"BACTON is a parish on the sea coast, 5 miles N.E. by E. of North Walsham, containing 1585A. of land and 513 inhabitants, residing chiefly in the hamlets of Bacton, Bacton Green, Keswick, and Bromholm, distant nearly half a mile from each other; but a narrow point of the parish extends three miles to the S.W., where there are two farms called the Wood. Lord and Lady Wodehouse are the principal landowners, impropriators and patrons of the church; but here are a number of smaller proprietors, some of whom have neat mansions in the parish. The CHURCH (St. Andrew,) stands on a summit above the village of Bacton, about half a mile from the sea, and has a square tower with five bells. . . . The Rev. G. L. W. Fauquier is the incumbent. The glebe is about 30A., and the tithes were commuted in 1844, for the yearly rents of £215. 10s to the vicar, and £284. 10s to the impropriators. Some of the children of Bacton are admitted to the Free-School, at Witton." [William White, History, Gazetteer, and Directory of Norfolk (1845) - Transcription copyright © Pat Newby]


Bacton is about 10 miles S.E. of Cromer.
See also Keswick near Norwich.



The Monumental Inscriptions in the Hundred of Tunstead (Walter Rye).
The parishes covered include Bacton.
See Ashmanhaugh

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Cemeteries


Church Directories

  • In 1883 the parish was in the Deanery of Waxham, 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 Andrew.
    The ruins of Bromholm Priory are in the parish.

Church History

Church of St Andrew
Description and pictures.
Church of St Andrew
Description, location and picture.
Church of St Andrew
Description and pictures.

Church Records

Church of St Andrew

These are included in Boyd's Marriage Index.
They are not included in Phillimore's Marriage Registers.
Parish Registers
List of Surnames of People who come from other Parishes
Parish Register Extracts
These extracts have been found by the Norfolk transcribers for FreeREG, in the Bacton register of baptisms and burials 1711-1812, and marriages 1712-1753.
At the Census, taken May 27, 1811
The Population of Bacton was314
Inhabited Houses57 
Unoccupied   "  2 
Males Baptized44 
Females   "40 
Males buried26 
Females   "27 
The Population in 1821 was388
Males 200        Females 188

Bacton Particular Baptist Chapel

Parish Register Transcripts
Baptisms 1813-1880

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Civil Registration

For the civil registration of births, marriages and deaths between 1837 and 1869 (and for the censuses in 1851 and 1861), Bacton was in Tunstead and Happing Registration District.

This district was renamed on 1st January 1870 and, from then until 1930, Bacton was in Smallburgh Registration District for civil registration and for the censuses of 1871 to 1901.

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Description & Travel

Description and pictures.
Bacton Post Mill
Bacton Wood Post Mill
Description and history.
Bacton Wood Water Mill
Description, history and pictures.
Knights, Mark
The illustrated guide to Cromer and neighbourhood: including Runton, Sherringham, Overstrand, Sidestrand, Mundesley, Northrepps, Bacton, Bromholm, and the Broads; revised to the present time by Mark Knights.
[London, Jarrold, 1889?]

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Historical Geography

Bacton is in Tunstead Hundred.

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

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



(No author)
A short record of Bromholm Priory, Bacton, Norfolk.
Green, Charles, Rector of Burgh Castle
The history, antiquities, and geology of Bacton in Norfolk.
[Norwich, Fletcher, 1842]
Jennings, Walton
The Story of Bacton, Norfolk.
[2 volumes, Typescript in Norwich Local Studies Library, 1948]
Pearce, Christopher
Bromholm Priory: a case study of an English Cluniac monastic site.
[Norwich, University of East Anglia Extra Mural Studies Thesis, 1999]

Land & Property

Great Britain. Inclosure Commissioners
Statement of claims (67): Witton, Bacton, Edingthorpe and Paston.
Drawn up in pursuance of the Act of Inclosure, 1812.
Great Britain: Statute
Witton and other parishes inclosure act, 1812.
An act for inclosing lands in the parishes of Witton, Bacton, Edingthorpe, and Paston, in the county of Norfolk.

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You can see maps centred on OS grid reference TG344338 (Lat/Lon: 52.851096, 1.479119), Bacton which are provided by:


Military Records


Poor Houses, Poor Law