Burnham Norton


"BURNHAM NORTON, 1 mile N. of Burnham Market, is a parish, with a small humble village in a gentle ascent above the marshes, comprising 166 inhabitants, and 1,151 acres of land, belonging to the Earl of Orford, the lord of the manor. The CHURCH, dedicated to St. Margaret, is above half a mile south of the village, on the western acclivity of a fertile valley. It has a round tower, and is in the patronage of the Crown; but the rectory is in two medieties consolidated with Burnham Sutton and Burnham Westgate. On the pulpit are painted the four doctors of the church; and on the screen, the figures of eight saints. In the aisle are memorials of the ancestors of the late Lord Chancellor Thurlow. The Rev. Michael Terry, B.A., of Brancaster, is the curate." [William White, History, Gazetteer, and Directory of Norfolk (1845) - Transcription copyright © Pat Newby]


Burnham Norton is about 10 miles N.E. of Hunstanton.
It is part of a group of parishes called The Burnhams.
See also Burnham Market
and Burnham Deepdale, Burnham Overy, Burnham Sutton with Ulph and Burnham Thorpe.


Church Directories

  • In 1883 the parish was in the Deanery of Burnham, 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 Margaret of Antioch.

Church History

Church of St Margaret of Antioch
Description and pictures.
Carmelite Friary
Description and pictures.
Moore, C.N.
St Margaret's Church, Burnham Norton, with notes on its rectors, the Carmelite Friary and Norton village.
[Hunstanton, Witley, 1980s]

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), Burnham Norton was in Docking Registration District.

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Description & Travel

The Burnhams
Description and pictures.
Monbiot, Raymond
The Burnhams Book of Characters and Memories.
(Including Burnham Market, Burnham Overy, Burnham Thorpe and Burnham Norton).
[ISBN 0954256700, Burnham Market, 2002]

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Historical Geography

Burnham Norton is in Brothercross Hundred.

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

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



Francis, Sally A.
Burnham Norton: One of the Seven Burnhams by the Sea.
This covers the general history of the village, the trades that were carried out there, the Carmelite Friary and Scolt Head nature reserve.
[ISBN 0955046602, 2003]
Rye, Walter
Early life in the Manor of Burnham.
(Including Burnham Deepdale, Burnham Market, Burnham Overy, Burnham Norton, Burnham Thorpe and Burnham Westgate).
[Norwich, Samuel Miller, in "Norfolk Antiquarian Miscellany" vol.1, 1873]

Land & Property

Great Britain: Statute
Burnham Norton, Burnham Deepdale and Burnham Overy Inclosure and Drainage Act, 1821.
An act for embanking, draining, inclosing, and improving certain salt marshes and waste lands within the parishes of Burnham Norton, Burnham Deepdale, and Burnham Overy, in the county of Norfolk: 19th April 1821.
[London, George Eyre and Andrew Strahan, 1821]
[Lynn, Fredk Lane, solicitor, independently printed edition, 1821]

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Faden's Map of Norfolk 1797
Extract, showing the Burnhams.

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference TF828440 (Lat/Lon: 52.962651, 0.720375), Burnham Norton which are provided by:


Military Records

Roll of Honour for Burnham Market (Burnham Westgate), Burnham Norton, and Burnham Sutton.
World Wars 1 and 2.

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Poor Houses, Poor Law