West Harling


"HARLING, (WEST) a parish of scattered houses, from 1 to 2 miles W.S.W. of East Harling, contains 117 souls, and 3166 acres of land, belonging to the Right Hon. Nicholas Wm. Ridley Colborne, who was created BARON COLBORNE, in 1839, and was born in 1779. . . .  brother to the late Sir M.W. Ridley, Bart., of Newcastle on Tyne. On succeeding to the estate of his maternal uncle, Wm. Colborne, Esq., he assumed the surname of Colborne, and has since resided at West Harling Hall,  . . . His lordship is lord of the manor and patron of the rectory, valued in the King's Book at £9. 18s. 4d., and in 1831, at £185. The Rev. Charles John Ridley, M.A., is the incumbent. The Church (All Saints,)  . . . and in the chancel are three fine brasses, one of a priest and two of the Birdwell family, who resided here in an embattled mansion, which was demolished in 1725. Here was anciently a hamlet called Middle Harling, with a church (St. Andrew,) which was levelled in 1543." [William White, History, Gazetteer, and Directory of Norfolk (1845) - Transcription copyright © Pat Newby]


West Harling is about 6 miles E. of Thetford.
It includes the hamlet of Middle Harling.
See also East Harling.



Not all memorials may be included, even when a transcription is marked as complete, for example when stones are not legible enough to be read or photographed.

Church of All Saints
Transcriptions and photographs of memorials.

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Cemeteries



See also Norfolk Parish Links: Censuses


Church Directories

  • In 1883 the parish was in the Deanery of Rockland, 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 All Saints.

Church History

Church of All Saints
Description and pictures.

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 1902 (and for the censuses of 1851 to 1901), West Harling was in Guiltcross Registration District.

This district was abolished on 1st April 1902 and, from then until 1930, West Harling was in Thetford Registration District for civil registration.

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Civil Registration


Description & Travel

Harling Parish Council for East and West Harling
Councillors, meetings, minutes, etc.

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Description and Travel

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Historical Geography

West Harling is in Guiltcross Hundred.

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

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


Land & Property

Land Tax
Principal property owners and occupiers, and the amounts paid.

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Land and Property



You can see maps centred on OS grid reference TL964841 (Lat/Lon: 52.419173, 0.887361), West Harling which are provided by:


Military Records


Poor Houses, Poor Law