"GUIST, or Geiste, 2 miles W. of Foulsham, and 6 miles S.E. of Fakenham, is a pleasant scattered village, on the northern acclivity of the vale of the Wensum. Its parish has 425 souls, and about 1670 acres of land, mostly the property of Wm. Norris, Esq., lord of the manor, impropriator, and patron of the Church (St Andrew,) which contains several neat monuments to the Norris, Wiggett, Bulwer, and other families. The vicarage, valued in the King's Book at £5.15s.5d., and in 1831, at £160, was augmented, from 1745 to 1794, with £600 of Queen Anne's Bounty, laid out in 38A. of land, at Elmham and Sprowston. The Rev. J. Spurgeon, M.A., of Twyford, is the incumbent." [William White, History, Gazetteer, and Directory of Norfolk (1845) - Transcription copyright © Jayne Cole]


The name may also be spelled Geist or Geiste.


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 Andrew.

Church History

Church of St Andrew
Description and pictures.
Church of St Andrew
Services, etc.

Church Records

Parish Register Transcripts
Baptisms 1813-1880
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), Guist was in Mitford and Launditch Registration District.

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Civil Registration


Description and Travel

Guist Water Mill
Description, history and pictures.

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Historical Geography

Guist 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 Guist has been placed at times in the past. Select one to see a link to a map of that particular area.


Land and Property

Great Britain. Inclosure Commissioners
Statement of Claims (24): Geist.
Drawn up in pursuance of the Act of Inclosure, 1813.
Great Britain: Statute
Guist Inclosure Act, 1813.
An act for inclosing lands in the parish of Geist, in the county of Norfolk: 23rd March 1813.
[London, George Eyre and Andrew Strahan, 1813]
[London, J. Dorington, 1813]

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Land and Property



You can see maps centred on OS grid reference TF999255 (Lat/Lon: 52.790358, 0.96277), Guist which are provided by:


Military Records


Poor Houses, Poor Law, etc.



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
Families Population
1801 28 48 234
1811 32 57 260
1821 39 73 308
1831 78 89 363
1841 82 -- 425
1851 76 -- 368
Year   Inhabited
Families Population
1861 75 -- 361
1871 70 74 330
1881 76 77 390
1891 74 74 366
1901 75 75 381
1911 -- 80 352

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.

1901 Census
"Including Upper Guist."