"BOUGHTON, a small scattered village, 1½ mile N. of Stoke Ferry, and 6 miles E. by S. of Downham, has in its parish 209 souls, and 1,322A. 2R. 17P. of land, belonging to Sir H.R.P. Bedingfeld, Bart., the lord of the manor, except 30A. of glebe, and about 200A. belonging to Mr. Roper. The CHURCH, (All Saints,) has a square tower and three bells. The chancel was rebuilt 40 years ago. The living is a discharged rectory, valued in the King's Book at £10, and now having a yearly rent of £418 in lieu of tithes. Sir W.J.H.B. Ffolkes is patron, and the Rev. George Hunt, incumbent." [William White, History, Gazetteer, and Directory of Norfolk (1845) - Transcription copyright © Pat Newby]


Boughton is about 9 miles southwest of Swaffham.
See also Beighton.


Church Directories

  • In 1883 the parish was in the Deanery of Fincham, 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 All Saints.

Church Records

Farrow, Charles W.
Boughton (Church of England) Parish Registers, 1691-1837; transcribed and indexed.
[Norwich, Norfolk and Norwich Genealogical Society, the parish registers of Norfolk, monograph series: 12, 1986]

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), Boughton was in Downham Registration District.

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Civil Registration


Description & Travel

Wissey Valley Web Pages
Including Wereham, Wretton, West Dereham, Boughton, Stoke Ferry and Whittington in the Wissey Valley in West Norfolk.

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Historical Geography

Boughton is in Clackclose Hundred.

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

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



Coates, Doris E
The Story of Boughton.
[ISBN 0950687111, Harpsden Press, 1982]

Land & Property

Great Britain. Inclosure Commissioners
Statement of Claims (18): Boughton.
Drawn up in pursuance of the Act of Inclosure, 1801.
Great Britain: Statute
Boughton Inclosure Act, 1801.
An act for dividing, allotting, and inclosing the common fields, half year or shack lands, commonable grounds, commons, and waste lands, within the parish of Boughton, in the county of Norfolk.

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You can see maps centred on OS grid reference TF700020 (Lat/Lon: 52.589284, 0.507946), Boughton which are provided by:


Poor Houses, Poor Law