"HARPLEY is a pleasant village on the crown and declivities of a lofty eminence, 12½ miles E.N.E. of Lynn, comprising in its parish 376 inhabitants, and 2,176 acres of land, including an extensive sheep walk. The Marquis Cholmondeley is lord of the manor, and owner of about 1,650 acres; and the rest belongs to J. Raven, Esq., except a few acres belonging to Mr. W.P. Walker; 88½A. of glebe; 14A. of church land; and several cottages belonging to Mr. W. Herring. The CHURCH, (St. Lawrence,) stands near the summit of the hill, and commands an extensive view of the surrounding country. It was built by Sir Robert Knowls, a famous general in the reigns of Edward III. and Richard II. The rectory, valued in the King's Book at £22, and in 1831 at £511, is in the gift of Anthony Hamond, Esq., and incumbency of the Rev. Wm. Pratt, B.A." [William White, History, Gazetteer, and Directory of Norfolk (1845) - Transcription copyright © Pat Newby]


Church Directories

  • In 1883 the parish was in the Deanery of Lynn Norfolk, in the archdeaconry of Norwich.
  • The parish church is dedicated to St Lawrence.

Church History

Church of St Lawrence
Description and pictures.
Church of St Lawrence
Services, etc.
Jones, Mrs Herbert
Notes on Harpley Church.
[Norwich, Norfolk and Norwich Archaeological Society, in "Norfolk Archaeology", vol.8, 1879]
The Church
Harpley, Church of St Lawrence.
[Harpley, the Church, 1970]

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), Harpley was in Freebridge Lynn Registration District.

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Civil Registration


Description & Travel

Harpley Village
News, events, history, pictures, parish council, church, rectors, map, etc.
Harpley Post Mill
Description and history.
Harpley Tower Mill
Description, history and pictures.
Manning, D.
Harpley Windmill, an investigation.
[Norwich, Norfolk Industrial Archaeology Society, in the Journal vol.4, no.5, 1990]

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Description and Travel

You can see pictures of Harpley which are provided by:




Historical Geography

Harpley is in Freebridge Lynn hundred.

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



Parish outline and location - See Parish Map for Freebridge Lynn Registration District, 1836 and nearby places.

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Maps

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference TF787259 (Lat/Lon: 52.801412, 0.649565), Harpley which are provided by:


Poor Houses, Poor Law