"DENTON, in the vale of the Waveney, 4 miles E.N.E. of Harleston, has in its parish 625 souls, and 2434 acres of land, belonging to many proprietors. Many of the copyholds are held of the manor of Topcroft-with-Denton, of which the Rev. W.J. Smyth is lord. The commons were enclosed under an act passed in 1805. Here is also a small manor attached to the rectory. Denton House and Lodge are two handsome mansions, with lawns and plantations; the former is the seat of C. Umphelby, Esq., and the latter of the Rev. G. Sandby. The Church (Virgin Mary,) is a fine antique fabric, which has lately been new-pewed, repaired, and beautified. The tower was raised ten feet in 1843, and a good organ has been presented by the rector. . . . The rectory, valued in the King's Book at £24, is in the patronage of the Archbishop of Canterbury, who must confer it on one who either is or has been a fellow of Merton College, Oxford, pursuant to the will of the Rev. Matthew Postlethwayte, a former patron, who died in 1714. The Rev. Wm. Arundell Bouverie, B.D. (rural dean,) has been incumbent since 1839, and has greatly improved and enlarged the parsonage house." [William White, History, Gazetteer, and Directory of Norfolk (1845) - Transcription copyright © Pat Newby]


Denton is about 4 miles W. of Bungay (which is in Suffolk).


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 History

Church of the Virgin Mary
Description and pictures.
(No author)
A short history of the Church of St Mary the Virgin, Denton.
[Denton, The Church, 1970s]
Methodist Church
Minister, services, picture, etc.
Follow the link to the home page, then search for the church.
Killick, Stanley E.
The Congregational churches of Harleston, Wortwell, Denton and Alburgh: a short history.
[Ramsgate, Kent, The Church Publishers, 1960s]

Church Records

Campling, Arthur
Index of Baptisms: Denton, 1559-1804.
[Norwich Local Studies Library, Handwritten document, 1930s]
Campling, Arthur
Index of Marriages: Denton, 1559-1753.
[Norwich Local Studies Library, Handwritten document, 1930s]
Campling, Arthur
Index of Burials: Denton, 1580-1647.
[Norwich Local Studies Library, Handwritten document, 1930s]
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), Denton was in Depwade Registration District.

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Civil Registration


Description & Travel

Denton Village Pages
News, pictures, church, chapel, societies, etc.
Compiled by the inhabitants
A Snapshot of Denton - a journey in pictures around the village.
[Denton, Norfolk, Erskine Press, 2000]
Extract from the book

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Description and Travel

You can see pictures of Denton which are provided by:




Historical Geography

Denton is in Earsham Hundred.

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

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



Extracts from the Domesday Book.

Land & Property

Great Britain: Statute
Topcroft and Denton Inclosure Act, 1804.
An act for inclosing lands in the parishes of Topcroft and Denton, in the county of Norfolk.
Denton Castle
Description and history.
Manning, Charles Robertson
Earthworks at the Castle Hill, Darrow Wood, Denton.
[Norwich, Norfolk and Norwich Archaeological Society, in "Norfolk Archaeology", vol.9, 1884]

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Land and Property



You can see maps centred on OS grid reference TM280885 (Lat/Lon: 52.447222, 1.353118), Denton which are provided by:


Poor Houses, Poor Law