"BILLINGFORD, alias PYRLESTON, on the north side of the vale of the Waveney, 4 miles E. of Diss, has in its parish 219 souls, and about 1000 acres of land, mostly belonging to Geo. St. Vincent Wilson, Esq., lord of the manor and patron of the rectory, valued in the King's Book at £9, and now enjoyed by the Rev. Augustus Cooper, B.A., of Syleham. The glebe is 20A. 2R. 13P., and the tithes were commuted in 1842, for £296. 10s. per annum. The Church (St. Leonard,) had formerly a square tower. Here was a hospital, with 13 beds for travellers, founded by Wm. Beck, in the reign of Henry III. Martha Brighton died here in 1844, aged 101 years. Major Loftus has a farm of 80A. in this parish." [William White, History, Gazetteer, and Directory of Norfolk (1845) - Transcription copyright © Pat Newby]


Church Directories

  • In 1883 the parish was in the Deanery of Redenhall, 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 Leonard.

Church History

Church of St Leonard
Description and pictures.

Church Records

These are included in Boyd's Marriage Index.
They are not included in 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), Billingford was in Depwade Registration District.

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Civil Registration


Description & Travel

Billingford Tower Mill
Description, history and pictures.
Billingford Tower Mill
Description and picture.
Billingford Post Mill
Norfolk Windmills Trust
Billingford Windmill.
[Norwich, Norfolk Windmills Trust, 1980]

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Description and Travel

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Historical Geography

Billingford is in Earsham Hundred.

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

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



You can see maps centred on OS grid reference TM166786 (Lat/Lon: 52.363022, 1.179569), Billingford which are provided by:


Poor Houses, Poor Law