"ATTLEBOROUGH, or Attleburgh, is an ancient market town, pleasantly situated on the Norwich and Thetford turnpike, 15 miles S.W. of the former place, and 14 N.E. by E. of the latter, and on the north side of the Norfolk Railway, which has a neat station here. In the Saxon era it was the seat of Offa and Edmund, successively Kings of the East Angles, who fortified it against the predatory incursions of the Danes. . . . It was afterwards the seat of the Mortimers, whose ancient hall, (now a farm house,) is encompassed by a deep moat. The parish contains 501 houses, 2,324 inhabitants, and 5,247 acres of land. . . . The town is comprised chiefly of one long street, with several good inns and shops; and the market on Thursdays is well attended. . . . The CHURCH, dedicated to the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin, is a cruciform structure, with a tower rising at the intersection of the transepts, and six bells. The east end was destroyed by the fall of the spire." [William White, History, Gazetteer, and Directory of Norfolk (1854) - Transcription copyright © the late A.J. Carter]


Attleborough is 15 miles southwest of Norwich.
Attlebridge is 8 miles northwest of Norwich.
They are about 14 miles apart.

The name may also be spelled Attleburgh.


Church Directories

  • In 1883 the parish was in the Deanery of Rockland, 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 the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

Church History

Church of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Pictures, description, history, services, etc.
Patton, William
Architectural notes upon Attleborough church, Norfolk
Partridge, E. G.
Quakerism in Attleborough and district.
[ISBN 0900592583, University of Cambridge, Board of Extra-Mural Studies, Thesis (Certificate in local history), 1977]

Church Records

Sanderson, E.W. and Palgrave-Moore, Patrick
Attleborough (Church of England) Parish Registers 1552-1840; transcribed, edited and indexed.

[Reissued on CD, 2001]
Parish 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), Attleborough was in Wayland Registration District.

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Civil Registration


Description & Travel

Yaxley, Philip
Wymondham and Attleborough in Old Photographs.
[ISBN 0750907495; Britain in Old Photographs Series, 1994]

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Historical Geography

Attleborough is in Shropham Hundred.

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

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



History of Attleborough
Summary of Attleborough's history.
Bujak, Philip
Attleborough: the evolution of a town
[ISBN 0946148457, North Walsham: Poppyland, 1990]

Land & Property

Great Britain. Inclosure Commissioners
Statement of claims (131): Attleburgh.
Drawn up in pursuance of the Act of Inclosure, 1812.
Great Britain: Statute
Attleborough Inclosure Act, 1812.
An act for inclosing lands in the parish of Attleburgh, in the county of Norfolk: 20th May 1812.
[London, George Eyre and Andrew Strahan, 1812]

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Land and Property



You can see maps centred on OS grid reference TM047954 (Lat/Lon: 52.517736, 1.015718), Attleborough which are provided by:


Poor Houses, Poor Law