"DIDLINGTON parish, 8 miles S. by W. of Swaffham, has only 77 inhabitants, and about 1322 acres of land, all belonging to the Rt. Hon. and Rev. Henry Wilson, Lord Berners, who resides at Kirby Cane Rectory, and his son at Didlington Hall, a neat brick mansion, in a small park, with some fine water, lime trees, and an extensive heronry. The hall was built on the site of the old one, by the late Col. Wilson, father of the late Lord Berners, who died in 1838. It has a good collection of paintings, by Holbein, Vandyke, and other old masters. The family of Bouchier held the title of BARON BERNERS, from 1455 till 1532; after which it lay dormant till 1720, when Catherine Bokenham was created Baroness Berners, as heiress of the Bouchier family. . . . The CHURCH (St. Michael) is an ancient fabric, in the park, and has some fragments of stained glass in its windows, and a large square tower. The living is a discharged vicarage, valued in the King's Book at £12.14s.7d., and in 1831 at £110, with the rectory of Colveston annexed to it, in the gift of Lord Berners, and incumbency of the Rev. Vincent Edward Eyre, of Cranwich." [William White, History, Gazetteer, and Directory of Norfolk (1845) - Transcription copyright © Paddy Apling]



Church of St Michael
Memorials to the families of Didlington Hall.

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Church Directories

  • In 1883 the parish was in the Deanery of Cranwich, in the archdeaconry of Norfolk.
  • The parish church is dedicated to St Michael.

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]
Parish Register Transcripts
Baptisms 1813-1880
These are included in Boyd's Marriage Index.
They are not included in Phillimore's Marriage Registers.

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Civil Registration

For the civil registration of births, marriages and deaths between 1837 and 1930 (and for the censuses from 1851 to 1901), Didlington was in Swaffham Registration District.

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Historical Geography

Didlington is in South Greenhoe hundred.

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Davison, Alan J.
The Deserted Village of Didlington.
[Norwich, Norfolk Archaeological and Historical Research Group (NAHRG), in "NAHRG Bulletin", no.3, 1994]


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