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Norfolk: Riddlesworth

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Riddlesworth is about 6 miles E. of Thetford.
See also Gasthorpe.


Not all memorials may be included, even when a transcription is marked as complete, for example when stones are not legible enough to be read or photographed.

Church of St Peter
Transcriptions and photographs of memorials.
See also Norfolk Parish Links: Cemeteries


See also Norfolk Parish Links: Censuses

Church Directories

Church History

Church of St Peter
Description and pictures.
Church of St Peter
Services, etc.

Church Records

King, Graham Loveday
Riddlesworth with Gasthorpe Parish Registers.
Baptisms 1686-1840, Marriages 1688-1840, Burials 1686-1840.
[Transcript in Norwich Local Studies Library, 2010]
Parish Register Transcripts
Baptisms 1813-1880 for Riddlesworth with Gasthorpe
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), Riddlesworth was in Guiltcross Registration District.

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

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Civil Registration

Description and Travel

Harper, Charles Hugh Richardson
Breckland Portraits: recollections of a Norfolk parson.
Bridgham, Riddlesworth and West Harling.
[ISBN 1901470032, East Harling, Taverner Publications, 1997]
See also Norfolk Parish Links: Description and Travel


See also Norfolk Parish Links: Directories

Historical Geography

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

Land and Property

Lamb, Ceri
Riddlesworth Hall: a brief history.
[Lowestoft, 1996]
Land Tax
Principal property owners and occupiers, and the amounts paid.
See also Norfolk Parish Links: Land and Property


Modern and Historical Maps
Maps of the parish.

Military Records

Roll of Honour for Riddlesworth and Gasthorpe
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
18011313  67
1811  913  73
18211013  83
18311013  76
184114--  70
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 and 1851 Censuses
"Gasthorpe having no church is united with Riddlesworth for ecclesiastical purposes."
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."

Other population figures

Voting Registers

See Norfolk Parish Links: Voting Registers

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May 2016