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"BOOTON, a village and parish, 6 miles S.W. by W. of Aylsham, and 1½ miles E. by S. of Reepham, has 241 souls, and 1,011 acres of land, mostly the property of Hastings Elwin, Esq., the lord of the manor, and patron of the Church, (St. Michael,) which is a discharged rectory, valued in the King's Book at £7. 12s. 6d., and now enjoyed by the Rev. Caleb Elwin, of Melton Constable. The tithes have been commuted for £294. 10s. per annum. At the enclosure, in 1811, an allotment of 20A., was awarded to the poor, for fuel." [William White, History, Gazetteer, and Directory of Norfolk (1845) - Transcription copyright © Richard Johns]

Booton is about 12 miles N.W. of Norwich.
See also Beighton and Boughton.



Not all memorials may be included, even when a transcription is marked as complete, for example when stones are not legible enough to be read or photographed.

Mid-Norfolk Family History Society
Memorial Inscriptions of the Church and Churchyard of St Michael the Archangel Booton, and St Nicholas Brandiston.
[Mid-Norfolk Family History Society, 2009]
Church of St Michael the Archangel
Transcriptions and photographs of gravestones in the churchyard.

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Cemeteries



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Church Directories

  • In 1883 the parish was in the Deanery of Ingworth, 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 Michael the Archangel.

Church History

Church of St Michael the Archangel
Description and pictures.
Church of St Michael the Archangel
Description and pictures of the stained glass windows.
Barnes, Anthony
Church of St Michael the Archangel, Booton.
[London, Churches Conservation Trust, 2007]
Elwin, F.
Notes on St Michael's church, Booton, Norfolk.
[Norwich, Jarrold, 1936]

Church Records

Parish Register Transcripts
Baptisms 1813-1880
Marriages 1560-1812
See Phillimore's Marriage Registers, Volume 3.
These are included in Boyd's Marriage Index.

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), Booton was in St Faith's Registration District.

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Civil Registration


Description and Travel

Gray, Lorna
Fragments of a village life: Booton, 1900-2000.
[Booton, 2002]
Booton Post Mill
Description, history and pictures.

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Description and Travel

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Historical Geography

Booton is in South Erpingham Hundred.

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

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


Land and Property

Great Britain: Statute
Booton Inclosure Act, 1811.
An act for inclosing lands in the parish of Booton, in the county of Norfolk.

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Land and Property


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 39 39 169
1811 41 41 193
1821 45 45 204
1831 46 51 199
1841 52 -- 241
1851 55 -- 244
Year   Inhabited
Families Population
1861 55 -- 246
1871 53 54 209
1881 53 57 203
1891 57 58 251
1901 50 51 200
1911 -- 54 210

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.

1861 Census
"ST. FAITHS. The decrease of population in most of the parishes comprised in the District of St. Faiths is attributed to the migration of labourers and their families to the manufacturing districts."


Gray, Lorna
The children of Booton at school between 1900-1905: Extracts from St Michael the Archangel monthly papers, by Rev. Whitwell Elwin.
[Booton, 2006]