"GISSING, a pleasant scattered village, 5 miles N. by E. of Diss, has in its parish 498 souls, and 1907 acres of fertile land. It is in two portions, called Upper and Lower Streets, and had anciently a weekly market. It has a pleasure fair on July 25th. Two farms belong to the Earl of Orford and Doughty's Hospital, Norwich, and here are a few smaller proprietors. The rest of the parish belongs to the Rev. Sir Wm. Rt. Kemp, Bart., the patron and incumbent of the rectory, and lord of the manors, of Gissing, Kemps-with-Dallings, and Gissing-cum-Dagworth. . . . The Church (St. Mary,) is a neat structure, with a round tower and four bells. It has several monuments of the Kemps, and attached to the chancel are two small chapels, under one of which is their vault, and in the other is their family pew. In one of the buttresses, are the remains of the stairs which led to the rood-loft where the Rev. - Gibbs, a harmless rector, but a nonjuror, used to sleep, with a window at his head, so that he could see the altar." [William White, History, Gazetteer, and Directory of Norfolk (1845) - Transcription copyright © Ann Duncan]


Church Directories

  • In 1883 the parish was in the Deanery of Redenhall, 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 Records

These are included in Boyd's Marriage Index.
They are not included in 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), Gissing was in Depwade Registration District.

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Civil Registration


Description & Travel

Gissing Mill
Description, history and pictures.
Brighton, Verbena
Nuts 'n May: a childhood in a Norfolk village [Gissing].
[ISBN 0951697005, 1990]

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Description and Travel

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Historical Geography

Gissing is in Diss Hundred.

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

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



You can see maps centred on OS grid reference TM145854 (Lat/Lon: 52.424041, 1.153397), Gissing which are provided by:


Poor Houses, Poor Law