaneries and the dates when they existed

  The table reflects the status of the Deaneries as of 1980. "IOE" is the Isle of Ely, and "WISB" is Wisbech.

Deanery Archdeaconry
of Lynn
Archdeaconry
of Norfolk
Archdeaconry
of Norwich
Archdeaconry
IOE/WISB
Blofield  -All dates-
Breccles  1918-1970  1894-1918   Up to 1894
Breckland  1970 onwards
Brisley (*)  1917-1970  Up to 1885
Brisley &
  Elmham
  1970 onwards
Brooke (*)  Up to 1970
Burnham  1894-1970  Up to 1894
Burnham &
  Walsingham
  1970 onwards
Cranwich (*)  1894-1918  Up to 1894
Depwade  -All dates-
Elmham  1918-1970
Feltwell  1917 on (WISB)
Fincham (*)  Up to 1894   1914-1917 (IOE)
  1917 on (WISB)
Flegg  -All dates-
Harling  1918-1931
Heacham  Up to 1894
Heacham &
  Rising
  1970 onwards
Hingham (*)  Up to 1970
Hingham &
  Mitford
  1970 onwards
Holt  1918 onwards  Up to 1918
Humbleyard  -All dates-
Ingworth (*)  -All dates-
Loddon  1918 onwards
Lothingland
  (in Suffolk)
  1914 onwards
Lynn  1918 onwards  Up to 1866
Lynn Marshland  1894-1914  1866-1894   1914-1917 (IOE)
  1917 on (WISB)
Lynn Norfolk  1894-1918  1866-1894
Mitford  1918-1970
North Brisley
  and Toftrees
  1894-1917   1885-1894
Norwich  Up to 1970
Norwich East  1970 onwards
Norwich West  1970 onwards
Norwich South  1970 onwards
Redenhall  -All dates-
Repps  Up to 1894  1894 onwards
Rising  1918-1970
Rockland  Up to 1970
South Brisley  1894-1917  1885-1894
Sparham  Up to 1846  1846 onwards
Swaffham  1918-1970
Taverham  Up to 1970
Thetford  1894-1964  1964-1970  Up to 1894
Thetford &
  Rockland
  1970 onwards
Toftrees  Up to 1885
Tunstead  1918 onwards
Walsingham  1894-1970  Up to 1894
Waxham (*)  Up to 1894  1894 onwards

See the next section for those Deaneries marked thus (*).


Deanery sub-division

  Some of the Deaneries were sub-divided as follows :-

Deanery Divisions or Deaneries Dates
  BrisleyNorth Brisley and
  Toftrees Deanery
  (see table above)
South Brisley
  Deanery
    1885-1917
  BrookeEastern Division Western Division    1870-1917
  CranwichNorth Division South Division    1870-1917
  FinchamEastern Division Western Division    1891-1917
  HinghamForehoe Division Mitford Division    1870-1917
  IngworthNorth Division South Division    1890-1917
  WaxhamHapping Division Tunstead Division    1870-1917

Parishes - some post 1931 Creations/Abolitions

Ref No. Parish Date Deanery Notes
 1Earlham  1938NorwichAbolished
 2Bowthorpe  1938HinghamAbolished
 3Earlham & Bowthorpe
  1938 HumbleyardCreated from 1 & 2
 4Earlham St Anne  1938Norwich Created from 3
 5Mile Cross
  (in Norwich)
  1932Norwich Created from
  New Catton-St Luke,
  Hellesdon & Heigham

Additional Notes

Reference Books

More information can be found in :-


If there is any further information about locations it can be found in the places and the poor law union pages.