"BURSTON, 3 miles N.N.E. of Diss, has in its parish 468 souls, and 1405 acres of land, belonging to many owners, and lying in the following manors, (fines arbitrary,) viz., the Rev. T.B. Morris's manors of Brockdish and Melding Hall; the Earl of Albemarle's manor of Winfarthing; and Heydon Hall, belonging to the trustees of the late Charles Layton, Esq. The Church (Virgin Mary,) is a small fabric, with a wooden belfry. The rectory, valued in the King's Book at £16, is in the gift of the Crown, and incumbency of the Rev. Temple Frere. The glebe is about 60A., and the tithes have been commuted for £476 per annum. Here is a small Wesleyan Chapel." [William White, History, Gazetteer, and Directory of Norfolk (1845) - Transcription copyright © Ann Duncan]


Church Directories

  • In 1883 the parish was in the Deanery of Redenhall, 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 the Virgin Mary.

Church Records

These are included in Boyd's Marriage Index.
They are not included in 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), Burston was in Depwade Registration District.

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Civil Registration

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Historical Geography

Burston is in Diss Hundred.

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

You can see the administrative areas in which Burston 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
Annual inclosure act, 1867.
An act to authorize the inclosure of certain lands in pursuance of a special report of the Inclosure Commissioners for England and Wales: 12th August 1867.
[London, George Edward Eyre and William Spottiswoode, 1867]

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Land and Property



You can see maps centred on OS grid reference TM138833 (Lat/Lon: 52.40598, 1.142061), Burston which are provided by:


Poor Houses, Poor Law



Edwards, Bertram
The Burston School strike.
[ISBN 085315287X, London, Lawrence and Wishart, 1974]
Higdon, Thomas George
The Burston rebellion.
[Scole Common, Trustees of the Burston Strike School, 1984. Originally published 1910s]
Trustees of Burston Strike School
The Burston Strike School: the story of the longest strike in history, 1914-1939.
[ISBN 0951468804, Diss, Norfolk, 1991]
Zamoyska, Betka
The Burston rebellion.
[ISBN 0563203897, London, British Broadcasting Corporation, Ariel books, 1985]