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Norfolk: Shelfanger

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Shelfanger is about 2 miles N. of Diss.


See Norfolk Parish Links: Cemeteries


See also Norfolk Parish Links: Censuses

Church Directories

Church History

Church of All Saints
Description and picture.
Church of All Saints
Description and pictures.
Church of All Saints
Services, etc.
Baptist Chapel
Methodist Church

Church Records

Parish Register Transcripts
Baptisms 1813-1880
Down, Jonathan; and Farrow, Charles W.
The Parish Registers of Norfolk, no.25: Shelfanger: 1686-1837.
[Norwich, Norfolk and Norwich Genealogical Society, 1988]
Parish Register Transcripts
Marriages 1687-1699,1729-1837.
[Parish Register Transcription Society, Miscellaneous Series of IHGS Parish Registers, 2000?]
These are included in Boyd's Marriage Index.
They are not included in Phillimore's Marriage Registers.
Bodle, A.N.; and Palgrave-Moore, Patrick
Norfolk Nonconformist Registers no.4: Shelfanger Particular Baptist Chapel: Births 1795-1837.
[Norwich, Norfolk and Norwich Genealogical Society, 1987]
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), Shelfanger was in Guiltcross Registration District.

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

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Civil Registration

Description and Travel

Shelfanger Village Pages
Description, events, history, churches, pictures, etc.
Shelfanger Women's Institute
Shelfanger: a Norfolk village past and present.
[Shelfanger, Shelfanger Women's Institute, 1984]
See also Norfolk Parish Links: Description and Travel


See also Norfolk Parish Links: Directories

Historical Geography

Shelfanger 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

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Modern and Historical Maps
Maps of the parish.

Military Records

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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
188185  96341
189180  80308
190172  72307
1911--  82360

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 male upwards of 100 years of age at Shelfanger."
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."


Village School
Description, history and picture.

Voting Registers

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August 2009