"CATFIELD, a large but straggling village, in several detached portions, 14 miles N.W. of Norwich and 3 miles S. by E. of Stalham, has in its parish 655 souls, and 2393 acres of land, including part of Hicklingham and Ludham Broads. The soil belongs chiefly to the Cubitt, Crowe, Beck, and other resident families. The Rev. B. Cubitt is lord of the manor of Catfield Hall; and the rest of the parish is in the out-soke manor of Sutton. The church (All Saints,) is a large gothic structure, built about 1440, and having five bells. The living is a discharged rectory and vicarage, united, and valued in the King's Book at £7.10s. The Bishop of Norwich and the Rev. B. Cubitt are patrons alternately; and the Rev. John Prowett A.M., is the incumbent." [William White, History, Gazetteer, and Directory of Norfolk (1845) - Transcription copyright © Peter Green]


Church Directories

  • In 1883 the parish was in the Deanery of Waxham, 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 All Saints.

Civil Registration

For the civil registration of births, marriages and deaths between 1837 and 1869 (and for the censuses in 1851 and 1861), Catfield was in Tunstead and Happing Registration District.

This district was renamed on 1st January 1870 and, from then until 1930, Catfield was in Smallburgh Registration District for civil registration and for the censuses of 1871 to 1901.

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Civil Registration

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Historical Geography

Catfield is in Happing Hundred.

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

You can see the administrative areas in which Catfield 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 TG388218 (Lat/Lon: 52.741021, 1.535509), Catfield which are provided by:


Poor Houses, Poor Law