"ALDBOROUGH, or ALBOROUGH, 5 miles N. by W. of Aylsham, has in its parish 293 souls, and 768 acres of land; and has a large stock fair, on the 21st and 22nd of June, unless these dates fall on Friday and Saturday, when it is held on the following Monday and Tuesday. Part of the parish is in Lord Suffield's manor of Hanworth, but a great part of the soil belongs to J.J. Gay, Esq., who has been a magistrate forty years, and resides at the New Hall, a handsome mansion in a well-wooded lawn, erected in 1636, and enlarged in 1818. The manor of Aldborough was long held by the De Herewards, and was carried in marriage by the heiress of T. Parker, Esq., to the Gays, about the close of the 16th century." [William White, History, Gazetteer, and Directory of Norfolk (1845) - Transcription copyright © Pat Newby]


See also Alburgh, Alby and Aldeby.



The Monumental Inscriptions in the Hundred of North Erpingham (Walter Rye).
The parishes covered include Aldborough.
See Trunch

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Cemeteries


Church Directories

  • In 1883 the parish was in the Deanery of Repps, in the archdeaconry of Norfolk.
    It could have been in a different deanery or archdeaconry both before and after this date.
  • The parish church is dedicated to St Mary the Virgin.

Church History

Church of St Mary the Virgin
Description and pictures.
Church of St Mary the Virgin
Services, etc.

Church Records

Archdeacons' Transcripts
Baptisms 1725-1812, Marriages 1726-1811 and Burials 1725-1812.
[Parish Register Transcription Society, Dart Series, 2000?]
These are included in Boyd's Marriage Index.
They are not included in Phillimore's Marriage Registers.
Churchwardens' Rates
Principal property occupiers and the amounts paid.
1732, 1745, 1754, 1762, 1770, 1774-1775, and 1809-1810.
Churchwardens' Payments, or Disbursements
Payments for church repairs, communion bread and wine, etc.
1675-1679, 1699-1701, 1731-1736, and 1809-1810.

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), Aldborough was in Erpingham Registration District.

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Civil Registration


Description & Travel

Entwistle, Keith
A century of faces and places: a history of Aldborough and Thurgarton, 1900-2000.
[ISBN 0954393503, Aldborough Village History Society, 2002]
Aldborough Village Pages
Pictures, businesses, school, events, etc.
This is a link to an archived copy.
Aldborough Water Mill
Description, history and pictures.

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Description and Travel

You can see pictures of Aldborough which are provided by:




Historical Geography

Aldborough is in North Erpingham Hundred.

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

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



You can see maps centred on OS grid reference TG184343 (Lat/Lon: 52.861565, 1.242913), Aldborough which are provided by:


Military Records


Poor Houses, Poor Law



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 39 40 218
1811 44 44 195
1821 50 50 268
1831 54 59 275
1841 63 -- 293
1851 76 -- 380
Year   Inhabited
Families Population
1861 79 -- 305
1871 80 83 333
1881 79 79 352
1891 76 84 323
1901 74 74 322
1911 -- 90 346

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.

1861 Census
"The decrease of population in the parishes of Trimingham, Hanworth, Aldborough, and Gresham is attributed to the migration of labourers to other parts."