"COLVESTON, a small parish, 2 miles N. of Mundford, and 8½ miles S. by W. of Swaffham, has only 42 inhabitants, and 750 acres of land, all the property of Lord Berners, of Didlington Hall, in the adjoining parish, the manor having been long possessed by his family, one of whom built Colveston Hall, which is now occupied by labourers. The Church (Virgin Mary) was dilapidated at an early period, and not a vestige of it now remains. The rectory is consolidated with Didlington." [William White, History, Gazetteer, and Directory of Norfolk (1845) - Transcription copyright © Pat Newby]


The name may also be spelled Colvestone and Colverston.
It is also known as Colston and as Coulston.
See also Holverston.


Church Directories

  • In 1883 the parish was in the Deanery of Cranwich, in the archdeaconry of Norfolk.
    It could have been in a different deanery or archdeaconry both before and after this date.
  • The parish church was dedicated to the Virgin Mary.
    It was in ruins long before the 19th century.

Church Records

Farrow, Charles W.; and Palgrave-Moore, Patrick
Didlington with Colveston Parish Registers, 1691-1837; transcribed and indexed.
[Norwich, Norfolk and Norwich Genealogical Society, Parish Registers of Norfolk Monograph Series No.9, 1986]
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), Colveston was in Swaffham Registration District.

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Civil Registration

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Historical Geography

Colveston is in Grimshoe Hundred.

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

You can see the administrative areas in which Colveston 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 TL796956 (Lat/Lon: 52.528389, 0.645788), Colveston which are provided by:


Poor Houses, Poor Law, etc.



These figures are from the population tables which were produced after the 10-yearly national censuses. The "Families" heading includes families and single occupiers.

Year   Inhabited
Families Population
1801 4 4 22
1811 3 5 27
1821 7 7 42
1831 5 6 34
1841 7 -- 42
1851 6 -- 30
Year   Inhabited
Families Population
1861   9 -- 59
1871   7   7 36
1881 11 11 44
1891 10 11 53
1901   7   7 45
1911 --   8 34

There may be more people living in detached parts of the parish (if there were any) and, if so, the number may or may not be included in the figures above. It is quite difficult to be sure from the population tables.