Burgh St Peter


"BURGH ST. PETER, or Wheatacre Burgh, is the most south-eastern parish of Norfolk, lying in the vale of the Waveney, 6 miles E. by N. of Beccles, and 12 miles S. by W. of Yarmouth. It contains many scattered houses, 312 inhabitants, and 1979A. of land, belonging to several proprietors, among whom Sir Edw. Kerrison is the largest, and also lord of the manor. The vale of the Waveney, as far as this and the adjacent parishes, was anciently a large estuary, (see p. 236 [which is part of the History of Yarmouth],) and marine stores, coins, &c., have been often found here. The CHURCH is a long thatched edifice, with a singular brick tower. The rectory, valued in the King's Book at £7. 6s. 8d., and in 1831 at £330, is in the patronage and incumbency of the Rev. William Boycatt. . . Here is a National School, built about two years ago." [William White, History, Gazetteer, and Directory of Norfolk (1845) - Transcription copyright © Pat Newby]


Church Directories

  • In 1883 the parish was in the Deanery of Brooke, 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 Mary the Virgin (not to St Peter).

Civil Registration

For the civil registration of births, marriages and deaths between 1837 and 1930 (and for the censuses from 1851 to 1901), Burgh St Peter was in Loddon and Clavering Registration District.

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Civil Registration

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Historical Geography

Burgh St Peter is in Clavering Hundred.

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

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Poor Houses, Poor Law