"BRISLEY is a straggling village on the Fakenham road, 6 miles N.N.W. of East Dereham, including within its parish 388 inhabitants, and upwards of 1200 acres of land, mostly the property of Lord Sondes and J.D.H. Hill, Esq., the lords of the manor. Mr. F. Frohawk, Mr. B. Butler, Mrs. Branford, and Mrs. Garwood have estates here. Brisley Green is a fine open common of 170 acres. The CHURCH (St. Bartholomew,) is a large Gothic structure, with a lofty tower and four bells. The rectory, valued in the King's Book at £8. 7s. 8d., has the vicarage of Gateley annexed to it, in the patronage of Christ's College, Cambridge, and incumbency of the Rev. Edward John Ash, M.A. The united livings were valued in 1831, at £491. . . . Brisley Hall is an ancient farm house, still nearly encompassed by a deep moat, and having some fine specimens of carved oak." [William White, History, Gazetteer, and Directory of Norfolk (1845) - Transcription copyright © Pat Newby]


Brisley is about 6 miles S.S.E. of Fakenham.



Mid-Norfolk Family History Society
St Bartholomew's Church, Brisley: Memorial Inscriptions.
[Mid-Norfolk Family History Society, 1999?]

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Cemeteries


Church Directories

  • In 1883 the parish was in the Deanery of Brisley, 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 Bartholomew.

Church History

Messent, Claude John Wilson
Visitors' guide to St Bartholomew's Church, Brisley.
[Dereham, Everett, 1971]

Church Records

These are not included in Boyd's Marriage Index or 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), Brisley was in Mitford and Launditch Registration District.

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Civil Registration

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Historical Geography

Brisley is in Launditch Hundred.

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

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


Land & Property



You can see maps centred on OS grid reference TF950215 (Lat/Lon: 52.756243, 0.888348), Brisley which are provided by:


Poor Houses, Poor Law