"FERSFIELD, 4½ miles W.N.W. of Diss, has in its parish 295 inhabitants, and 1359A. 2R. 31P. of land, partly belonging to the Duke of Norfolk, the lord of the manor, in which the fines are arbitrary. The common was enclosed in 1799. The Church (St. Andrew,) contains effigies of two of its founders or rebuilders, - Sir Robert and Wm. Du Blois. The chancel was rebuilt in 1844. . . . The rectory, valued in the King's Book at £6. 6s. 8d., is in the patronage of Frederick Nassau, of Essexf [sic], and incumbency of the Rev. Benedict Perring, M.A., who has a good residence, 60A. 2R. 21P. of glebe, and a yearly rent of £375, awarded in 1838, in lieu of tithes." [William White, History, Gazetteer, and Directory of Norfolk (1845) - Transcription copyright © Ann Duncan]


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 St Andrew.

Church History

Church of St Andrew
Description and pictures.
Church of St Andrew
Services, etc.
Bryant, Thomas Hugh
Norfolk churches: Fersfield.

Church Records

Campling, Arthur
Index of Marriages, Fersfield, 1565-1741.
[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 1902 (and for the censuses of 1851 to 1901), Fersfield was in Guiltcross Registration District.

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

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Civil Registration


Description and Travel

Bressingham and Fersfield
Parish council, organisations, news, pictures, etc.
Fersfield Post Mill
Description, history and map.

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Description and Travel

You can see pictures of Fersfield which are provided by:




Historical Geography

Fersfield is in Diss Hundred.

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

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


Land and Property



You can see maps centred on OS grid reference TM065829 (Lat/Lon: 52.404932, 1.034688), Fersfield which are provided by:


Military Records

War Memorial
World War 1.
This is a link to an archived copy.

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Military Records


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 36 53 267
1811 40 52 297
1821 40 55 325
1831 63 65 292
1841 62 -- 295
1851 52 -- 285
Year   Inhabited
Families Population
1861 63 -- 295
1871 58 59 266
1881 60 62 288
1891 56 56 256
1901 55 55 219
1911 -- 55 261

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."
1901 Census
"Including Fersfield Common."