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"HORSFORD, on the Holt road, 4 miles N.N.W. of Norwich, has in its parish 593 souls, and 4177 acres of land, of which only 1203 acres are titheable, and 3770 assessable to poor-rates, &c. About 600A. form a steril [sic] heath, partially cultivated and planted, and enclosed in 1802, when 208A. 3R. 12P. was set out as a Fuel Allotment. Sir Thomas B. Lennard, Bart., is lord of the manor, (fines certain.) Admiral Stephens, Viscount Ranelagh, and many smaller owners, have estates here. The ancient lords had a castle here, and there are still some traces of its foundations and moat. The Church (All Saints,) is a discharged vicarage, valued in the King's Book at £4. 5s. 2d., and augmented, in 1793, with £200 of Queen Anne's Bounty. Admiral Stephens is impropriator and patron, and the Rev. O. Mathias, M.A., incumbent." [William White, History, Gazetteer, and Directory of Norfolk (1845) - Transcription copyright © Pat Newby]



Church of All Saints
Transcriptions and photographs of gravestones in the churchyard.
Not all gravestones may be included, even when a site is marked as complete, for example when stones are not legible enough to be photographed.

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Cemeteries


Church Directories

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

Church History

Church of All Saints
Description and pictures.
Church of All Saints
Services, etc.
Methodist Church
Minister, services, picture, etc.
Follow the link to the home page, then search for the church.

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), Horsford was in St Faith's Registration District.

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Civil Registration


Description and Travel

Description, history, organisations, pictures, etc.
Horsford Parish Council
Meetings, minutes, councillors, etc.
Horsford All Saints V C Middle School
Horsford: an album of early pictures.
[Norwich, Norfolk County Services, 1990s]
Horsford Smock Mill
Description, history and map.
Horsford Tower Mill
Description, history and pictures.

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Description and Travel

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Historical Geography

Horsford is in Taverham Hundred.

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

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


Land and Property

Kelly, Geoffrey Ian
The Crown Tavern and Restaurant, Horsford: a history.
[Unpublished typescript in Norwich Local Studies Library, 1989]
Horsford Castle
Description, history and pictures.
Horsford Castle
Description, map and picture.
Barrett-Lennard, Thomas
Some account of the Manor or Castle of Horsford.
[Norwich, Norfolk and Norwich Archaeological Society, in "Norfolk Archaeology" vol.15, 1904]
Barrett-Lennard, Thomas
Two hundred years of estate management at Horsford during the 17th and 18th centuries.
[Norwich, Norfolk and Norwich Archaeological Society, in "Norfolk Archaeology" vol.20, 1921]
See Horsham St Faith.

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Land and Property


Poor Houses, Poor Law etc.



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   59   91 470
1811   57   97 483
1821   63 110 512
1831 119 119 543
1841 127 -- 593
1851 150 -- 688
Year   Inhabited
Families Population
1861 155 --- 665
1871 155 161 618
1881 160 166 697
1891 165 169 740
1901 165 165 691
1911 --- 173 716

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
"ST. FAITHS. The decrease of population in most of the parishes comprised in the District of St. Faiths is attributed to the migration of labourers and their families to the manufacturing districts."
1901 Census
"Including St. Helena."