Acle is about 11 miles E. of Norwich.
It includes "Nowhere", an area of salt marshes.


"ACLE is a pleasant and well-built village, on two opposite acclivities, 11 miles E. of Norwich, and now only about 8 miles W. by N. of Yarmouth; a new turnpike from hence, across the marshes, to the latter place, having shortened the distance nearly four miles. . . The parish contains 864 inhabitants, and 3165 acres of land, the greater part of which is a marsh; a small portion of which is a detached allotment, made at the enclosure, in 1797, and lying near Yarmouth. Lord Calthorpe is the principal owner, lord of the manor, and patron of the CHURCH, which is a neat structure, dedicated to St. Edmund the King, and has a highly florid Gothic screen. The organ was presented by the patron, in 1837. The living is a rectory, valued in the King's Book at £20, and now enjoyed by the Rev. Wm. Spooner, Archdeacon of Coventry. The tithes have recently been commuted for £720 per annum; and the glebe is 6A. 19P." [William White, History, Gazetteer, and Directory of Norfolk (1845) - Transcription copyright © Pat Newby]



Inscriptions in the Churchyard of Acle.
See Swafield

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Cemeteries


Church Directories

  • In 1883 the parish was in the Deanery of Blofield, in the archdeaconry of Norwich.
    It could have been in a different deanery or archdeaconry both before and after this date.
  • The parish church is dedicated to St Edmund, King and Martyr.

Church History

Church of St Edmund, King and Martyr
Description, pictures, services, etc.
Church of St Edmund, King and Martyr
Description and pictures.
Acle Church
The Parish Church of St Edmund, King and Martyr, Acle.
[Norwich, Rigby Printing, 1970s]
Methodist Church
Address, minister, picture, etc.
Follow the link to the home page, then search for the church.

Church Records

Acle Marriages 1664-1812
See Phillimore's Marriage Registers, Volume 1.
These are included in Boyd's Marriage Index.
Churchwardens' Rates
Principal property occupiers and the amounts paid.

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), Acle was in Blofield Registration District.

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Civil Registration


Description & Travel

Acle Village
News, events, organisations, history, pictures, parish council, etc.
Acle Society
A Guide to Acle.
[Acle Society, 1986]

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Description and Travel

You can see pictures of Acle which are provided by:




Historical Geography

Acle is in Walsham Hundred.
Nowhere, an area of salt marshes near Great Yarmouth, is a detached portion of the parish.

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

You can see the administrative areas in which Acle has been placed at times in the past. Select one to see a link to a map of that particular area.



Grint, Brian S.
An Acle Chronicle.
[ISBN 0946148392, North Walsham, Poppyland Publishing, 1989]

Land & Property

Great Britain: Statute
Acle Inclosure Act, 1797.
An act for dividing, allotting and inclosing the arable lands, intermixed pastures, commons and waste grounds within the parish of Acle, in the county of Norfolk.
Surveyors' Rates
Principal property occupiers and the amounts paid.
1820-1821, and 1826.
Surveyors' Payments, or Disbursements
Payments for road repairs, materials, tools, etc.
1820-1822, and 1827-1836.

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Land and Property



You can see maps centred on OS grid reference TG401106 (Lat/Lon: 52.639834, 1.547699), Acle which are provided by:


Military Records

Roll of Honour
World Wars 1 and 2.
Basey, Chris
Acle Book of Remembrance.
Not just names in stone: The lives and times of the men who died in two World Wars and are commemorated on the Acle War Memorial.
[Acle, Acle Branch of the Royal British Legion, 2003]
Basey, Chris
Just a job that we had to do!
World War Two stories told by Acle people.
[Acle, Acle Veterans Project, 2005]

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Military Records


Poor Houses, Poor Law

  • After 1834 Acle became part of the Blofield Union, and the workhouse was at Lingwood.
  • Overseers' Rates
    Principal property occupiers and the amounts paid.
    1794, and 1809-1810.
  • Overseers' Payments, or Disbursements
    Payments for outrelief, medical expenses, clothes, etc.
    1794, and 1816.


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
1841177  --864
1851180  --816
Year  Inhabited
1861197  --926
1911  --237942

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 and 1861 Censuses
"Parts of the following Parishes in the South Walsham Subdistrict, are situate in the Marshes at distances varying from two to seven miles from the respective villages: South Walsham St. Lawrence, Upton, Acle, Halvergate, Tunstall, Wickhampton, Freethorpe, and Reedham."
1901 Census
"Including Damgate."