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Norfolk: Gayton

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Gayton is about 6 miles E. of King's Lynn.
The name may also be spelled Geyton.
See also Gayton Thorpe.


See Norfolk Parish Links: Cemeteries


See also Norfolk Parish Links: Censuses

Church Directories

Church History

Church of St Nicholas
Description and pictures.
Church of St Nicholas
Description, services, pictures, etc.

Church Records

Marriages 1702-1837
See Phillimore's Marriage Registers, Volume 10.
These are included in Boyd's Marriage Index.
Workhouse Registers
Baptisms 1837-1880
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), Gayton was in Freebridge Lynn Registration District.

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Civil Registration

Description and Travel

Gayton News
Parish council, news, church, etc.
Gayton Post Mill
Description and history.
Gayton Tower Mill
Description, history and pictures.
See also Norfolk Parish Links: Description and Travel


See also Norfolk Parish Links: Directories

Historical Geography

Gayton is in Freebridge Lynn hundred.


Cutting, W. Aubrey
Gleanings about Gayton, in the olden time.
[Norwich, Agas H. Goose, 1889]
Romney, Marie
Gayton in the olden time.
Based on "Gleanings about Gayton" by W. Aubrey Cutting.
Walker, R.V.
Gayton Lime Kiln.
[Norwich, Norfolk Industrial Archaeology Society, in "The Journal of the Norfolk Industrial Archaeology Society", vol.2, no.4, 1979]

Land and Property

Great Britain: Statute
Gayton Inclosure Act, 1810.
An act for inclosing lands in the parish of Gayton, otherwise Geyton, in the county of Norfolk.
[An independently printed edition of the act, 1810]
See also Norfolk Parish Links: Land and Property


Modern and Historical Maps
Maps of the parish.

Poorhouses, Poor Law, etc

After 1834 Gayton became part of the Freebridge Lynn Union, and the workhouse was in this parish.

Freebridge Lynn Union
Parishes in the union, their arrangements for the poor before 1834, etc.
Freebridge Lynn Union and Workhouse
Description from White's Directory of Norfolk, 1845.
Freebridge Lynn 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  52  82397
1811  61103490
1821  69104545
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.

1831 Census
"Many houses have been built in the Parishes of Gayton and Gaywood, to which cause the increase of Population (166 and 450 Persons respectively) is attributed."
1841 and 1851 Censuses
"The Return includes 57 persons in 1841, and 118 in 1851, in the Freebridge Lynn Union Workhouse."
1911 Census
Out of the population of 780, 89 were in the workhouse.

Voting Registers

See Norfolk Parish Links: Voting Registers

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January 2009