"FELTWELL is a large village, with several neat houses, 6 miles W.N.W. of Brandon, and 6 miles S. of Stoke-Ferry, comprising in its extensive parish 1512 inhabitants, about 9639 acres of assessable land, and about 1200A. of open common, on which all the tenants have a right of pasturage and fuel. . . . The parish includes an extra-parochial place called Feltwell Anchor, where there are 19 inhabitants. . . . Here are two parish CHURCHES, both of which were thoroughly repaired about 12 years ago. St. Mary's, the largest, has a nave, aisles, chancel, and a massive square tower, with three bells and a clock. . . . St. Nicholas' Church is a small pile, on an eminence at the west end of the village, with a tower, round at the base and octangular at the top, and containing five bells. It was nearly destroyed by fire in 1494, when an "indulgence" was granted for its reparation. The rectories are now consolidated in the alternate patronage of the Crown and the Bishop of Ely. . . . The Rev. E.P. Sparke, M.A., is the incumbent, and has 177A. of glebe, and a commodious residence. The Baptists, Wesleyans, and Primitive Methodists have each a chapel here." [William White, History, Gazetteer, and Directory of Norfolk (1845) - Transcription copyright © Pat Newby]


Feltwell is about 12 miles W.N.W. of Thetford.
It is a large village consisting of the two parishes of Feltwell St Mary and Feltwell St Nicholas.
Feltwell Anchor became part of the parish of Little Ouse in 1866.


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 churches are dedicated to St Mary and St Nicholas.

Church History

Religion and Churches in Feltwell
Articles, etc.
The Parish Churches of Feltwell
St Mary and St Nicholas.
Description, history and pictures.
Church of St Mary
Services, etc.
Church of St Mary
Description of the bells and picture of the church.
Church of St Nicholas
Description of the bells and picture of the church.
Feltwell Methodist Church
History, ministers, etc.
Methodist Church
Minister, services, picture, etc.
Follow the link to the home page, then search for the church.

Church Records

These are not included in Boyd's Marriage Index or Phillimore's Marriage Registers.
Parish Register Extracts
This has been found by the Norfolk transcribers for FreeREG, in the Feltwell St Mary register of baptisms, marriages and burials 1684-1781.
Anno Domini 1747 Here was a great Mortality among the
Horned Cattle & they were Buried upon the Heath ground.

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), Feltwell was in Thetford Registration District.

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Civil Registration


Description & Travel

Feltwell Village History
History, publications, reminiscences, pictures, etc.
There is a lot of information here. Many links from this Genuki Norfolk page are direct links into relevant pages on the Feltwell Village History site.
Feltwell Tower Mill
Short description.
Feltwell Early Post Mill
Short description.
Feltwell Mill Drift Post Mill
Short description.
Feltwell Mill Drift Smock Mill
Description and history.
Feltwell Wilton Road Post Mill
Description, history and picture.
Feltwell Wilton Road Tower Mill
Description, history and pictures.
Feltwell Water Mill
Short description.

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You can see pictures of Feltwell which are provided by:





Feltwellians Around the World
People who have connections with Feltwell.

Historical Geography

Feltwell 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 Feltwell has been placed at times in the past. Select one to see a link to a map of that particular area.



Daubeney, Andrew Robert Vaughan
Feltwell, Norfolk: Some Odds and Ends.
[Coventry, Curtis and Beamish, 1940s]
Daubeney, Andrew Robert Vaughan
A Feltwell Family and Other Things: the Spencer family, the borough, registers, knobstick weddings, apparitions, sermons, etc.
[King's Lynn, Geo. R. Oswell, 1949]
Daubeney, Andrew Robert Vaughan
Feltwell: Some Further Notes and Tales.
[King's Lynn, Geo. R. Oswell and Son, 1954]
Daubeney, Andrew Robert Vaughan
Feltwell: Some Oddments: The Moundefords; Needle's Eye; Feltwell oak; St Nicholas; Edward Clough Newcome; scribbling; Feltwell roads; octogenarians; bench ends.
[King's Lynn, Geo. R. Oswell and Son, 1956]
Orange, Alfred James
The story of Feltwell, Norfolk.
[ISBN 0900616032, Wymondham, Geo R. Reeve, 1970]

Land & Property

Places and Buildings in Feltwell
Articles, lists, etc.
Great Britain. Inclosure Commissioners
Statement of claims (138): Feltwell.
Drawn up in pursuance of the Act of Inclosure, 1813.
Great Britain: Statute
Feltwell Inclosure Act, 1813.
An act for inclosing lands in the township of Feltwell, in the county of Norfolk: 3rd June 1813.
[London, George Eyre and Andrew Strahan, 1813]

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Land and Property



You can see maps centred on OS grid reference TL715906 (Lat/Lon: 52.486282, 0.523649), Feltwell which are provided by:


Military Records

Roll of Honour
World Wars 1 and 2.
Feltwell War Cemetery
Names, dates of death, ages, etc.

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Military Records


Names, Personal

People and Families of Feltwell
Articles, lists, names, etc.

Poor Houses, Poor Law



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
1801123210  948
1841300  --1512
1851353  --1675
Year  Inhabited
1861352  --1553
1911  --3311347

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.

1831 Census
"The Return of the Parish of Feltwell St. Mary and St. Nicholas mentions an Extra-Parochial spot, called Redmoor Fen, containing seven Inhabitants."
1851 Census
"The Return for Feltwell Parish includes Feltwell Anchor, stated to be extra-parochial, containing 48 persons in 1851."
1901 Census
"Including Feltwell Fens."