"HEMSBY, or Hemesby parish, extends to the sea, and has a pleasant village, on a declivity, half a mile from the beach, and 6 miles N. by W. of Yarmouth. It has 608 inhabitants, and 1627 acres of land, belonging to a number of proprietors, among whom are Thomas Clowes, Esq., Mrs. Glasspoole, and Robert Copeman, Esq. The latter resides in the Hall, and is patron of the Church and lord of the manor, which anciently belonged to Norwich Cathedral; for we find that the prior, in the reign of Henry III., claimed homage of the tenants, and gave two palfreys to have a market; and in the 32nd of Edward I., he claimed here "wreck at sea, view of frankpledge, assize, free-warren, pillory, and tumbrel." The Church (St. Mary) is a vicarage, valued in the King's Book at £4. 6s. 8d., and in 1831, at £180; and now enjoyed by the Rev. Robt. Hales, M.A., of Herringswell, Suffolk." [William White, History, Gazetteer, and Directory of Norfolk (1845) - Transcription copyright © Pat Newby]
|St Mary, Hemsby, Church of England|
|Chapel [Hemsby Evangelical Congregational Church], Hemsby, Congregationalist|
|Catholic Chapel of St Thomas More, Hemsby, Roman Catholic|
- In 1883 the parish was in the Deanery of Flegg, 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 Mary the Virgin.
- Vincent, R.
- Guide to the Parish Church of Saint Mary the Virgin, Hemsby.
[Hemsby, The Church, 1986]
- Methodist Church
- Minister, services, picture, etc.
Follow the link to the home page, then search for the church.
- Simpson, Jack D.
- Hemsby, pictures from the past.
[Norwich, Simpson Publications, 2002]
- Simpson, Jack D.
- Hemsby and District, from old picture postcards and photographs.
[Simpson Publications, 1997]
- Ask for a calculation of the distance from Hemsby to another place.
Hemsby is in West Flegg Hundred.
- Parish outline and location.
- See Parish Map for East Flegg and West Flegg Hundreds
- Description of East Flegg and West Flegg Hundreds
- 1845: White's History, Gazetteer, and Directory of Norfolk
You can see the administrative areas in which Hemsby has been placed at times in the past. Select one to see a link to a map of that particular area.
- Beech, George
- A history of Hemsby.
[Typescript in Norwich Local Studies Library, 1980s]
- The story of Hemsby-on-sea, its history and evolution.
You can see maps centred on OS grid reference TG490175 (Lat/Lon: 52.698026, 1.684084), Hemsby which are provided by:
- Google Maps
- StreetMap (Current Ordnance Survey maps)
- Bing (was Multimap)
- Old Maps Online (Other old maps.)
- National Library of Scotland (Old Ordnance Survey maps)
- Vision of Britain (Click "Historical units & statistics" for administrative areas.)
- English Jurisdictions in 1851 (Unfortunately the LDS have removed the facility to enable us to specify a starting location, you will need to search yourself on their map.)
- Magic (Geographic information) (Click + on map if it doesn't show)
- GeoHack (Links to on-line maps and location specific services.)
These figures are from the population tables which were produced after the 10-yearly national censuses. The "Families" heading includes families and single occupiers.
There may be more people living in detached parts of the parish (if there were any) and, if so, the number may or may not be included in the figures above. It is quite difficult to be sure from the population tables.
- 1821 Census
- "An inclosure of land has taken place at Hemsby."
- 1861 Census
- "The decrease of population in Hemsby parish is attributed to the migration of beachmen and fishermen to Scratby parish."