Little Hautbois


"HAUTBOYS, (LITTLE) which adjoins [Great Hautboys], was once a separate parish, but has long been united with that of Lammas. It has 42 inhabitants, and about 338 acres of land. The Bishop of Norwich is lord of the manor, but the soil belongs chiefly to Sir H.T.E. Durrant, Captain Davy, and Norwich Charity Trustees. The latter own Hautboys Hall, a large brick house, in the Elizabethan style, occupied by a farmer. The Church (St. Mary,) stood near the Bure, but no vestiges of it are now extant. The rectory, valued in the King's Book at £7, is consolidated with Lammas, which see." [William White, History, Gazetteer, and Directory of Norfolk (1845) - Transcription copyright © Richard Johns]


Little Hautbois is about 6 miles S.E. of Aylsham.
Great and Little Hautbois are sometimes known as "the Hobbies". The spellings vary, eg Hautboys.
See also Great Hautbois and Lammas.


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 was dedicated to St Mary, but there were no traces of it in 1845.

Civil Registration

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

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Civil Registration

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Historical Geography

Little 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 Little 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.