"BRISTON, a large village, 4½ miles S. by W. of Holt, near one of the sources of the river Bure, has in its parish 2757 acres of land, including 262A. of common. It had 1037 inhabitants in 1831, but only 963 in 1841. This decrease was occasioned by more than 150 paupers being sent to Canada, at the expense of the principal parishioners and land owners, from 1831 to 1836. A swine market is held here every Tuesday, and a large cattle fair on the 26th of May, or on the following Monday, when that date falls on Saturday or Sunday. . . . The parish feast is on the day after Old Michaelmas day. The soil belongs to various owners, and lies in several manors, of which the following are the names and lords, viz.:- Briston Hall, Melliors and Chosells, Rt. Copeman, Esq.; Briston Mautbois, W.E.L. Bulwer, Esq.; Mikelhall and Loundhall, J.H. Holley, Esq.; and Thornage-exparte-Briston, Lord Hastings. The Church (All Saints,) has a belfry, and formerly had a round tower, which was taken down in 1724. The vicarage, valued in the King's Book at £4. 9s. 9d., is in the patronage and incumbency of the Rev. Robt. Bond, B.A., who has 40A. 3R. 31P. of glebe." [William White, History, Gazetteer, and Directory of Norfolk (1845) - Transcription copyright © Pat Newby]
|Meeting House, Briston, Independents Congregational|
|Chapel (Church St), Briston, Free Methodist|
|Chapel (Hall Lane), Briston, Primitive Methodist|
|Methodist Chapel (The Lane), Briston, Wesleyan Methodist|
- 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 All Saints.
- Circuit Register Transcripts
- Briston Primitive Methodist Circuit: Baptisms 1845-1880
- These are not included in Boyd's Marriage Index or Phillimore's Marriage Registers.
See also Norfolk Parish Links: Church Records
- Bunn, Rhoda
- Melton Constable, Briston and district: A portrait in old picture postcards.
[ISBN 1870708636, S.B. Publications, 1991]
- Bunn, Rhoda
- Melton Constable, Briston and district: A further portrait in old picture postcards.
[ISBN 1904136133, Wymondham, 1990s?]
- Briston Mill Lane East Post Mill
- Description, history and map.
- Briston Mill Lane West Post Mill
- Description, history and maps.
- Ask for a calculation of the distance from Briston to another place.
Briston 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
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These figures are from the population tables which were produced after the 10-yearly national censuses. The "Families" heading includes families and single occupiers.
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.
- 1845 White's History, Gazetteer, and Directory of Norfolk
- "It had 1037 inhabitants in 1831, but only 963 in 1841. This decrease was occasioned by more than 150 paupers being sent to Canada, at the expense of the principal parishioners and land owners, from 1831 to 1836."
- 1901 Census
- "Including Horsehoe [sic] Common."