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"ECCLES parish, 2½ miles N.E. of East Harling, lies on the north side of the river Thet, and contains only 1630 acres of land, and 124 inhabitants. The soil belongs to the Earl of Albemarle, and Sir Thos. B. Beevor, Bart. The latter is lord of the manor and owner of the ancient Hall, which is occupied by Lady Flower, and occasionally by Sir James Flower, Bart., M.P., whose chief seats are Lobb Farm, Oxfordshire, and Woodford, Essex. The CHURCH (St. Mary,) has a small round tower and three bells, and is a rectory, valued in the King's Book at £14. The glebe is 26A., and the tithes have been commuted for £250 per annum. Sir T.B. Beevor is patron, and the Rev. Richard Lubbock, M.A., incumbent. The former Bishops of the diocese had a seat here till the time of Henry VIII. A common was enclosed in 1812, and most of the waste lands have lately been planted." [William White, History, Gazetteer, and Directory of Norfolk (1845) - Transcription copyright © Pamela Littlefair]

Eccles is about 8 miles N.W. of Diss.
See also Eccles by the Sea.



Not all memorials may be included, even when a transcription is marked as complete, for example when stones are not legible enough to be read or photographed.

Church of St Mary the Virgin
Transcriptions and photographs of memorials.
Church of St Mary the Virgin
Transcriptions and photographs of memorials.

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Church Directories

  • In 1883 the parish was in the Deanery of Rockland, 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 St Mary the Virgin.

Church History

Church of St Mary the Virgin
Description and pictures.
Church of St Mary the Virgin
Pictures of the church.
Church of St Mary the Virgin
Services, etc.
Cotton, Simon; and Tricker, Roy
St Mary the Virgin, Eccles and All Saints, Wilby.
[Norfolk Churches Trust, 1970s]

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 1902 (and for the censuses of 1851 to 1901), Eccles was in Guiltcross Registration District.

This district was abolished on 1st April 1902 and, from then until 1930, Eccles was in Wayland Registration District for civil registration.

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Civil Registration


Description and Travel

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Historical Geography

Eccles is in Shropham Hundred.

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

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Land and Property

Kelly, Geoffrey Ian
Eccles Hall, Norfolk, a history.
[Typescript in Norwich Local Studies Library, 1988]
Land Tax
Principal property owners and occupiers, and the amounts paid.
1767-1798, and 1800-1833.

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Land and Property


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 13 19 103
1811 12 19 103
1821 12 23 122
1831 12 22 122
1841 25 -- 124
1851 38 -- 185
Year   Inhabited
Families Population
1861 38 -- 194
1871 42 42 186
1881 39 39 208
1891 42 42 216
1901 41 41 198
1911 -- 42 198

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.

1861 Census
"GUILTCROSS. The decrease of population in most of the parishes of this District is attributed partly to the migration of labourers to towns and manufacturing districts. In some parishes it has also been consequent upon the failure of hand-loom hemp-cloth weaving."