Great Hautbois


"HAUTBOYS, (GREAT) on the north side of the Bure, eight miles N.N.E. of Norwich, is a small village and parish, with 162 inhabitants, and about 589 acres of land, mostly belonging to Lord Suffield, the lord of the manor. The Church (St. Theobald,) has a round tower, and is a rectory, valued in the King's Book at £4. 6s. 8d. Samuel Bignold, Esq., is the patron, and the Rev. W.J. Blake, of Lammas, is the incumbent. The tithes were commuted in 1842 for 208 [sic] per annum. At the head of Hautboys, or as it is vulgarly called, Hobbies Causeway, there stood an Hospital, founded about 1235, by Sir Peter de Alto Bosco, for the reception of travellers and poor people, and licensed by the pope to have a chapel bell and chaplain. In 1312, Sir Robert Baynard converted his manor-house here into a castle; but no traces of it are now extant." [William White, History, Gazetteer, and Directory of Norfolk (1845) - Transcription copyright © Richard Johns]


Great Hautbois is about 5 miles S.E. of Aylsham.
Great and Little Hautbois are sometimes known as "the Hobbies". The spellings vary, eg Hautboys.
See also Little Hautbois.


Church Directories

  • In 1883 the parish was in the Deanery of Ingworth, 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 Theobald.

Civil Registration

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

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Civil Registration

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Historical Geography

Great Hautbois is in South Erpingham Hundred.

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

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Poor Houses, Poor Law

  • After 1834 Great Hautbois became part of the Aylsham Union, and the workhouses were at Buxton and Oulton. These were replaced by a new workhouse at Aylsham in 1849.