"BIXLEY parish, 2½ miles S.S.W. of Norwich, has 110 inhabitants, and 639 acres of land, of which 160 acres belong to the Corporation of Norwich, and nearly all the rest to the Earl of Rosebery, the lord of the manor. Bixley Hall, a handsome mansion, with three fronts, is now occupied by Wm. Martin, Esq. The Church (St. Wandragesilius the Abbot,) is a small antique fabric, with a low tower. It was built by Wm. de Dunwich, in 1272, and has several monuments to the Ward family. The living is a discharged rectory, valued in the King's Book at £5, and in 1831 at £608, with that of Framlingham-Earl annexed to it, in the incumbency of the Rev. John Bowman, of Norwich, and patronage of J. Brereton, Esquire." [William White, History, Gazetteer, and Directory of Norfolk (1845) - Transcription copyright © Claire Reeve]


Church Directories

  • In 1883 the parish was in the Deanery of Brooke, 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 Wandragesilius the Abbot.

Church History

Church of St Wandragesilius
Description and pictures.
Church of St Wandragesilius
Services, etc.
Fenn, Leslie
Church of St Wandregesilius, Bixley.
[Bixley, The Church, 1990s]

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), Bixley was in Henstead Registration District.

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Civil Registration


Description and Travel

Bixley Parish Council
Councillor, committees, etc.
Bixley Post Mill
Bixley Smock Mill
Description and history.
Bixley Tower Mill
Description, history and pictures.

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Description and Travel

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Historical Geography

Bixley is in Henstead Hundred.

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

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


Land and Property



You can see maps centred on OS grid reference TG258049 (Lat/Lon: 52.594955, 1.332454), Bixley which are provided by:


Poor Houses, Poor Law, etc.



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
Families Population
1801   7   7   33
1811 10 10   55
1821 22 22 107
1831 20 20   84
1841 21 -- 110
1851 30 -- 128
Year   Inhabited
Families Population
1861 31 -- 161
1871 32 32 151
1881 33 35 160
1891 29 29 133
1901 33 33 159
1911 -- 34 158

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.