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"GUESTWICK, a scattered village and parish, 5 miles N.W. of Reepham, has 200 souls, and 1650 acres. W.E.L. Bulwer, Esq., owns most of the soil, and is lord of the manor, impropriator, and patron of the Church (St. Peter,) which was appropriated to Waltham Abbey by Everard de Geiste, and has a tower at the east end of the north aisle, and some fine specimens of ancient stained glass. The vicarage, valued in the King's Book at £5. 10s., and in 1831, at £75, has 18A. of glebe, and is enjoyed by the Rev. Edward Bulwer, of Sall. It was augmented with £200 of Queen Anne's Bounty, in 1809. Lady Suffield, Sir E.H. Alderson, W.M. Heath, Esq., and a few others, have estates in the parish. Here is a large Independent Chapel, founded in 1652, but rebuilt in 1809, and repaired and partly rebuilt, in the Tudor style, in 1840." [William White, History, Gazetteer, and Directory of Norfolk (1845) - Transcription copyright © Pat Newby]

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Guestwick is about 8 miles W. of Aylsham.

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Church Directories

  • In 1883 the parish was in the Deanery of Sparham, 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.
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Church History

Church of St Peter
Description and pictures.
Church of St Peter
Services, etc.
Cotton, Simon; Sayer, Michael; and Tricker, Roy
St Peter's Church, Guestwick.
[Guestwick, Norfolk, 1979?]
Rogerson, Andrew
Three Norman churches in Norfolk.

[East Anglian Archaeology, Report 32, 1987]
 
Guestwick Congregational Church
Description and pictures.
Alexander, John, 1792-1868
The death of ministers, an event of peculiar importance: a sermon, preached in the Independent Meeting-House at Guestwick, April 2, 1824, after the internment of J. Sykes [John Sykes, Dissenting Minister]. To which is prefixed a brief history of the church and its ministers.
[Norwich, 1824]
Cozens-Hardy, Basil
The first seventy years of Guestwick Independent Church.
[Norwich, Norfolk and Norwich Archaeological Society, in "Norfolk Archaeology", vol.21, 1923]
Thorpe, A.F.
From the Guestwick Church Book, 1692-1732.
[In "Transactions of the Congregational Historical Society", vol.XVI, no.4, 1951]
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Church Records

Marriages
These are not included in Boyd's Marriage Index or Phillimore's Marriage Registers.
Pryor, Kathryn
The first register of Guestwick Independent Church 1694-1854.
[Typescript in Norwich Local Studies Library, 2000]

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Church Records

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Civil Registration

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

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Civil Registration

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Gazetteers

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Historical Geography

Guestwick is in Eynsford Hundred.

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

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

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Maps

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference TG057269 (Lat/Lon: 52.800323, 1.05048), Guestwick which are provided by:

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Poor Houses, Poor Law

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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
18012630129
18113135151
18212336171
18313739188
184136--200
185139--222
Year  Inhabited
Houses
FamiliesPopulation
186142--203
18714242196
18814040183
18914141190
19014343207
1911--46194

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.