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"HALVERGATE, a parish and well-built village, 7 miles W. of Yarmouth, has 495 souls, and 2675A. 2R. 35P. of land, two-thirds of which are marshes. Though now distant about 3 miles S. of the Bure, and 4 miles N. of the Yare, Halvergate was a sea port, before the land was formed on which Yarmouth is built. Robert Fellowes, Esq., is lord of the manor, and owner of part of the soil; and the rest belongs to Robert Howard, Esq., C. and R. Gillett, and a few smaller owners. The CHURCH (St. Peter and St. Paul,) is an ancient fabric, but the chancel has been rebuilt of brick. The vicarage, valued in the King's Book at £5, has 43A. 1R. 14P. of glebe, and a yearly rent of £236. 9s. 4d. in lieu of tithes. The Rev. George Burgess is the incumbent; and the Bishop of Ely is patron, and also appropriator of the rectorial tithes, which have been commuted for £330. 9s. 10d. per annum." [William White, History, Gazetteer, and Directory of Norfolk (1845) - Transcription copyright © Pat Newby]


Church Directories

  • In 1883 the parish was in the Deanery of Blofield, 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

Methodist Church
Minister, services, picture, etc.
Follow the link to the home page, then search for the church.

Civil Registration

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

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Civil Registration


Description and Travel

Halvergate Village Pages
Local information, maps, etc.

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Description and Travel

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Historical Geography

Halvergate is in Walsham Hundred.

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

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



Grint, Brian S.
The Halvergate Chronicles.
[Typescript in Norwich Local Studies Library, 1984]
Hutchinson, Sheila
The Halvergate Fleet, past and present.
[Norwich, 2001]

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   59 79 397
1811   79 80 392
1821   76 81 449
1831   84 88 465
1841 102 -- 495
1851 116 -- 545
Year   Inhabited
Families Population
1861 113   -- 541
1871 115 115 452
1881 123 124 482
1891 115 117 504
1901 106 106 455
1911   -- 109 473

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.

1851 and 1861 Censuses
"Parts of the following Parishes in the South Walsham Subdistrict, are situate in the Marshes at distances varying from two to seven miles from the respective villages: South Walsham St. Lawrence, Upton, Acle, Halvergate, Tunstall, Wickhampton, Freethorpe, and Reedham."