"BRUMSTEAD, or Brunstead, 7 miles E.S.E. of North Walsham, and 16 miles N.N.E. of Norwich, has 116 souls, and 789 acres. The Earl of Abergavenny is patron of the Church, (St. Peter,) which is a discharged rectory, valued in the King's Book at £6.5s.7d., and now enjoyed by the Rev. Horatio Nelson Wm. Comyn, B.A., who has a good residence, 22a.3r.16p. of glebe, and a yearly rent of £240, recently awarded in lieu of tithes. The other principal residents are, Mr Cubitt Durrant, lord of the manor, and owner of a great part of the soil; John Newman, sen., landowner; John Newman, jun., farmer; and Thos. Riches, blacksmith." [William White, History, Gazetteer, and Directory of Norfolk (1845) - Transcription copyright © Peter Green]


Brumstead is about 11 miles E. of Aylsham.



Rye, Walter
The Monumental Inscriptions in the Hundred of Happing, in the county of Norfolk.
The parishes included are: Brumstead, Catfield, Eccles, Happisburgh, Hempstead, Hickling, Horsey, Ingham, Lessingham, Ludham, Palling, Potter Heigham, East Ruston, Stalham, Sutton, Walcot, and Waxham.
[Norwich, Goose, 1886]

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See also Norfolk Parish Links: Censuses


Church Directories

  • In 1883 the parish was in the Deanery of Waxham, 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 St Peter.

Church History

Church of St Peter
Description, history, clergy, pictures, rectory, etc.
This is a link to an archived copy.

Church Records

Parish Registers
These are included in Boyd's Marriage Index.
They are not included in Phillimore's Marriage Registers.

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Civil Registration

For the civil registration of births, marriages and deaths between 1837 and 1869 (and for the censuses in 1851 and 1861), Brumstead was in Tunstead and Happing Registration District.

This district was renamed on 1st January 1870 and, from then until 1930, Brumstead was in Smallburgh Registration District for civil registration and for the censuses of 1871 to 1901.

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Description & Travel

Brumstead History
Description, history, maps, pictures, etc.
This is a link to an archived copy.

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Historical Geography

Brumstead is in Happing Hundred.

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

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


Land & Property

Great Britain: Statute
Brumstead Inclosure Act, 1805.
An act for inclosing lands in the parish of Brumstead, in the county of Norfolk.

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You can see maps centred on OS grid reference TG369269 (Lat/Lon: 52.787711, 1.512077), Brumstead which are provided by:


Poor Houses, Poor Law


Probate Records

Brumstead Wills
List of wills of people from Brumstead, 14th-19th centuries.
This is a link to an archived copy.