"HEMPNALL, a large scattered village, 9 miles S. Norwich, and 7 miles N.W. of Bungay, has in its parish 1255 souls, and 3583 acres of land, belonging to many proprietors, and lying mostly in J. T. Mott, Esq.'s manor of Hempnall and Canons, and partly in W. F. Irby, Esq.'s manor of Boyland-cum-Fritton. J. T. Mott, Esq., owns a great part of the soil, and is impropriator of the rectory, and patron of the vicarage, valued in the King's Book at £6. 13s. 4d., and in 1831, at £370, in the incumbency of the Rev. Robt. Rolfe, M.A." [William White, History, Gazetteer, and Directory of Norfolk (1845) - Transcription copyright © Ann Duncan]


Church Directories

  • In 1883 the parish was in the Deanery of Depwade, 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 Margaret.

Church History

Church of St Margaret
Description and pictures.
Hook, David, and Tricker, Roy
The Hempnall Group of Churches.
Bedingham St Andrew; Fritton St Catherine; Hardwick St Margaret; Hempnall St Margaret; Morningthorpe St John the Baptist; Shelton St Mary; Topcroft St Margaret; Woodton All Saints.
[Hempnall, Hempnall Group of Churches, 1987]
Hobson, Samuel
Be sure your sin will find you out! The rise, progress and consequences of sin considered: a sermon preached to a village congregation, on the Sunday after the execution of C. [Charles] Daines, the Hempnall murderer.
[Norwich, 1839]

Church Records

These are not included in Boyd's Marriage Index or Phillimore's Marriage Registers.

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Civil Registration

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

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Description & Travel

Hempnall Parish Council
Parish council business, news, events, maps, etc.

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Historical Geography

Hempnall is in Depwade Hundred.

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

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



Stammers, Gerald
My village: Hempnall.
[ISBN 0950128104, Norwich, 1969]

Land & Property

Great Britain: Statute
Hempnall Inclosure Act, 1817.
An act for inclosing lands in the parish of Hempnall, in the county of Norfolk.

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You can see maps centred on OS grid reference TM240944 (Lat/Lon: 52.501646, 1.298618), Hempnall which are provided by:


Military Records

War Memorial
Picture of the memorial. This is a link to an archived copy.

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Poor Houses, Poor Law