"COLKIRK, a parish and village of detached houses on an eminence, 2½ miles S. of Fakenham, has 462 inhabitants, and 1307 acres of land, exclusive of a common of about 100A. The Marquis Townshend owns most of the soil, and is lord of the manor and patron of the CHURCH (Virgin Mary,) which is a rectory, valued in the King's Book at £10, and in 1831, at £805, with that of Stibbard annexed to it. It has been enjoyed since 1816, by the Rev. Ralph Tatham, for whom the Rev. Thomas Tatham officiates." [William White, History, Gazetteer, and Directory of Norfolk (1845) - Transcription copyright © Pat Newby]


Church Directories

  • In 1883 the parish was in the Deanery of Toftrees, in the archdeaconry of Norwich.
    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 History

Church of the Virgin Mary
Picture, minister, parish magazine, etc.
Church of the Virgin Mary
Description and pictures.
Rutledge, Paul
History of Colkirk Church.
[Colkirk, 1960]

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), Colkirk was in Mitford and Launditch Registration District.

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Civil Registration


Description & Travel

Colkirk Village Pages
Parish council, organisations, school, history, pictures, etc.
Colkirk Mill
Bailey, Bill
A Backward Glance, those often trod and well worn roads, a moment in time from the village of Colkirk.
[Colkirk, 2000]

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Description and Travel

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Historical Geography

Colkirk is in Launditch Hundred.

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

You can see the administrative areas in which Colkirk 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
An act to authorize the inclosure of certain lands in pursuance of a report of the Inclosure Commissioners for England and Wales, 31st May 1867.
(The schedule refers to 12 locations, amongst which are the parishes of Colkirk, Tatterford and Fakenham in Norfolk, for which provisional inclosure orders were made between 21 June and 29 November 1866).
[London, George Edward Eyre and William Spottiswoode, 1867]
Rutledge, Paul
Colkirk: a North Norfolk Settlement Pattern.
[Norfolk Archaeology, vol 41(1), 1990]

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Land and Property



You can see maps centred on OS grid reference TF920264 (Lat/Lon: 52.800738, 0.84603), Colkirk which are provided by:


Military Records

War Memorial
World Wars 1 and 2. Picture, names, etc.

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Military Records


Poor Houses, Poor Law