"HILLINGTON, or Hellington, 7 miles S.E. of Norwich, has only 64 souls, and 516A. of land, belonging partly to Doughty's Hospital, Norwich, and Mr. George Barham. The CHURCH (St. John the Baptist,) has a round tower. The rectory (not in charge) was valued in 1831 at £126. It is in the alternate patronage of Sir W. B. Proctor, and Sir C. H. Rich; and is now enjoyed by the Rev. J. Gilbert, of Chedgrave." [William White, History, Gazetteer, and Directory of Norfolk (1845) - Transcription copyright © Mike Bristow]


Hellington was sometimes called Hillington, which is the same name as a village near King's Lynn.


Church Directories

  • In 1883 the parish was in the Deanery of Brooke, 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 John the Baptist.

Church History

Manning, Charles Robertson
Notes on the Architecture of Hellington Church (St John the Baptist).
[Norwich, Norfolk and Norwich Archaeological Society, in "Norfolk Archaeology", vol.5, 1859]
Tricker, Roy
Eleven Churches, a Guide to the Bramerton Group, Norfolk.
Ashby St Mary (St Mary), Bergh Apton (St Peter and St Paul), Bramerton (St Peter), Carleton St Peter (St Peter), Claxton (St Andrew), Framingham Pigot (St Andrew), Hellington (St John the Baptist), Holverstone (St Mary), Rockland St Mary (St Mary), Rockland St Mary (St Margaret), Surlingham (St Mary the Virgin), Surlingham (St Saviour), Thurton (St Ethelbert), Yelverton (St Mary the Virgin).
[Bramerton Group of Churches, 1978]

Civil Registration

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

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Civil Registration

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Historical Geography

Hellington is in Loddon Hundred.

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

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


Land & Property



You can see maps centred on OS grid reference TG314033 (Lat/Lon: 52.578175, 1.413545), Hellington which are provided by:


Poor Houses, Poor Law