"HETHEL, a parish of scattered houses, 7 miles S.W. by S. of Norwich, has 211 inhabitants, and 1416 acres of land. H. Gurney, Esq., and Sir J.P. Boileau own most of the soil, and have manors here, but part of the parish is in the manor of East Carlton-with-Hethel. The Church (All Saints,) is a rectory, valued in the King's Book at £10, and now having 60A. 1R. 39P. of glebe, and a yearly rent of £474, awarded in 1839, in lieu of tithes. The Rev. John Henry Steward is patron and incumbent." [William White, History, Gazetteer, and Directory of Norfolk (1845) - Transcription copyright © Pat Newby]


Church Directories

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

Church History

Church of All Saints
Description and pictures.
Church of All Saints
Picture of the church
Sinclair, Meredith; and Wilson, Richard
All Saints Church, Hethel, Norfolk.
[Hethel, All Saints Church, 1970s]

Church Records

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

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Church Records


Civil Registration

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

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Civil Registration


Description & Travel

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Historical Geography

Hethel is in Humbleyard Hundred.

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

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


Land & Property

Kelly, Geoffrey Ian
Moat House, Hethel: a history.
[Typescript in Norwich Norfolk Studies Library, 1996]

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Land and Property



You can see maps centred on OS grid reference TG159002 (Lat/Lon: 52.556629, 1.182836), Hethel which are provided by:


Poor Houses, Poor Law