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Norfolk: Hemsby

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Hemsby is about 7 miles N.N.W. of Great Yarmouth.


St Mary The Virgin Churchyard
Transcriptions of gravestones.
Congregational Church Cemetery
Transcriptions of gravestones.
See also Norfolk Parish Links: Cemeteries


See also Norfolk Parish Links: Censuses

Church Directories

Church History

Vincent, R.
Guide to the Parish Church of Saint Mary the Virgin, Hemsby.
[Hemsby, The Church, 1986]
Methodist Church
Minister, services, picture, etc.
Follow the link to the home page, then search for the church.

Church Records

Hemsby Marriages 1556-1837.
See Phillimore's Marriage Registers, Volume 7.
See also Norfolk Parish Links: Church Records

Civil Registration

For the civil registration of births, marriages and deaths between 1837 and 1923 (and for the censuses from 1851 to 1901), Hemsby was in Flegg Registration District. Between 1837 and 1850, the district was called East and West Flegg.

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Civil Registration

Description and Travel

Simpson, Jack D.
Hemsby, pictures from the past.
[Norwich, Simpson Publications, 2002]
Simpson, Jack D.
Hemsby and District, from old picture postcards and photographs.
[Simpson Publications, 1997]
See also Norfolk Parish Links: Description and Travel


See also Norfolk Parish Links: Directories

Historical Geography

Hemsby is in West Flegg Hundred.
Parish outline and location.
See Parish Map for East Flegg and West Flegg Hundreds
Description of East Flegg and West Flegg Hundreds
1845: White's History, Gazetteer, and Directory of Norfolk


Beech, George
A history of Hemsby.
[Typescript in Norwich Local Studies Library, 1980s]
The story of Hemsby-on-sea, its history and evolution.
[Flegg, 1978]

Land and Property

See Norfolk Parish Links: Land and Property


Modern and Historical Maps
Maps of the parish.

Military Records

See 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  62  74367
1811  67  96436
1821  79121498
1831  78111560
1841129  --591
1851157  --739
Year   Inhabited
Families Population
1861150  --664
1911  --181713

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.

1821 Census
"An inclosure of land has taken place at Hemsby."
1861 Census
"The decrease of population in Hemsby parish is attributed to the migration of beachmen and fishermen to Scratby parish."

Voting Registers

See Norfolk Parish Links: Voting Registers

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March 2004