"GRESSENHALL, a village and parish on the Litcham road, 3 miles N.W. of East Dereham, had 957 inhabitants, in 1841, including 242 in Mitford and Launditch Union Workhouse . . . The parish contains 2,582A. of land, including 350A. 33P., which anciently formed part of the dissolved parish of Great Bittering. The manors, are North and South Soken and Rougholm, of which J.D.H. Hill, Esq., is lord; and Hareford's, of which A.C. Spurgeon, Esq., is lord, but part of the soil belongs to other proprietors. The CHURCH, dedicated to the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin, is a large structure, in the cathedral form, with a short but massive tower, rising in the centre, and formerly surmounted by a spire, which was taken down in 1698. . . . The rectory is valued in the King's Book at £15.13s.4d., and is in the patronage of King's College, Cambridge, and the incumbency of the Rev. Dennis Hill, who rebuilt the Rectory House, about 1808." [William White, History, Gazetteer, and Directory of Norfolk (1845) - Transcription copyright © Susan Well]



Carrington, A.C.
A record of the monumental inscriptions in the church and churchyard of St Mary, Gressenhall, with plan.
[ISBN 0950763101, Gressenhall, Gressenhall News and Views, Women's Institutes Churchyard Project, 1980-1981]

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Cemeteries


Church Directories

  • In 1883 the parish was in the Deanery of Brisley, 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 St Mary the Virgin.
    There was also a chapel at Rougholm, dedicated to St Nicholas.

Church History

Church of St Mary the Virgin
Description and pictures.
Chapel of St Nicholas
Description and pictures.
Methodist Church
Minister, services, picture, etc.
Follow the link to the home page, then search for the church.
Jolly, Cyril
The Story of Gressenhall Methodist Church, or God's Cottage.
[Gressenhall, 1985]

Church Records

Purple, Jennifer J.
Parish Registers of St Mary's Church, Gressenhall, Norfolk.
Transcribed and indexed.
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), Gressenhall was in Mitford and Launditch Registration District.

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Civil Registration


Description & Travel

Gressenhall Water Mill
Description, history and pictures.
Gressenhall Smock Mill
Puddy, Eric
The history of Gressenhall Mill and Mill House.
[Ipswich, East Anglian Magazine, 1966]

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Description and Travel

You can see pictures of Gressenhall which are provided by:




Historical Geography

Gressenhall is in Launditch Hundred.

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

You can see the administrative areas in which Gressenhall 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
Beetley, Great Bittering and Gressenhall Inclosure Act, 1774.
An act for dividing, allotting and inclosing, the open and common fields, crofts, brecks and other half year closes, in the parishes of Beetley, Great Bittering and Gressenhall, in the county of Norfolk within the liberty of Sheepwalk, called Beetley Sheepwalk; and for dividing, allotting and inclosing certain commons and waste lands, within the said parish of Beetley.
Great Britain. Inclosure Commissioners
Statement of Claims: Gressenhall and Great Bittering (79), and East Bilney (25).
Drawn up in pursuance of the Act of Inclosure, 1811.
Great Britain: Statute
Gressenhall, East Bilney and Great Bittering Inclosure Act, 1811.
An act for inclosing lands in the parishes of Gressenhall, East Bilney, and Great Bittering, in the county of Norfolk: 4th April 1811.

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Land and Property



You can see maps centred on OS grid reference TF965166 (Lat/Lon: 52.711339, 0.906805), Gressenhall which are provided by:



Carrington, A. and Carrington, B.
Gressenhall News and Views.
[ISSN 02614308, Gressenhall, 1977-]

Poor Houses, Poor Law

After 1834 Gressenhall became part of the Mitford and Launditch Union, and the workhouse was in this parish.

Gressenhall Farm and Workhouse
Description, events, opening times, etc.
Mitford and Launditch Union
Parishes in the union, their arrangements for the poor before 1834, etc.
Mitford and Launditch Union and Workhouse
Description from White's Directory of Norfolk, 1845.
Mitford and Launditch Union and Workhouse
Description and pictures.
Mitford and Launditch Union and Workhouse
Staff, inmates, plan of the buildings, etc.
Pope, Stephen
Gressenhall Farm and Workhouse.
[ISBN 0946148740, Cromer, Poppyland Publishing, 2006]
Pope, Stephen
Gressenhall Workhouse Laundry.
[Norwich, Norfolk Industrial Archaeology Society (NIAS), in NIAS Journal vol.7 no.5, 2005]
Reid, Andy
Gressenhall Workhouse, an historical introduction.
[Norfolk Museums and Archaeology Service, 2002]
Reid, Andy
The Union Workhouse: A Study Guide for Teachers and Local Historians.
Includes the Mitford and Launditch Union at Gressenhall, the Depwade Union at Pulham Market, and the Loddon and Clavering Union at Heckingham.
[ISBN 0850339146, Chichester, Phillimore, for the British Association for Local History, 1994]