"BLAKENEY, a small sea port, 4¼ miles N.W. by N. of Holt, and nearly a mile W. of Cley, has in its parish 1021 inhabitants, and 988 acres of land, mostly the property of Lord Calthorpe, the lord of the manor. It was anciently called Snitterley, and much frequented by German merchants. Henry III. granted it a market, which has long been obsolete, but it still enjoys a considerable trade in malt, corn, coal, &c., and was once a noted fishing station. The town is above a mile from the beach, but has a good harbour or creek . . . Here was a Friary of Carmelites, founded in the 24th of Edward I., by Richard and John Stormer and Thomas Thober, and granted at its dissolution to Wm. Rede. In this monastery was educated that eccentric character, John de Baconsthorpe. Some portions of the boundary wall of the Friary still remain, on a declivity south of the CHURCH (St. Nicholas,) which has a lofty tower, serving as a sea-mark. At the north-east corner of the chancel is a high turret, said to have been formerly used as a lighthouse. The living is a rectory, valued in the King's Book at £26. 13s. 4d., and is consolidated with Cockthorpe, Glandford, and Langham Parva. The Rev. Joseph Cotterill, M.A., is incumbent, and Lord Calthorpe is patron." [William White, History, Gazetteer, and Directory of Norfolk (1845) - Transcription copyright © Pat Newby]



The Monumental Inscriptions in the Hundred of Holt (Walter Rye).
The parishes covered include Blakeney.
See Thornage

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Cemeteries


Church Directories

  • In 1883 the parish was in the Deanery of Holt, in the archdeaconry of Norwich.
    It could have been in a different deanery or archdeaconry both before and after this date.
  • The parish church is dedicated to St Nicholas.

Church History

Church of St Nicholas
Description and pictures.
(No author)
Guide to Blakeney Church (St Nicholas), Norfolk.
[Norwich, Soman-Wherry Press Limited, 1950s]
(No author)
St Nicholas Church, Blakeney.
[Country Life Magazine, Oct 10th 1996]
Linnell, Charles Lawrence Scruton
St Nicholas, Blakeney.
[Cotton, Suffolk, Ashlock, revised, 1984]
Green, Herbert J.
Proposed restoration of the parish church of St. Nicholas, Blakeney in the county of Norfolk
[Norwich, H.W. Stacey, 1882]
Methodist Church
Minister, services, picture, etc.
Follow the link to the home page, then search for the church.
Ferroussat, Mary (editor)
Blakeney Methodist Church, 1812-1997.
[ISBN 0951832824, Blakeney, Blakeney History Group, 1997]
Catholic Church of Our Lady and St Peter
Description and pictures.

Church Records

Archdeacons' Transcripts
Baptisms 1696-1789, Marriages 1696-1789 and Burials 1696-1789.
[Parish Register Transcription Society, Dart Series, 2000?]
Parish Register Transcripts
Baptisms and Marriages.
These are not included in Boyd's Marriage Index or Phillimore's Marriage Registers.
Blakeney History Group
Baptisms in Blakeney Chapel, 1862-1989.
[Facsimile of original registers and handwritten transcript, in Norwich Local Studies Library]

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), Blakeney was in Walsingham Registration District.

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Civil Registration


Description & Travel

Description, history and pictures.
Blakeney Mill
Description, history and pictures.
No author
Blakeney Langham Morston Cley Wiveton: Festival year 1951.
(Festival of Britain 1951)
[ISBN 0951832816, 1951?]
Blakeney Sailing Club
A History of the Blakeney Sailing Club. Golden Jubilee 1939-1989.
[Blakeney, Blakeney Sailing Club, 1989]
Bond, Geoffrey
Echoes from Blakeney
[Holt, Glaven Press, 1948]
Brooks, Peter
Have you heard about Blakeney?
[ISBN 0946148155, Poppyland Publishing, 1985]
Burrows Mrs
Norfolk Notes.
Vol. 1: Mainly Blakeney, with a small portion on Binham, Cley-next-the-Sea, Stiffkey, Walsingham and Wells-next-the-Sea.
Vol. 2: Monastic sites in Broadland (Broomholm, Ingham, Ludham, Saint Benet's, etc.) and drawn from the writings of W.H. Cooke.
Buttercup Joe
The 1953 Floods at Cley, Salthouse and Blakeney.
[Norwich, 1992]
Loose, Margaret
Randon Reflections of Blakeney, a collection of notes.
[Fakenham, Lancaster Press Ltd, 1994]
Neighbourhood Housing Society Ltd
Fifty years of village housing and conservation: the story of Blakeney Neighbourhood Housing Society.
[ISBN 0952802902, Blakeney, Blakeney Neighbourhood Housing Society, 1996]
Stephenson, Frank
The Story of Blakeney.
[ISBN 0902887041, Blakeney, 1972]

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Description and Travel

You can see pictures of Blakeney which are provided by:




Historical Geography

Blakeney is in Holt Hundred.

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

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



Barringer, Christopher, and Wright, John (editors)
Blakeney in the eighteenth century.
[ISBN 0951832808, Blakeney, Blakeney History Group, 2003]
Cozens-Hardy, Basil
The maritime trade of the port of Blakeney, Norfolk, 1587-1590.
[Norfolk Record Society, Vol. 8, 1936]
Hales, Jane and Simms, Nicholas
Blakeney Point and the Glaven Ports.
[Briston, Norfolk, Orlando, 1990]
Hooton, Jonathan
The Glaven ports: a maritime history of Blakeney, Cley and Wiveton in north Norfolk.
[ISBN 0951832816, Blakeney, Blakeney History Group, 1996]
Hooton, Jonathan
The Maritime Trade and Decline of the Port of Blakeney and Cley, 1500-1900.
[Norwich, 1973]
Mellor, Derick
The Glaven Valley: Historical Jottings.
[Blakeney, Cromer, Cheverton and Son, 1989]
Mellor, Derick
The Glaven Valley: Further Historical Jottings.
(Compiled by Marjorie Missen).
[Blakeney?, 1994]
Sayers, G.R.
Old Blakeney, a brief history of Blakeney and its haven.

Land & Property

Great Britain: Statute
Blakeney, Wiveton and Glandford Inclosure Act, 1820.
An act for inclosing lands in the parishes of Blakeney, Wiveton, and Glandford, in the county of Norfolk: 8th July 1820.
[London, George Eyre and Andrew Strahan, 1820]

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Land and Property



You can see maps centred on OS grid reference TG028437 (Lat/Lon: 52.952723, 1.018121), Blakeney which are provided by:


Military Records



Eales, Ted
Countryman's memoirs: a warden's life on Blakeney Point.
See Norfolk Occupations

Poor Houses, Poor Law



Blakeney Area Historical Society
Meetings, membership, etc.
Blakeney Area Historical Society
The Glaven Historian.
[The annual journal of the society]