West Acre


"WESTACRE is an ancient village, lying in a secluded dell on the north side of the river Nar, 4½ miles N.W. by N. of Swaffham, comprehending in its parish 490 inhabitants, and 3,338 acres of land, mostly of a sandy soil, and all belonging to Anthony Hamond, Esq., the lord of the manor, impropriator, and patron of the CHURCH, (All Saints,) which is a curacy, now enjoyed by the Rev. Geo. Hanbury, of Swaffham, and valued at only £31 per annum. Near the church are the ruins of the celebrated PRIORY, founded for monks of the Clugniac order, about the year 1200, by Ralph de Tony, who endowed it with his manor of Westacre." [William White, History, Gazetteer, and Directory of Norfolk (1845) -  Transcription copyright © Pat Newby] 


See also Castle Acre and South Acre.


Church Directories

  • In 1883 the parish was in the Deanery of Lynn Norfolk, in the archdeaconry of Norwich.
  • The parish church is dedicated to All Saints.
    There was also an Augustinian Priory.

Church History

Church of All Saints
Description and pictures.
Church of All Saints
Description, services, minister, address, etc.
Fairweather, F.H.
The Priory of St Mary and All Saints, Westacre, and excavations upon its site.
[Norwich, Norfolk and Norwich Archaeological Society, in "Norfolk Archaeology", vol.23, 1929]
Vincent, Nicholas
The Foundation of Westacre Priory.
[Norwich, Norfolk and Norwich Archaeological Society, in "Norfolk Archaeology", vol.41, 1993]

Church Records

Parish Register Transcripts
Baptisms 1813-1880
Marriages 1665-1837
See Phillimore's Marriage Registers, Volume 10.
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), West Acre was in Freebridge Lynn Registration District.

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Civil Registration


Description & Travel

West Acre Water Mill
Description, history and pictures.
West Acre Post Mill

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Historical Geography

West Acre is in Freebridge Lynn hundred.

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