"GARBOLDISHAM, a large village in the narrow valley of a small rivulet, 3½ miles S. of East Harling, has a few manufacturers of linen, or hempen cloth. Its parish contains 777 inhabitants, and 1958 acres of land, exclusive of a sheep walk of 740A. The Uphall estate belongs to Sir Wm. Abdy; but the lord of the other manors, and chief owner of the soil, is Crisp Molineux Montgomery, Esq., the patron of the CHURCH (St. John the Baptist,) a large edifice, with a square tower and six bells. The living is a rectory, valued in the King's Book at £19. 16s., and in 1831 at £495, and now enjoyed by the Rev. G.S.M. Montgomery, M.A., with 41A. of glebe. Here was formerly another Church (All Saints,) but after being dilapidated, it was taken down in 1734." [William White, History, Gazetteer, and Directory of Norfolk (1845) - Transcription copyright © Pat Newby]


Garboldisham is about 9 miles E. of Thetford.


Church Directories

  • In 1883 the parish was in the Deanery of Rockland, 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 John the Baptist.
    Until 1734, there was also another church, dedicated to All Saints.

Church History

Church of St John the Baptist
Description and pictures.
Church of St John the Baptist
Services, minister, address, etc.
Church of All Saints
Description and pictures of the ruins.
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 1902 (and for the censuses of 1851 to 1901), Garboldisham was in Guiltcross Registration District.

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

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Civil Registration


Description & Travel

Garboldisham Village Pages
News, events, organisations, etc.
Garboldisham Post Mill
Description, history and pictures.
Garboldisham Smock Mill
Description and history.
Garboldisham Tower Mill
Description and history.

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Description and Travel

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Historical Geography

Garboldisham is in Guiltcross Hundred.

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

You can see the administrative areas in which Garboldisham 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: Statute
Garboldisham Inclosure Act, 1840.
An act for inclosing lands in the parish of Garboldisham in the county of Norfolk: 23rd March 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 TM007817 (Lat/Lon: 52.396239, 0.948685), Garboldisham which are provided by:


Names, Personal


Poor Houses, Poor Law