"HEMPSTEAD, 2 miles S.E. of Holt, has in its parish 296 souls, and 1756A. 2R. 8P. of land, including about 100A. of woods and plantations. H. and R.H. Gurney, Esqrs., are lords of the manors of Hempstead, Netherhall, and Losehall; but a great part of the soil belongs to Lady Suffield, J.T. Mott and Wm. Bircham, Esqrs., and a few smaller owners. The Church (All Saints,) has a brick tower, built in 1744. The living is a discharged vicarage, valued in the King's Book at £9. 6s. 8d., and augmented, in 1792, with £200 of Queen Anne's Bounty, laid out in land at Bodham, let for £28 a year. Here is 16A. of old glebe. The Rev. J.W. Methold, A.M., of Wighton, is the incumbent, and the Dean and Chapter of Norwich are patrons and appropriators of the great tithes, leased to Lady Suffield, and commuted, in 1839, for £270, and the vicarial tithes for £140 per annum. The Rev. S.C. Leake, of Holt, is the curate." [William White, History, Gazetteer, and Directory of Norfolk (1845) - Transcription copyright © Pat Newby]


Hempstead by Holt is about 2 miles S.E. of Holt.
See also Hempstead near Stalham.



The Monumental Inscriptions in the Hundred of Holt (Walter Rye).
The parishes covered include Hempstead by Holt.
See Thornage

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Church Directories

  • In 1883 the parish was in the Deanery of Holt, 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 All Saints.

Church History

Church of All Saints
Services and location.

Church Records

Archdeacons' Transcripts
Baptisms 1730-1812, Marriages 1730-1812 and Burials 1730-1812.
[Parish Register Transcription Society, Dart Series, 2000?]
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), Hempstead by Holt was in Erpingham Registration District.

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Description & Travel

Carver, Robin
Hempstead: a Norfolk village.
[Hempstead Church Buildings Trust, 2000]
Hempstead Water Mill
Description, history and pictures.
Lewis, Paul; and Lewis, Angela
Hempstead Water Mill.
[Norwich, Norfolk Industrial Archaeology Society, in "Journal of the Norfolk Industrial Archaeology Society", vol.III, no.2, 1982
Hempstead Post Mill

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Historical Geography

Hempstead by Holt is in Holt Hundred.

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

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


Land & Property

Macro and Withers
Report of an appeal case [about tithes] between dowager Lady Suffield and the parish-officers of Hempstead in Norfolk, which was tried at Walsingham quarter-sessions, July 25, 1823.
[Holt, J. Shalders, 1824]

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You can see maps centred on OS grid reference TG105371 (Lat/Lon: 52.890522, 1.127985), Hempstead which are provided by:


Poor Houses, Poor Law