"ALDEBY, a parish of scattered houses, in the vale of the Waveney, 3 miles N.E. of Beccles and 16 miles S.E. by E. of Norwich, contains 496 souls, and 3041 acres of land, belonging to many proprietors. The Trustees of Ampton School, Suffolk, own the Hall farm, (380A.,) and are lords of the manor, in which the copyholds pay small certain fines. Here was a small Priory, founded in the reign of Henry I., by Agnes, wife of Robert de Kia, for black monks. Its remains are now a malt-house. It was granted at the dissolution to the Dean and Chapter of Norwich, who are still appropriators of the tithes and patrons of the Church, (St. Mary,) which has a tower, rising between the nave and chancel. The benefice is a perpetual curacy, valued in 1831 at £64, and now enjoyed by the Rev. A.F. Bellman." [William White, History, Gazetteer, and Directory of Norfolk (1845) - Transcription copyright © Pat Newby]


Aldeby is about 10 miles S.S.W. of Great Yarmouth.
See also Alburgh, Alby and Aldborough.


Church Directories

  • In 1883 the parish was in the Deanery of Brooke, 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.

Church History

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

Church Records

These are not included in Boyd's Marriage Index or Phillimore's Marriage Registers.
Churchwardens' Rates
Principal property occupiers and the amounts paid.
1738-1741, 1753-1755, 1768-1769, 1788-1790, 1803-1807, and 1827-1828.
Churchwardens' Payments, or Disbursements
Payments for church repairs, communion bread and wine, etc.
1738-1741, 1759-1772, 1776-1786, and 1807-1832.

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), Aldeby was in Loddon and Clavering Registration District.

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Civil Registration


Description & Travel

You can see pictures of Aldeby which are provided by:




Historical Geography

Aldeby is in Clavering Hundred.

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

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


Land & Property

Great Britain: Statute
Aldeby Inclosure Act, 1806.
An act for inclosing lands in the parish of Aldeby, in the county of Norfolk.

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Land and Property



You can see maps centred on OS grid reference TM450935 (Lat/Lon: 52.484505, 1.606922), Aldeby 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   86   88 448
1811   89   89 446
1821   68   95 475
1831   72 109 530
1841 105 --- 496
1851 111 --- 554
Year   Inhabited
Families Population
1861 118 --- 557
1871 127 145 580
1881 128 133 642
1891 127 127 605
1901 124 124 545
1911 --- 126 588

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.


Probate Records

Herd, Elvie
Wills of the sixteenth century, written by residents of Aldeby, Wheatacre All Saints and Burgh Saint Peter in Norfolk.
[Loddon, 2008]