"ELSING, a long straggling village on the south side of the vale of the Wensum, 5 miles E.N.E. of East Dereham, has in its parish 457 souls, and 1535A. 2R. 32P. of land, mostly the property of E. Lombe, Esq., and the Rev. Richard Eaton, A.B., the latter of whom is lord of the manor, and is about to assume the name of Browne, as his late father died when he succeeded to the Elsing Hall Estate. He is also patron and incumbent of the Church, which has a square tower and five bells, and has in its east window figures of Hugh de Hastings and his wife, and in its chancel a mutilated brass, in memory of Sir Anthony Browne." [William White, History, Gazetteer, and Directory of Norfolk (1845) - Transcription copyright © Pat Newby]


Elsing is about 6 miles S.W. of Reepham.


Church Directories

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

Church History

The Church
The Church of St Mary the Virgin, Elsing.
[Elsing, The Church, 1970s]
Manning, Charles Robertson
Elsing Church.
[Norwich, Norfolk and Norwich Archaeological Society, in "Norfolk Archaeology, vol.6, 1864]

Civil Registration

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

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Civil Registration


Description & Travel

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Historical Geography

Elsing is in Eynsford Hundred.

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

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



Mumby, Joyce
Elsing, a village history.
[Elsing Heritage Society, 1987]

Land & Property

Jeckell, Thomas
Brief remarks on Elsing Hall.
[Norwich, Norfolk and Norwich Archaeological Society, in "Norfolk Archaeology", vol.6, 1864]
Great Britain: Statute
Elsing Inclosure Act, 1841.
An act for dividing, allotting, and inclosing lands in the parish of Elsing in the county of Norfolk: 21st June 1841.
[London, George Edward Eyre and Andrew Spottiswoode, 1841]

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Land and Property



You can see maps centred on OS grid reference TG054169 (Lat/Lon: 52.710559, 1.038636), Elsing which are provided by:


Names, Personal


Poor Houses, Poor Law