Barton Turf


"BARTON TURF is a parish and straggling village, 11 miles N.E. of Norwich, and 6 miles S.S.E. of North Walsham, comprising 408 inhabitants, and 1599 acres of land, of which 178A. are wood and water. The navigable river Ant opens out into an extensive lake or "broad," on the east side of the parish. The soil belongs to a number of proprietors, the largest of whom is Sir J.H. Preston, the lord of the manor, lessee of the tithes, and owner of Barton Hall, a large handsome brick mansion, seated on a pleasant eminence, but now unoccupied. The Corporation of Norwich have a small manor and estate here, called Berry Hall. The CHURCH (St. Michael,) is a handsome structure, with a lofty tower and three bells, standing in the centre of the parish. . . . The Bishop of Norwich is the patron, and the Rev. John Gunn, M.A., incumbent." [William White, History, Gazetteer, and Directory of Norfolk (1845) - Transcription copyright © Helen Neave]


See also Barton Bendish.



Monumental Inscriptions [Link is to an archive copy]
With plan of the churchyard.
The Monumental Inscriptions in the Hundred of Tunstead (Walter Rye).
The parishes covered include Barton Turf.
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 Michael and All Angels.

Church History

Church of St Michael and All Angels
Description and pictures.
Church of St Michael and All Angels
Description, services, pictures, etc.
Gunn, John; and Winter, C.J.W.
Illustrations of the rood screen at Barton Turf; drawn and lithographed by C.J.W. Winter; with descriptive notes by John Gunn
[Norwich, Norfolk and Norwich Archaeological Society, 1869]
Hall, William Charles
A short history of Barton Turf parish church.
[Barton Turf, The Church, 1970s]
Neave, Glenn
The rood screen at Barton Turf.
[Barton Turf, The Church, 1970]
Methodist Church
Minister, services, picture, etc.
Follow the link to the home page, then search for the church.

Church Records

Parish Register Transcripts
Baptisms, Banns, Marriages and Burials.
Marriages 1558-1812
See Phillimore's Marriage Registers, Volume 4.
These are included in Boyd's Marriage Index.
Parish Registers
List of Surnames of People who come from other Parishes
(these people are often known as "Strays")
Parish register of baptisms and burials 1790-1812. This is in the baptisms for 1791:
Henry Savage, Second Son of George Matcham Esqr (of Barton Hall) late of Bombay in the East Indies & Catherine his Wife, late Catherine Nelson spinster Daughter of Edmd Nelson (Father to Admiral Lord Nelson) Clerck, Rector of Burnham Thorpe, was born and baptized Feb 4th 1791. (Sister to [illegible] Admiral Lord Nelson)
Churchwardens' Rates
Principal property occupiers and the amounts paid.
1671, 1745, 1755, 1769-1771, 1793-1794, 1807-1808 and 1820-1821.
Churchwardens' Payments, or Disbursements
Payments for church repairs, communion bread and wine, etc.
1771-1784, 1793-1794 and 1801-1815.

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Church Records


Civil Registration

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

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

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Civil Registration


Description & Travel

Neatishead, Irstead & Barton Turf Community Heritage Group (inc. Barton Turf History Project)
Description, history, pictures, churches, people, school, employment, buildings, etc.
Barton Turf
Description and pictures.
Barton Turf Post Mill
Description, history and pictures.
Barton Turf Post Mill [This link is to an archive copy]
Description of the mill.

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Description and Travel

You can see pictures of Barton Turf which are provided by:




Historical Geography

Barton Turf 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 Barton Turf has been placed at times in the past. Select one to see a link to a map of that particular area.



Wilson, Anne
Wherries and Windmills: Barton Turf and district in the early 1900s.
[ISBN 0952862301, Barton Turf, 1996]

Land & Property

Buildings in Barton Turf [Link is to an archive copy]
Description, pictures, etc.
Great Britain: Statute
Barton Turf Inclosure Act, 1809.
An act for inclosing lands in the parish of Barton Turf, in the county of Norfolk.

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Land and Property



You can see maps centred on OS grid reference TG354226 (Lat/Lon: 52.749386, 1.48693), Barton Turf which are provided by:


Military Records

War Memorial [Link is archive copy]
Description and pictures of the lychgate, which is the war memorial, with some of the names commemorated.

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Military Records


Names, Personal


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
Year  Inhabited

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.

1901 Census
"Including Barton Common, and Pennygate."