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Norfolk: Irstead

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Irstead is about 11 miles N.E. of Norwich.
See also Kirstead.


Church of St Michael
Monumental Inscriptions in the church and churchyard, with plan of the churchyard.
The Monumental Inscriptions in the Hundred of Tunstead (Walter Rye).
The parishes covered include Irstead.
See Ashmanhaugh
Church of St Michael
Transcriptions and photographs of gravestones in the churchyard.
Not all gravestones may be included, even when a site is marked as complete, for example when stones are not legible enough to be photographed.
See also Norfolk Parish Links: Cemeteries


See also Norfolk Parish Links: Censuses

Church Directories

Church History

Fox, Dennis
What to look for in Irstead Church.
Updated by Norman E. Mitchell.
[Irstead, The Church, 1980s]
Church of St Michael
Description and pictures.
Church of St Michael
Services, parish magazine, pictures, etc.
Church of St Michael
Paintings in the Church.

Church Records

Parish Register Transcripts
Baptisms, Marriages and Burials.
These are not included in Boyd's Marriage Index or 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), Irstead was in Tunstead and Happing Registration District.

This district was renamed on 1st January 1870 and, from then until 1930, Irstead 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

Irstead Turf Fen Drainage Mill
Description, history and pictures.
See also Norfolk Parish Links: Description and Travel


See also Norfolk Parish Links: Directories

Historical Geography

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

Land and Property

See Ashmanhaugh.
See also 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
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.

1821 Census
"One female in Irstead Parish upwards of 100 years or age."
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."


Neatishead, Irstead and Barton Turf Community Heritage Group
Projects, membership, etc.

Voting Registers

See Norfolk Parish Links: Voting Registers
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April 2015