"FREETHORPE, 8 miles W. by S. of Yarmouth, and 12 miles E.S.E. of Norwich, has in its parish 388 souls, and 903 acres of land, including 34A of commons. It belongs mostly to R.H.V. Walpole and R. Nevill, Esqrs., and partly to Robert Gilbert, Esq. They are also impropriators of the rectorial tithes, and the two former are lords of the manor. The Church (All Saints,) is a vicarage, valued in the King's Book at £12, and consolidated with Reedham rectory." [William White, History, Gazetteer, and Directory of Norfolk (1845) - Transcription copyright © Pat Newby]


Church Directories

  • In 1883 the parish was in the Deanery of Blofield, 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 All Saints.

Church History

Church of All Saints
Description and pictures.
Church of All Saints
Minister, location, services, etc.
Church of All Saints
Pictures of the church.
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.

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), Freethorpe was in Blofield Registration District.

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Civil Registration


Description & Travel

Hutchinson, Sheila
Freethorpe Past and Present.
[ISBN 0954168384, Norwich, 2011]

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Description and Travel

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Historical Geography

Freethorpe is in Blofield Hundred.

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

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


Land & Property

Great Britain. Inclosure Commissioners
Statement of Claims (55): Freethorpe, Limpenhoe and Reedham.
Drawn up in pursuance of the Act of Inclosure, 1840.
Great Britain: Statute
Freethorpe, Limpenhoe and Reedham Inclosure Act, 1840.
An act for inclosing lands in the parishes of Freethorpe, Limpenhoe, and Reedham, in the county of Norfolk, 3rd April 1840.
[London, George Edward Eyre and Andrew Spottiswoode, 1840]

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Land and Property



You can see maps centred on OS grid reference TG410053 (Lat/Lon: 52.592412, 1.556194), Freethorpe which are provided by:


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
Families Population
1801 29 41 207
1811 45 45 236
1821 36 53 304
1831 34 61 289
1841 76 -- 383
1851 99 -- 495
Year   Inhabited
Families Population
1861   94 --- 425
1871 101 101 451
1881   97   98 400
1891   97   97 416
1901   96   98 411
1911 ---   97 380

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.

1851 and 1861 Censuses
"Parts of the following Parishes in the South Walsham Subdistrict, are situate in the Marshes at distances varying from two to seven miles from the respective villages: South Walsham St. Lawrence, Upton, Acle, Halvergate, Tunstall, Wickhampton, Freethorpe, and Reedham."
1861 Census
"The decrease of population in the parish of Freethorpe is attributed partly to the migration of young persons and partly to emigration."
1901 Census
"Including Freethorpe Common."