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Norfolk: Roydon (near Diss)

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Roydon is about 1 mile W. of Diss.
The name may also be spelled Royden.
See also Roydon near King's Lynn.


See Norfolk Parish Links: Cemeteries


See also Norfolk Parish Links: Censuses

Church Directories

Church History

Church of St Remigius
Description and pictures.
Church of St Remigius
Services, etc.
Bestelink, William; and Cotton, Simon
The Parish Church of Saint Remigius, Roydon, Norfolk: a short history.
[Roydon, The Church, 1994]

Church Records

Campling, Arthur
Index of Marriages, Roydon, 1559-1754.
[Norwich Local Studies Library, Handwritten document, 1930s]
Cole, P.; and Farrow Charles W.
The Parish Registers of Norfolk: Roydon, 1559-1837, transcribed and indexed.
[Norwich, Norfolk and Norwich Genealogical Society, Monograph Series no.26, 1988]
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 1902 (and for the censuses of 1851 to 1901), Roydon was in Guiltcross Registration District.

This district was abolished on 1st April 1902 and, from then until 1930, Roydon was in Depwade Registration District for civil registration.

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Civil Registration

Description and Travel

Description, map, church, school, events, pictures, etc.
This is a link to an archived copy.
Roydon Parish Council
Councillors, meetings, minutes, etc.
Roydon Shelfanger Road Post Mill
Description, history and picture.
Roydon Tottington Post Mill
Description, history and map.
See also Norfolk Parish Links: Description and Travel


See also Norfolk Parish Links: Directories

Historical Geography

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

Land and Property

See Norfolk Parish Links: Land and Property


Modern and Historical Maps
Maps of the parish.

Military Records

War Memorial
World Wars 1 and 2.
This is a link to an archived copy.
See also Norfolk Parish Links: Military Records

Names, Personal

See Norfolk People and Families

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  59  91430
1811  67101497
1821  82137601
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.

1841 Census
"Emigration has taken place from Roydon since 1831."
1861 Census
"GUILTCROSS. The decrease of population in most of the parishes of this District is attributed partly to the migration of labourers to towns and manufacturing districts. In some parishes it has also been consequent upon the failure of hand-loom hemp-cloth weaving."
1901 Census
"Including Snow Street."

Other population figures

Voting Registers

See Norfolk Parish Links: Voting Registers
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August 2009