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Smallburgh is about 11 miles N.E. of Norwich.
It is also the name of the civil registration district, and the poor law union, so a reference to Smallburgh could mean this parish, or this area of Norfolk.


The Monumental Inscriptions in the Hundred of Tunstead (Walter Rye).
The parishes covered include Smallburgh.
See Ashmanhaugh
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Church Directories

Church History

Church of St Peter
Description and pictures.
Church of St Peter
Description, pictures, services, etc.
Methodist Church
Minister, services, picture, etc.
Follow the link to the home page, then search for the church.

Church Records

Parish Register Transcripts
Baptisms, Banns, Marriages and Burials.
Parish Register Transcripts
Baptisms 1561-1852, Banns 1754-1900, Marriages 1561-1900 and Burials 1561-1900.
[Parish Register Transcription Society, Dart Series, 2000?]
These are not included in Boyd's Marriage Index or Phillimore's Marriage Registers.
Workhouse Registers
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Civil Registration

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

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

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Description and Travel

History, pictures, etc.
This is a link to an archived copy.
Smallburgh Wayford Bridge Tower Mill
Description, history and pictures.
Smallburgh Moys Drainage Mill
Description, history and pictures.
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Historical Geography

Smallburgh 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

Kelly, Geoffrey Ian
Smallburgh Hall: a report.
[Typescript in Norwich Local Studies Library, 1996]
Great Britain. Inclosure Commissioners
Statement of claims: Smallburgh.
Drawn up in pursuance of the Act of Inclosure, 1815.
[Norwich, C. Berry, 1815]
Great Britain: Statute
Smallburgh Inclosure Act, 1815.
An act for inclosing lands in the parish of Smallburgh, in the county of Norfolk.
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Estate map of Smallburgh, 1582
By John Darby.
Modern and Historical Maps
Maps of the parish.

Military Records

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Poorhouses, Poor Law, etc

In 1785 Smallburgh became part of the Tunstead and Happing Incorporation, and the workhouse was in this parish.
In 1869 the incorporation became the Smallburgh Union.
Smallburgh Union
Parishes in the union, their arrangements for the poor before 1834, etc.
Smallburgh Union and Workhouse
Description from White's Directory of Norfolk, 1845.
Smallburgh Union and Workhouse
Description from White's Directory of Norfolk, 1883.
Smallburgh Union and Workhouse
Description and pictures.


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  63  85699
1811  92108638
1831106108503   (A)
     1   26 196   (B)
Year   Inhabited
Families Population
1901  98  98444
1911---  98428

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
"The Return of Smallburgh includes the House of Industry there situate, containing 131 males, 107 females."
1831 Census
"The Inhabitants of the House of Industry for the Hundreds of Happing and Tunstead were heretofore included in the Return of Smallburgh, in which parish it is situate."
(A) - Smallburgh parish.
(B) - "Tunstead & Happing Poor's House".
1821, 1831, 1841 and 1851 Censuses
"The Return for Smallburgh Parish includes the Workhouse of the Tunstead and Happing Incorporation, containing 238 persons in 1821, 196 in 1831; 113 in 1841, and 99 in 1851."
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 Cat's Common, and Low Street."
1911 Census
Out of the population of 428, 75 were in a large establishment or institution. This was probably the workhouse.

Voting Registers

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November 2011