Hide

Gaywood

hide
Hide

"GAYWOOD is a considerable village, at the junction of the Castle-Rising and Gayton roads, 1 mile E. of Lynn; adjoining to which town it has in its parish a suburb of cottages called Highgate, a modern row of neat houses called Albion Place, a good Inn and bowling-green, called the Spread Eagle, several windmills, and the Hospital of St. Mary Magdalen, already described with Lynn, to which it belongs. The parish of Gaywood has increased its population since the year 1821, from 474 to 1,064 souls, and contains about 2,200A. of land, of which nearly 1,400 acres belongs to Richd. Bagge, Esq., the lord of the manor. The Dean and Chapter of Norwich have 150A. here. . . . The inhabitants are much inconvenienced by two toll-bars at the entrances to the village from Castle-Rising and Gayton. The CHURCH (St. Faith) is a plain cemented building, with a brick tower and three bells, and is partly sheltered by the plantations of the handsome rectory-house, which adjoins the burial ground. The rectory, valued in the King's Book at £5 13s. 4d., and in 1831 at £505, is in the gift of Richard Bagge, Esq., and incumbency of the Rev. Thomas Hulton, M.A. The National School, consisting of two large rooms for boys and girls, was built by subscription, in 1833." [William White, History, Gazetteer, and Directory of Norfolk (1845) - Transcription copyright © Pat Newby]

Hide
topup

Cemeteries

Norfolk and Norwich Genealogical Society, West Norfolk Branch
Memorial Inscriptions for St Faith's Churchyard, Gaywood.
[Norfolk FHS, 1988]

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Cemeteries

topup

Church Directories

  • In 1883 the parish was in the Deanery of Lynn Norfolk, in the archdeaconry of Norwich.
  • The parish church is dedicated to St Faith.
topup

Church History

Church of St Faith
Description and pictures.
Church of St Faith
Services, etc.
Roman Catholic Church of the Holy Family
Description and pictures.
Methodist Church
Minister, services, picture, etc.
Follow the link to the home page, then search for the church.
topup

Church Records

Marriages 1653-1837
See Phillimore's Marriage Registers, Volume 9.
Marriages
These are included in Boyd's Marriage Index.

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Church Records

topup

Civil Registration

For the civil registration of births, marriages and deaths between 1837 and 1930 (and for the censuses from 1851 to 1901), Gaywood was in Freebridge Lynn Registration District.

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Civil Registration

topup

Description & Travel

Avis, Anthony
Gaywood: a Norfolk Village Childhood.
Memories of the village and people from 1927 to 1946.
[ISBN 0952366606, 1996]
Avis, Anthony
Gaywood Remembered: a Pictorial Recollection.
[ISBN 0952366614, 1995]
Avis, Anthony
Gaywood Past: Some Historical Notes.
[ISBN 0952366649, 1999]
Avis, Anthony
The Avis Family of Gaywood: a brief account of their residence in Gaywood from around 1830 to 1946.
[Privately published, 2002]
Gaywood Fairstead Post Mill
Description, history and maps.
Gaywood Almshouse Lane Post Mill
Description and history.
Gaywood Almshouse Lane Tower Mill
Description, history and maps.
Gaywood Homeland Road Tower Mill
Description, history and pictures.
Gaywood Loke Road Post Mill (earlier)
Description and history.
Gaywood Loke Road Post Mill (later)
Description and history.
Gaywood Wootton Road Post Mill
Description and history.
Gaywood Wootton Road Tower Mill
Description, history and pictures.

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Description and Travel

You can see pictures of Gaywood which are provided by:

topup

Gazetteers

topup

Historical Geography

Gaywood is in Freebridge Lynn hundred.

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

topup

Land & Property

Great Britain. Inclosure Commissioners
Statement of Claims: Gaywood (25) and Mintlyn (2) [and South Wootton (7)].
Drawn up in pursuance of the Act of Inclosure, 1808.
[1808]
Great Britain: Statute
Gaywood and Mintlyn Inclosure Act, 1808.
An act for inclosing lands in the parishes of Gaywood and Mintlyn, in the county of Norfolk: 14th April 1808.
[London, George Eyre and Andrew Strahan, 1808]

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Land and Property

topup

Maps

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference TF638208 (Lat/Lon: 52.760191, 0.426585), Gaywood which are provided by:

topup

Poor Houses, Poor Law

topup

Population

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
Houses
FamiliesPopulation
1801  83  83  410
1811  86  93  483
1821  98109  474
1831200216  924
1841225---1064
1851280---1338
Year  Inhabited
Houses
FamiliesPopulation
1861325---1368
18713663661489
1881171175  805
1891221221  952
19012632631141
1911---3441411

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.

1831 Census
"Many houses have been built in the Parishes of Gayton and Gaywood, to which cause the increase of Population (166 and 450 Persons respectively) is attributed."
1831 Census [sic]
"The increase of population in Gaywood is attributed to the extension of building."
1881 Census
No reason is given for the decrease in population, though White's Directory for 1883 says "a portion [of Highgate] has lately been incorporated with the borough of Lynn".