"HORNING, 9 miles N.E. of Norwich, is a large straggling village and parish, with 467 inhabitants, 951A. 3R. 17P. of arable land, and 1571A. 3R. 23P. of fertile marshes and meadows, lying between the navigable rivers Bure and Ant. . . . The village is in two divisions, called Upper and Lower streets, and has several neat houses; and on the Bure are commodious staiths or wharfs. . . . The present parish Church (St. Benedict,) stands on an eminence, and has a tall square tower, with one bell. The living is a discharged vicarage, valued in the King's Book at £8, and was augmented, from 1729 to '93, with £800 of Queen Anne's bounty, vested in 31A. of land, at Stokesby, Acle, and Newton-Flotman. . . . The Bishop of Norwich is patron, and the Rev. Charles Carver, M.A., incumbent." [William White, History, Gazetteer, and Directory of Norfolk (1845) - Transcription copyright © Pat Newby]


See also Honing and Horningtoft.



The Monumental Inscriptions in the Hundred of Tunstead (Walter Rye).
The parishes covered include Horning.
See Ashmanhaugh

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Cemeteries


Church Directories

  • In 1883 the parish was in the Deanery of Waxham, 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 Benedict.
    The Abbey of St Benet at Holm was in this parish.

Church History

Church of St Benedict
Description and pictures.
Church of St Benedict
Description, history, pictures, services, etc.
St Benet's Abbey
Description, history and pictures.

Church Records

Campling, Arthur
Index of Marriages, Horning, 1558-1754.
[Norwich Local Studies Library, Handwritten document, 1930s]
These are included in Boyd's Marriage Index.
They are not included in Phillimore's Marriage Registers.
Clergy of the Church of St Benedict

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Church Records


Civil Registration

For the civil registration of births, marriages and deaths between 1837 and 1869 (and for the censuses in 1851 and 1861), Horning was in Tunstead and Happing Registration District.

This district was renamed on 1st January 1870 and, from then until 1930, Horning was in Smallburgh Registration District for civil registration and for the censuses of 1871 to 1901.

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Civil Registration


Description & Travel

Description and pictures.
Description, pictures and map.
Horning Parish Council
Councillors, etc.
Horning Post Mill
Description, history and map.
Horning Mill Loke Post Mill
Description, history and pictures.
Horning Steam Mill
Description and history.
Horning Neaves Drainage Mill
Horning St Benet's Abbey Drainage Mill
Description, history and pictures of mill and abbey ruins.
Horning St Benet's Abbey Drainage Mill
Pictures of the mill and abbey ruins.
Horning St Benet's Level Drainage Mill
Description, history and pictures.

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Description and Travel




Historical Geography

Horning is in Tunstead Hundred.

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

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



Carrodus, Charles F.
Life in a Norfolk Village: the story of old Horning.
[Soman-Wherry, 1949]
Carrodus, Charles F.
A Norfolk village in war time, 1939-1945.
[Printed by H. Clarke and Co., London, 1940s]
Garbutt, E.
Horning, Norfolk.
McGoun, Barbara
A Slice of Horning Life: 1836-1946.
[ISBN 0953157806, Horning, 1997]


You can see maps centred on OS grid reference TG342173 (Lat/Lon: 52.702707, 1.465387), Horning which are provided by:


Poor Houses, Poor Law



These figures are from the population tables which were produced after the 10-yearly national censuses. The "Families" heading includes families and single occupiers.

Year   Inhabited
Families Population
1801   72   81 361
1811   81   81 388
1821   91   93 440
1831 104 104 468
1841 105 --- 467
1851 109 --- 466
Year   Inhabited
Families Population
1861   97 --- 441
1871 114 117 457
1881 106 108 435
1891 103 105 415
1901   90   95 368
1911 ---   96 368

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.

1861 Census
"TUNSTEAD. The decrease of population in most of the parishes comprised in the Tunstead District, which forms the "Tunstead and Happing Incorporation" for the support of the poor, is attributed to emigration and the migration of young persons to other parts."