Burgh Parva


"BURGH PARVA, 4 miles S.S.W. of Holt, is a decayed parish, which, from time immemorial, has been united with Melton-Constable. It contains only Burgh Hall and 400 acres of land belonging to Lord Hastings, and occupied by Fras. L'Estrange Astley, Esq. The CHURCH was dilapidated many centuries ago; but some traces of it still remain near the hall." [William White, History, Gazetteer, and Directory of Norfolk (1845) - Transcription copyright © Pat Newby]



The Monumental Inscriptions in the Hundred of Holt (Walter Rye).
The parishes covered include Burgh Parva.
See Thornage

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Cemeteries


Church Directories

  • 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 St Mary.

Church History

Former Church of St Mary
Description and pictures of the ruins.
Church of St Mary
Description and pictures.

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 1869 (and for the censuses in 1851 and 1861), Burgh Parva was in Erpingham Registration District.

In 1869 it was transferred to Walsingham Registration District for civil registration until 1930, and for the censuses of 1871 to 1901.

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Civil Registration

You can see pictures of Burgh Parva which are provided by:




Historical Geography

Burgh Parva 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

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



You can see maps centred on OS grid reference TG044346 (Lat/Lon: 52.870192, 1.035912), Burgh Parva which are provided by:


Poor Houses, Poor Law

  • In 1783, the parishes of Brinton, Melton Constable and Burgh Parva united to form a Gilbert Union. The House of Industry was in Melton Constable.
  • In 1869 all three parishes became part of the Walsingham Union, and the workhouse was at Great Snoring.