"GRISTON, 2 miles S.E. of Watton, has in its parish 227 souls and 1360A. of land, mostly the property of Mrs. Barker, lady of the manor of Griston Hall; besides which here is a small rectorial manor, of which the Bishop of Ely is lord, being impropriator of the great tithes, and patron of the vicarage, valued in the King's Book at £7. 8s. 9d., and in 1831 at £202, and now enjoyed by the Rev. Wm. Hepworth, B.A. The vicarial tithes were commuted in 1839 for £170 per annum, and the vicar has also £12 yearly from the tithes of Watton and Thompson. Geo. Franklin, Esq., is lessee of the rectory. The Church (St. Peter and St. Paul) is a large structure, with a lofty tower, rebuilt in 1477. The north window has a curious painting representing a priest preaching to a large congregation. The pulpit and a few of the pews are richly carved, and in the chancel is an antique stall." [William White, History, Gazetteer, and Directory of Norfolk (1845) - Transcription copyright © Pat Newby]


See also Grimston.


Church Directories

  • In 1883 the parish was in the Deanery of Breckles, 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 Peter and St Paul.

Church History

Church of St Peter and St Paul
Description and pictures.
Cotton, Simon
The Church of St Peter and St Paul, Griston: A short guide to its history.
[Holt, Norfolk Churches Trust, 1980s]

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), Griston was in Wayland Registration District.

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Civil Registration

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Historical Geography

Griston is in Wayland Hundred.

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

You can see the administrative areas in which Griston 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
Griston Inclosure Act, 1806.
An act for inclosing lands in the parish of Griston, in the county of Norfolk.
[London, George Eyre and Andrew Strahan, 1806]

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Land and Property



You can see maps centred on OS grid reference TL942993 (Lat/Lon: 52.55646, 0.863737), Griston which are provided by:


Poor Houses, Poor Law