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Whissonsett is about 5 miles S. of Fakenham.


Pegg, Lesley
Memorial Inscriptions, St Mary the Virgin, Whissonsett, with plan of church and churchyard, and index.
[Mid-Norfolk Family History Society, 1998]
Surnames in Church Memorials
With names from the War Memorial for WW1 and WW2.
See also Norfolk Parish Links: Cemeteries


See also Norfolk Parish Links: Censuses

Church Directories

Church History

Church of the Virgin Mary
Description, history and pictures.
Church of the Virgin Mary
Description and pictures.

Church Records

Marriages 1700-1837
See Phillimore's Marriage Registers, Volume 8.
These are included in Boyd's Marriage Index.
See also Norfolk Parish Links: Church Records

Civil Registration

For the civil registration of births, marriages and deaths between 1837 and 1930 (and for the censuses from 1851 to 1901), Whissonsett was in Mitford and Launditch Registration District.

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Civil Registration

Description and Travel

Whissonsett Village Pages
Description, history, people, events, organisations, pictures, village archives, etc.
Whissonsett North Post Mill
Whissonsett South Post Mill
See also Norfolk Parish Links: Description and Travel


See also Norfolk Parish Links: Directories

Historical Geography

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


Whissonsett - A Norfolk Village.
The history of the village from Saxon days to families in the present century, with illustrations and surname index.
[Privately published, 2000]
List of Surnames
The Changing Face of Whissonsett.
The development of the village over the centuries, how buildings and streets have altered, the agriculture and people, etc. With illustrations.

Land and Property

See Horningtoft
See also Norfolk Parish Links: Land and Property


Modern and Historical Maps
Maps of the parish.

Military Records

Roll of Honour
World War 1.
See also 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  55  82387
1811  55  95434
1841138  --702
1851149  --666
Year   Inhabited
Families Population
1861156  --692
1911  --114433

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.

1851 Census
"The decrease of population in the Parish of Whissonsett is attributed to several families having removed to other parts."
1901 Census
"Including Hamrow."

Voting Registers

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January 2007