"HAPTON, 9 miles S.W. of Norwich, has in its parish 203 souls, and 657 acres of land, mostly the property of Hudson Gurney, Esq., but Lord Berners is lord of the manor. The Church (St. Margaret,) is a perpetual curacy, valued in 1831 at only £40. The Rev. Ezekiel Sparke, M.A., is the incumbent, and the patronage, with the appropriation of the tithes, belongs to Christ College, Cambridge. Here is an Unitarian Chapel, which was built by Presbyterians in 1741, and is endowed with a good house for the minister, and about 115A. of land, left by a Mrs. Gay." [William White, History, Gazetteer, and Directory of Norfolk (1845) - Transcription copyright © Ann Duncan]


Church Directories

  • In 1883 the parish was in the Deanery of Depwade, in the archdeaconry of Norfolk.
    It could have been in a different deanery or archdeaconry both before and after this date.
  • The parish church is dedicated to St Margaret.

Church Records

Goldsmith, Wendy
Nonconformist Registers (vol 8): Hapton Unitarian.
Births, Baptisms and Burials 1792-1834.
[Norfolk and Norwich Genealogical Society, 19xx]
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), Hapton was in Depwade Registration District.

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Civil Registration

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Historical Geography

Hapton is in Depwade Hundred.

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

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Poor Houses, Poor Law