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Norfolk: Watton

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Watton is about 20 miles W.S.W. of Norwich.


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.

Mid-Norfolk Family History Society
Memorial Inscriptions of the Church and Churchyard of St Mary, Watton, Norfolk.
Book 1: The earliest area of the churchyard and inside the church.
Book 2: The east area of the churchyard (from 1891).
[Mid-Norfolk Family History Society, 2001]
Church of St Mary
Transcriptions and photographs of memorials.
See also Norfolk Parish Links: Cemeteries


See also Norfolk Parish Links: Censuses

Church Directories

Church History

Church of St Mary
Description and pictures.
Church of St Mary
Services, etc.
Church of St Mary
Minister, services, events, groups, etc.
Church of St Mary
Pictures of the church.
Methodist Church
Minister, services, organisations, etc.
Methodist Church
Minister, services, picture, etc.
Follow the link to the home page, then search for the church.
Chapman, Cecil F.; Chapman, Kate; and Chapman, Lesley
The Recollection will now be taken.
Watton New Methodist Church: fiftieth anniversary souvenir booklet, 1927-1977.
[Watton New Methodist Church, 1977]
Primitive Methodist Churches
Description and pictures.
Congregationalism in Watton
Pastors from 1819 to 1877.
Grigson, E.R.
Watton Congregational Church: an historical sketch, and information respecting this church, and the stations at Carbrooke and Shipdham.
[Watton, Printed by J.W. Gowing, 1872]
Pentecostal Church
History over 150 years.
Pentecostal Church
Services, groups, etc.

Church Records

Mid-Norfolk Family History Society
The Registers of St Mary's Church, Watton, Norfolk.
Book 1: Banns 1754-1902. Marriages 1730-1902.
Book 2: Baptisms 1730-1901.
Book 3: Burials 1730-1901.
Book 4: Marriages 1539-1730.
Book 5, Baptisms 1539-1730.
Book 6: Burials 1539-1730.
[Mid-Norfolk Family History Society, 2002]
Parish Register Transcripts
Baptisms 1813-1880
These are not included in Boyd's Marriage Index or Phillimore's Marriage Registers.
Seaman, Peter J.; and Palgrave-Moore, Patrick
Norfolk Nonconformist Registers. No.1: Mattishall and Dereham Congregational 1772-1837, Mattishall and Watton Primitive Methodist 1832-1837; transcribed and indexed.
[Norwich, Norfolk and Norwich Genealogical Society, 1983]
Independent Congregationalist Register Transcripts
Baptisms 1813-1880
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), Watton was in Wayland Registration District.

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Civil Registration

Description and Travel

Watton Town Council
Councillors, meetings, minutes, etc.
History of Watton
Description, history, events, churches, books, organisations, schools, railway, pictures, etc.
Various topics about Watton.
Chapman, Cecil F.
Grandad's Watton - and - More about Grandad's Watton. (2 volumes)
[Watton, 1985]
Horn, Julian
Watton: Some snapshots of its history.
[Wayland Partnership Development Trust, Capturing our Wayland Heritage, Including DVD, 2011]
Watton Post Mill
Description, history and map.
See also Norfolk Parish Links: Description and Travel


See also Norfolk Parish Links: Directories

Historical Geography

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


Barton, Thomas Frederick
Notices of the town and parish of Watton.
[Norwich, Norfolk and Norwich Archaeological Society, in "Norfolk Archaeology", vol.3, 1852]
Jessup, George
Watton through the ages.
[ISBN 0900616695, Wymondham, George Reeve, 2003]
[First published 1985]
Workers' Educational Association, Watton Branch
Watton in an earlier age, 1700-1900.
[Watton, Workers' Educational Association, Watton Branch, 1976]

Land and Property

See Norfolk Parish Links: Land and Property


Modern and Historical Maps
Maps of the parish.

Military History

RAF Watton
Description, history, people, memories, pictures, etc.
RAF Watton Airfield
Description, history and pictures.
RAF Watton Airfield
Description and picture.
Bodle, Peter
The 3rd Strategic Air Depot and 25th Bomb Group in Norfolk: a pictorial history of the USAAF's 3rd and the 25th Bombardment Group at Watton, during WWII.
[ISBN 0955191645, Stoke Ferry, Liberator Publishing, 2007]
Gardiner, Geoff
Airfield Focus 30: Watton.
[ISBN 1870384598, GMS Enterprises, 1996]
Malayney, Norman
The 25th Bomb Group in World War II.
[ISBN 0764339509, Schiffer Military History, 2011]
Sesler, George R.
An Accounting of the 25th Bomb Group, 8th Air Force, World War 2, Watton, England, 1944-1945: Aerial intelligence of the 8th Air Force.

Military Records

Roll of Honour
World War 1.
Roll of Honour - Church of St Mary
World Wars 1 and 2.
Roll of Honour - Nonconformist Burial Ground
World Wars 1 and 2.
Commonwealth War Graves Commission: Watton St Mary Cemetery
World Wars 1 and 2.
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
1801148155  693
1811168172  794
1821199199  894
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.

1901 Census
"Including Neaton, and Watton Green."


Bardwell, H.F.
History of the Watton Freemasons Lodge no.7107: a story of the events leading up to the foundation and consecration of the lodge and a few important developments that took place in the first ten years.
[Watton, The Lodge, 1962]

Voting Registers

See Norfolk Parish Links: Voting Registers

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