Forncett St Mary


"FORNCETT ST. MARY, 11 miles S.S.W. of Norwich, and 6 miles N.E. of New Buckenham, has in its parish 305 souls and 731 acres of land, belonging to several copyholders, (fines arbitrary,) and forming the head manor of the Liberty of the Duke of Norfolk, which comprises 127 parishes in this county, and formerly had a court here every three weeks. H. Birkbeck, Esq., and the Girls' Hospital, Norwich, have estates here. The Church is a rectory, valued in the King's Book at £20, and in 1831, at £982, with that of Fornett [sic] St. Peter annexed to it, in the patronage of the Earl of Effingham, and incumbency of the Rev. John D. Lane, A.M. The incumbent must be a fellow of St. John's College, Cambridge." [William White, History, Gazetteer, and Directory of Norfolk (1845) - Transcription copyright © Ann Duncan]


Forncett St Mary is about 6 miles S.E. of Wymondham.
See also Forncett St Peter.


Archives & Libraries

Forncett Industrial Steam Museum
A collection of stationary steam engines.


See also Norfolk Parish Links: Censuses


Church Directories

  • In 1883 the parish was in the Deanery of Depwade, 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.

Church History

Cotton, Simon and Tricker, Roy
The Forncetts, St. Edmund, St. Mary, St. Peter.
(The churches of St Peter, Forncett St Peter, St Mary, Forncett St Mary and St Edmund, Forncett End).
[Forncett, The Churches and Norfolk Churches Trust, 1980s]

Church Records

Archdeacon's Transcripts or Bishop's Transcripts
Baptisms, Marriages and Burials.
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 1930 (and for the censuses from 1851 to 1901), Forncett St Mary was in Depwade Registration District.

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Civil Registration


Description & Travel

Forncett Village Pages
Local news and information, parish council, etc.

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Description and Travel

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Historical Geography

Forncett St Mary is in Depwade Hundred.

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

Land & Property

Great Britain. Inclosure Commissioners
Statement of claims (72): Forncett Saint Peter and Saint Mary.
Drawn up in pursuance of the Act of Inclosure, 1810.
Great Britain: Statute
Forncett Saint Peter and Forncett Saint Mary Inclosure Act, 1809.
An act for inclosing lands in the parishes of Forncett Saint Peter and Forncett Saint Mary, in the county of Norfolk.
[An independently printed edition of the act, 1809]
1565: Land Survey
Forncett St Mary and Forncett St Peter.

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Land and Property



Davenport, Frances Gardiner
The economic development of a Norfolk manor, 1086-1565.
(This is the manor of Forncett).
[London, Cass, 1967]
[Originally published: Cambridge, University Press, 1906]


You can see maps centred on OS grid reference TM165940 (Lat/Lon: 52.500899, 1.188274), Forncett St Mary which are provided by:


Military Records


Poor Houses, Poor Law