"ASHWELLTHORPE, 9 miles S.W. of Norwich, has in its parish 469 souls, and 809 acres of land, anciently in two parishes, called Ashwell and Thorpe, and held for a long period by the family of De Thorpe, from whom the manor passed to the Bouchier, Knyvett, and Wilson families. Lord Berners, the head of the latter family, is the present owner, and also patron of the rectory, valued in the King's Book at £6.13s.4d., and in 1831 at £650, with that of Wreningham annexed to it, in the incumbency of the Hon. and Rev. Robt. Wilson, . . . The Church (All Saints,) is an ancient fabric, with a square tower and five bells, and has a neat mural tablet in memory of the late Lord Berners, who died in 1838. In a chapel, on the north side of the chancel, is the altar tomb of Sir Edmund de Thorpe, bearing effigies of himself and lady. He was slain at the siege of Lover's castle, in Normandy, but was interred here." [William White, History, Gazetteer, and Directory of Norfolk (1845) - Transcription copyright © Ann Duncan]



Chambers, Wilfred J.
Inscriptions in Ashwellthorpe Church.
[Notes and Queries 1922]

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Cemeteries


Church Directories

  • In 1883 the parish was in the Deanery of Depwade, 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 All Saints.

Church History

Cattermole, Paul
A 14th-century contract for carpenter's work at Ashwellthorpe Church (All Saints).
[Norfolk Archaeology, v40:3, 1989]
Martindale, Andrew
The Ashwellthorpe Triptych.
[Woodbridge, Boydell Press, in "Early Tudor England", proceedings of the 1987 Harlaxton Symposium, 1989]

Church Records

Archdeacon's Transcripts or Bishop's Transcripts
Baptisms, Marriages and Burials.
These are not included in Boyd's Marriage Index or Phillimore's Marriage Registers.

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), Ashwellthorpe was in Depwade Registration District.

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Civil Registration


Description & Travel

Ashwellthorpe and Fundenhall Communities Web Site
Parish council, churches, organisations, events, pictures, etc.

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Description and Travel

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Historical Geography

Ashwellthorpe is in Depwade Hundred.

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

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



Lawrence, Michael
Ashwellthorpe and its history.
[Ashwellthorpe, Ashwellthorpe Hall Association, 1999]

Land & Property

Lawrence, Michael
Ashwellthorpe Hall and its history.
[ISBN 0953787818, Holt, Meniscus, 2001]
Great Britain. Inclosure Commissioners
Statement of claims (26): Fundenhall and Ashwellthorpe.
Drawn up in pursuance of the Act of Inclosure, 1811.
Great Britain: Statute
Fundenhall and Ashwellthorpe Inclosure Act, 1811.
An act for inclosing lands in the parishes of Fundenhall and Ashwellthorpe, in the county of Norfolk: 21st May 1811.
[London, George Eyre and Andrew Strahan, 1811]

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Land and Property



You can see maps centred on OS grid reference TM140976 (Lat/Lon: 52.53408, 1.154079), Ashwellthorpe which are provided by:


Military Records

Robbie, Jennifer
Ashwellthorpe War Memorial.
[ISBN 0954089405, Aspects of Ashwellthorpe History, JMR Publications, 2001]

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Military Records


Poor Houses, Poor Law

  • There was a workhouse in this parish until 1834.
  • After 1834 Ashwellthorpe became part of the Depwade Union, and the workhouse was at Pulham Market (Pulham St Mary Magdalen).