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Happisburgh is about 12 miles E. of Aylsham.
The name is pronounced as Haisborough or Haisbro.
These spellings (with many variations such as Hasebro, Hasburgh, etc) are often found in written records.


Not all memorials may be included, even when a transcription is marked as complete, for example when stones are not legible enough to be read or photographed.

Church of St Mary the Virgin
Transcriptions of gravestones in the churchyard.
The Monumental Inscriptions in the Hundred of Happing (Walter Rye).
The parishes covered include Happisburgh.
See Brumstead
See also Norfolk Parish Links: Cemeteries


See also Norfolk Parish Links: Censuses

Church Directories

Church History

Church of St Mary the Virgin
Description, services, pictures, etc.
Church of St Mary the Virgin
Description and pictures.
Church of St Mary the Virgin
Description and pictures.
Church of St Mary the Virgin
Services, minister, pictures, etc.
Linnell, Charles Lawrence Scruton
Church of St Mary, Happisburgh.
[Ipswich, Home Words, 1960]
Trett, Mary H.
The Church of St Mary the Virgin, Happisburgh, Norfolk.
[Happisburgh, The Church, 1970s]
Southgate, William
The history of the Happisburgh Primitive Methodist Sunday School.
Southgate, William
The origin or introduction of the Primitive Methodists into this locality or neighbourhood with an outline of a few leading particulars that have transpired from that time to the present.
[Norwich, Jarrold and Sons, 1866]

Church Records

These are included in Boyd's Marriage Index.
They are not included in Phillimore's Marriage Registers.
See also Norfolk Parish Links: Church Records

Civil Registration

For the civil registration of births, marriages and deaths between 1837 and 1869 (and for the censuses in 1851 and 1861), Happisburgh was in Tunstead and Happing Registration District.

This district was renamed on 1st January 1870 and, from then until 1930, Happisburgh was in Smallburgh Registration District for civil registration and for the censuses of 1871 to 1901.

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Civil Registration

Description and Travel

Description, history, pictures, parish council, events, school, lifeboats, wartime, lighthouse, shipwrecks, etc.
Description, pictures, etc.
Pestell, R.E.
Happisburgh: the story of a coastal parish.
[Norwich, Harrison, 1972]
Trett, Mary; Hoggett, Richard; and the Happisburgh Heritage Group
The Book of Happisburgh.
[Halsgrove, 2011]
Happisburgh Post Mill
Description and history.
Happisburgh Mill Farm Post Mill
Description, history and pictures.
See also Norfolk Parish Links: Description and Travel


See also Norfolk Parish Links: Directories

Historical Geography

Happisburgh is in Happing Hundred.
Parish outline and location.
See Parish Map for Happing Hundred
Description of Happing Hundred
1845: White's History, Gazetteer, and Directory of Norfolk


A Chronology of Medieval Happisburgh
Description, history and pictures.
This is a link to an archived copy.

Land and Property

Kelly, Geoffrey Ian
Barron Lodge Farm Happisburgh: a history.
[Typescript in Norwich Local Studies Library, 2001]
Land Allotment and Drainage
See Hempstead near Stalham.
See also Norfolk Parish Links: Land and Property


Modern and Historical Maps
Maps of the parish.

Maritime Records

There were many shipwrecks off the coast of Happisburgh, on the Hasbro sands. There is also a mass grave in the churchyard for 119 of the crew of HMS Invincible, which foundered offshore in March 1801.

Happisburgh Lifeboat Station
Description, history and pictures.
Leach, Nicholas
A history of Happisburgh lifeboat station.
[ISBN 0952279908, Norfolk and Suffolk Research Group, 1994]
Leach, Nicholas
The Happisburgh Lifeboats.
[ISBN 0952279932, Norfolk and Suffolk Research Group, 1999]
Hayes, Derek R.
His Majesty's late ship the Invincible: third rate 74 guns, 1765-1801.
The wreck off Happisburgh, March 1801.
[ISBN 0951083201, 1985]
Trett, Mary H.
The tragic shore: the loss of HMS Peggy and HMS Invincible.

Military Records

Roll of Honour
World Wars 1 and 2, and HMS Invincible.
See also Norfolk Parish Links: Military Records

Poorhouses, Poor Law, etc


These figures are from the population tables which were produced after the 10-yearly national censuses. The "Families" heading includes families and single occupiers.

Year   Inhabited
Families Population
1801  93114526
1811  89107487
1821  95118523
Year   Inhabited
Families Population

There may be more people living in detached parts of the parish (if there were any) and, if so, the number may or may not be included in the figures above. It is quite difficult to be sure from the population tables.

1861 Census
"TUNSTEAD. The decrease of population in most of the parishes comprised in the Tunstead District, which forms the "Tunstead and Happing Incorporation" for the support of the poor, is attributed to emigration and the migration of young persons to other parts."
1901 Census
"Including Happisburgh Common, and Whimpwell Green."


Happisburgh Heritage Group
Description, membership, etc.

Voting Registers

See Norfolk Parish Links: Voting Registers

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July 2011