Forncett St Peter


"FORNCETT ST. PETER, on the west side of a rivulet, opposite the above [ie Forncett St. Mary], 11½ miles S.S.W. of Norwich, and 5½ miles N.E. of New Buckenham, has in its parish 669 souls, 1851 acres of land, and the hamlets of Forncett end, 1½ mile W. of the church, and Buster's green, on the east side of the rivulet. The Duke of Norfolk is lord of the manor, and the copyholds are subject to arbitrary fines. The Church has an embattled tower and five bells, and its rectory is consolidated with that of Forncett St. Mary. The tithes have been commuted for £703 7s. 3½d. per annum. The Town Lands were exchanged at the enclosure in 1809, for 6A. 3R. 28P., let for £10, which is applied towards the support of the National School for both Forncetts; together with a yearly rent of 32s., left by an unknown donor, out of land belonging to Sir Robert J. Harvey. A fair for pleasure and pedlery is held here on the third Thursday in Sept." [William White, History, Gazetteer, and Directory of Norfolk (1845) - Transcription copyright © Ann Duncan]


Forncett St Peter is about 7 miles S.E. of Wymondham.
See also Forncett St Mary.


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 Peter.
    The church at Forncett End is dedicated to St Edmund.

Church History

Church of St Peter
Location, services, picture, etc.
Church of St Edmund, at Forncett End
Location, services, picture, etc.
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

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 Peter was in Depwade Registration District.

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Description & Travel

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

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Historical Geography

Forncett St Peter 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

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Land & Property



You can see maps centred on OS grid reference TM165930 (Lat/Lon: 52.491922, 1.187624), Forncett St Peter which are provided by:


Poor Houses, Poor Law