"HARDWICK, 5 miles N. of Harleston, and 12 miles S. of Norwich, has in its parish 269 souls, and 856 acres of land, held by several owners; but F. B. Frank, Esq., is lord of the manor, and patron of the discharged rectory, valued in the King's Book at £5, and consolidated with Shelton. The Church (St. Margaret,) has a nave and chancel, and some remains of a tower. The glebe here is 7A. 3R. 11P., and the tithes were commuted, in 1837, for £267. 13s. per annum. The Wesleyans have a chapel here." [William White, History, Gazetteer, and Directory of Norfolk (1845) - Transcription copyright © Ann Duncan]


Hardwick is about 9 miles N.E. of Diss.
There is also a Hardwick near King's Lynn. It is a hamlet of North Runcton.


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 History

Church of St Margaret
Location, etc.
Hook, David, and Tricker, Roy
The Hempnall Group of Churches.
Bedingham St Andrew; Fritton St Catherine; Hardwick St Margaret; Hempnall St Margaret; Morningthorpe St John the Baptist; Shelton St Mary; Topcroft St Margaret; Woodton All Saints.
[Hempnall, Hempnall Group of Churches, 1987]

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), Hardwick was in Depwade Registration District.

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Civil Registration

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Historical Geography

Hardwick 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

You can see the administrative areas in which Hardwick 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
Hardwick Inclosure Act, 1814.
An act for inclosing lands in the parish of Hardwick, in the county of Norfolk.
[London, J. Dorington, 1814]

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Land and Property



You can see maps centred on OS grid reference TM223900 (Lat/Lon: 52.462599, 1.270894), Hardwick which are provided by:


Poor Houses, Poor Law