"HORNINGTOFT, a parish of scattered houses, 5 miles S. by E. of Fakenham, has 290 inhabitants, and 1,386A. 1R. 34P. of land, including 200A. of wood. Mrs Anne Talbot is lady of the manor, but part of the soil belongs to other proprietors. The Church (St. Edmund,) was much injured by the fall of the steeple, in 1796; but was thoroughly repaired in the following year. The rectory, valued in the King's Book at £6. 17s. 8d., and in 1840, at £335, is consolidated with that of Whissonsett, in the gift of F.R. Reynolds, and incumbency of the Rev. E.C. Kemp." [William White, History, Gazetteer, and Directory of Norfolk (1845) - Transcription copyright © Pat Newby]


Mid-Norfolk Family History Society
The Church of St Edmund the Martyr, Horningtoft: Memorial Inscriptions.
[Mid-Norfolk Family History Society, before 2000]

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Cemeteries


Church Directories

  • In 1883 the parish was in the Deanery of Brisley, 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 Edmund the Martyr.

Church History

Church of St Edmund
Description, history and pictures.

Church Records

Horningtoft Marriages 1539-1837
See Phillimore's Marriage Registers, Volume 8.
These are included in Boyd's Marriage Index.
Parish Registers
List of Surnames of People who come from other Parishes

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), Horningtoft was in Mitford and Launditch Registration District.

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Civil Registration


Description & Travel

Horningtoft Village Pages
Local information, description, parish council, pictures, etc.

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Description and Travel

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Historical Geography

Horningtoft is in Launditch Hundred.

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

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


Land & Property

Great Britain: Inclosure Commissioners
Statement of Claims: Wysingsett, otherwise Whissonsett, Stanfield and Horningtoft.
[Names of People in the Statement of Claims]
Great Britain: Parliamentary Bill
A Bill for Inclosing Lands in the Parishes of Whissonsett, Stanfield, and Horningtoft, in the county of Norfolk: 21 Feb 1812.
[London, Luke Hansard and Sons, 1812]
Great Britain: Statute
Whissonsett, Stanfield and Horningtoft Inclosure Act, 1812.
An act for inclosing lands in the parishes of Wysingset otherwise Whissonsett, Stanfield, and Horningtoft, in the county of Norfolk: 9th June 1812.
[London, George Eyre and Andrew Strahan, 1812]
[London, G. White, 1812]

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Land and Property



You can see maps centred on OS grid reference TF936231 (Lat/Lon: 52.770993, 0.867833), Horningtoft which are provided by:


Poor Houses, Poor Law



Horningtoft Heritage Society
Aims, projects, etc.