"HORSEY-NEXT-THE-SEA, on a gentle eminence, 11 miles N. by W. of Yarmouth, and 1 mile from the beach, has in its parish 162 souls, and 1839A. of land, including 132A. of wood, but exclusive of Horsey mere, a lake of 112 acres. Robert Rising, Esq., is owner of most of the soil, and lord of the manor, which was purchased by the late R. Rising, Esq., of Sir G.B. Brograve and others, upwards of forty years ago, when it was of little value, being generally flooded; but this gentleman, by repairing the sea-bank, draining the marshes, planting quickthorn hedges, and making a road to Somerton, has rendered it one of the most fertile estates in the county. The Church (All Saints) is a discharged vicarage, valued in the King's Books at £3 1s. 5½d., and augmented from 1739 to 1788, with £800 of Queen Anne's Bounty. The Rev. William Rees, M.A., of Alby, is the incumbent, and the patronage is vested with the Trustees of North Walsham Free School." [William White, History, Gazetteer, and Directory of Norfolk (1845) - Transcription copyright © Peter Green]



Not all memorials may be included, even when a transcription is marked as complete, for example when stones are not legible enough to be read or photographed.

Church of All Saints
Transcriptions of gravestones in the churchyard.
The Monumental Inscriptions in the Hundred of Happing (Walter Rye).
The parishes covered include Horsey.
See Brumstead

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 All Saints.

Church History

Church of All Saints
Description and history.
Church of All Saints
Description and pictures.
Church of All Saints
Services, etc.
Church of All Saints
Pictures of the church.
Tricker, Roy
A Guide to All Saints Parish Church, Horsey-next-the-Sea.
[Horsey, The Church, 1988]
Methodist Church
Minister, services, picture, etc.
Follow the link to the home page, then search for the church.
Horsey Methodist Church
Description and history.

Church Records

Parish Register Transcripts
Baptisms 1813-1880
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 1869 (and for the censuses in 1851 and 1861), Horsey was in Tunstead and Happing Registration District.

This district was renamed on 1st January 1870 and, from then until 1930, Horsey 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, history, pictures, parish council, floods, buildings, farms, memories, etc.
There is a lot of information here. Several links from this Genuki Norfolk page are direct links into relevant pages on the Horsey web site.
Horsey in 1844
From An essay on the encroachments of the German Ocean along the Norfolk coast by William Hewitt.
Description and pictures.
Randell, Roy
The Horsey Flood, 12 February 1938.
Horsey Drainage Mill
Description, history and pictures.
Horsey Drainage Mill
Description and history.

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Description and Travel

You can see pictures of Horsey which are provided by:




Historical Geography

Horsey is in Happing Hundred.

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

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



A Chronology of Medieval Horsey
This is a link to an archived copy.
Stone, Edward Darley
Notes on the Parish of Horsey.

Land & Property

Great Britain: Statute
Horsey Inclosure Act, 1812.
An act for enclosing and draining lands in the parish of Horsey, in the County of Norfolk.
[London, George Eyre and Andrew Strahan, 1812]

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Land and Property



You can see maps centred on OS grid reference TG459229 (Lat/Lon: 52.747619, 1.641424), Horsey 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
18011011  58
18111214  64
18211416  95
Year  Inhabited

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
"The Parish of Horsey principally consists of low marshes, bogs, and water, is nearly insulated by the sea to the east; the Hundred stream, or river which divides Happing from East Flegg to the south, Eelfleet Dike and Horsey Mere to the west and north. The said Parish of Horsey was inclosed about seven or eight years ago by Act of Parliament, which caused an increase of Population, by several families settling therein about that period, who are now in a distressed state from the diminished price and scarcity of labour. (Signed) William Dawson, Overseer."
1831 Census
"The Parish of Horsey principally consists of Salt marshes, bogs and water, and is nearly insulated by the Sea to the East; by the Hundred-Stream (or River which divides Happing Hundred and East-Flegg Hundred) to the South; by Eelfleet Dike; and by Horsey-Mere to the West and North. The said Parish of Horsey was inclosed about 17 or 18 years ago."
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."