Castle Acre


"CASTLE-ACRE, 4 miles N. of Swaffham, and 14 miles E. by S. of Lynn, is a large village, of great antiquity, having extensive traces of an early British settlement, and of a Roman station, and the remains of a castle and extensive priory of Norman construction. The parish contains 337 houses, 1,567 inhabitants, and 3,250a. 0r. 8p. of land, including 72a. of common, 45a. of roads, and 11a. of water. It is mostly a fertile district, broken into bold and picturesque swells. The Earl of Leicester is lord of the manor, and owner of all the soil, except a few copyholds subject to arbitrary fines." [Francis White, History, Gazetteer, and Directory of Norfolk (1854) - Transcription copyright © the late A.J. Carter]


Church Directories

  • In 1883 the parish was in the Deanery of Lynn Norfolk, in the archdeaconry of Norwich.
  • The parish church is dedicated to St James the Great.
    There was also a Cluniac Priory, with its church dedicated to the Virgin Mary.

Church History

Church of St James
Description and pictures.
Church of St James
Minister, services, picture, etc.
The Church?
St James the Great, Castle Acre.
Bloom, James Harvey
The Church of St James, Castleacre.
[Hemsworth, C.E. Turner, 1900]
Bloom, James Herbert
A short guide to the parish church of St James, Castleacre.
[Castle Acre, The Church, 1959]
Castle Acre Priory
Description and picture.
Castle Acre Priory
Description and pictures.
Clark, Elaine Gravelle
Medieval Debt Litigation: Essex and Norfolk, 1270-1490.
[Ann Arbor, Michigan, University of Michigan Thesis, 2001]
Coad, Jonathan G. and Coppack, Glyn
Castle Acre Castle and Priory, Norfolk.
[ISBN 1850746753, English Heritage, 1998]
Hope, Sir William H. St John
Castleacre Priory.
[Norwich, Norfolk and Norwich Archaeological Society, in "Norfolk Archaeology", vol.12, 1895]
Kett, Marion
Cartulary of Castleacre or Estacre Priory in Norfolk.
[Harleian MS.2110. British Museum, 1925-1927]
Raby, F.J.E. and Baillie Reynolds, P.K.
Castle Acre Priory, Norfolk.
[ISBN 1850741050, Historic Buildings and Monuments Commission for England, 1986]

Church Records

Marriages 1600-1707 and 1710-1812
See Phillimore's Marriage Registers, Volumes 1 and 5.
These are included in Boyd's Marriage Index.
Family Burial Vaults

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), Castle Acre was in Freebridge Lynn Registration District.

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Civil Registration


Description & Travel

Castle Acre
Description, history and pictures.
Ashley, Martin
Castle Acre, a village trail guide.
Astley, Hugh John Dukinfield
A short historical guide to the ancient village of Castleacre in the county of Norfolk.
[Swaffham, J.A. Gould, 1931]
Bevis, Trevor Allen
Castle Acre, Fortress Village.
[ISBN 0901680567, 1995]
Farley, Viola
Pictures from a village: social life about 1920.
[ISBN 0851151574, Bygones Books 2, Woodbridge, Suffolk, Boydell Press, 1981]
Garry, Mary-Anne
Castle Acre, history and village guide.
[ISBN 0954038509, King's Lynn, Beagle Publishing, 2001]
Highe, Francis G.
A New Guide to Castleacre.
[Chelmsford, Dutton, 1908]
Castle Acre Sandy Lane Post Mill
Description, history and map.
Castle Acre Newton Road Post Mill
Description, history and map.
Castle Acre Priest's Post Mill
Description and history

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Description and Travel

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Historical Geography

Castle Acre is in Freebridge Lynn hundred.

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


Land & Property

Castle Acre Castle
Description and picture.
Castle Acre Bailey Gate
Description and picture.
Castle Acre Castle and Priory
Description, history and pictures.
Coad, J.G.
Castle Acre Castle. An English Heritage handbook.
[ISBN 185074002X, London, Historic Buildings and Monuments Commission for England, 1984]

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Land and Property



You can see maps centred on OS grid reference TF817153 (Lat/Lon: 52.704683, 0.688274), Castle Acre which are provided by:


Military Records

Roll of Honour
World Wars 1 and 2.

Poor Houses, Poor Law