Horsham St Faith


"HORSHAM ST. FAITH, and NEWTON ST. FAITH, are two villages forming one united parish, commonly called ST. FAITH'S, and distant about 4 to 5 miles N. of Norwich, on the Aylsham road. They contain about 2400A. of land, and increased their population from 883 in 1801, to 1307 souls, in 1841, of whom 973 were in Horsham, and 334 in Newton. The latter has only about 750 acres, and the former 1650 acres. . . . Here were formerly a Benedictine Priory, and a Hospital of Knights Templar. . . . Some of the boundary walls of the priory still remain on the Abbey farm, near the CHURCH, which is a large Gothic structure. . . . The benefice is a curacy, valued in 1831 at only £60, though augmented in 1773 and 1801, with £400 of Queen Anne's Bounty, and in 1813, with a Parliamentary grant of £1200. The Rev. O. Mathias is the incumbent, and Admiral Stephens is the patron, impropriator, lord of the manor, and principal owner of the soil. . . . NEWTON is a smaller village, one mile N. of Horsham, but has no church." [William White, History, Gazetteer, and Directory of Norfolk (1845) - Transcription copyright © Pat Newby]



Church of St Mary and St Andrew
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.
St Faiths Crematorium
is in this parish.

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 in Horsham St Faith, and is dedicated to St Mary and St Andrew.
  • The name "St Faith" comes from the former priory, not the dedication of the church.

Church History

Parishes of Horsham St Faith, Spixworth and Crostwick
Churches, services, pictures, etc.
Church of St Mary and St Andrew
Description and pictures.
Church of St Mary and St Andrew
Services, etc.
Church of St Mary and St Andrew
Description, pictures, etc.
Horsham Parish Council
The parish church of St Mary and St Andrew, Horsham St Faith: A history and church guide.
[Horsham Parish Council, 2006]
Methodist Church
Minister, services, picture, etc.
Follow the link to the home page, then search for the church.

Church Records

Parish Register Transcripts
Baptisms 1813-1880
Parish Register Transcripts
Archdeacons' Transcripts or Bishop's Transcripts
Baptisms, Marriages and Burials.
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), Horsham St Faith with Newton St Faith was in St Faith's Registration District.

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Civil Registration


Description & Travel

Horsham and Newton St Faith
Description, parish council, meetings, minutes, pictures, etc.
Horsham St Faith and Newton St Faith
Description, history, etc.
Horsham St Faith Post Mill
Description, history and map.
Horsham St Faith Smock Mill
Description, history and map.
Horsham St Faith Water Mill
Description, history and pictures.

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Description and Travel

You can see pictures of Horsham St Faith which are provided by:




Historical Geography

Horsham St Faith with Newton St Faith 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 Horsham St Faith has been placed at times in the past. Select one to see a link to a map of that particular area.



Eve, Julian R.
The story of a village: a history of Horsham St Faith.
[ISBN 0952284006, Horsham St Faith, 1994]

Land & Property

Great Britain: Inclosure Commissioners
Statement of claims: Horsford, Horsham St Faith's and Newton St Faith's (63 claims).
Great Britain: Statute
Horsford, Horsham Saint Faith and Newton Saint Faith Inclosure Act, 1800.
An act for dividing, allotting, and inclosing, the half year or shack lands, warrens, commons, heaths, commonable lands, and waste grounds, within the parishes of Horsford, Horsham Saint Faith's, and hamlet of Newton Saint Faith's, in the county of Norfolk.

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Land and Property



You can see maps centred on OS grid reference TG216151 (Lat/Lon: 52.68861, 1.277846), Horsham St Faith which are provided by:


Military Records


Names, Personal


Poor Houses, Poor Law

After 1834 Horsham St Faith with Newton St Faith became part of the St Faith's Union, and the workhouse was in this parish.

St Faith's Union
Parishes in the union, their arrangements for the poor before 1834, etc.
St Faith's Union and Workhouse
Description from White's Directory of Norfolk, 1845.
St Faith's Union and Workhouse
Description from White's Directory of Norfolk, 1883.
St Faith's Union and Workhouse
Description and pictures.
Eve, Julian R.
A study of the poor in two Norfolk parishes - Aylsham and Horsham St Faith 1700-1834.
(From "East Anglian Studies", presented to J.C. Barringer).
[Norwich, Marwood Publishing, 1995]


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
1801189189  883
1811123130  595 Horsham
   59  59  318 Newton
1821155157  735 Horsham
   64  64  394 Newton
1841182---  973 Horsham
   74---  334 Newton
1851174---  923 Horsham
   66---  288 Newton
Year  Inhabited
1861180---  918 Horsham
   71---  273 Newton
1891230232  989
1901218219  920
1911---222  926

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.

1831 Census
"The Return of the Parish of Horsham-St. Faith, includes the Population of Newton-St. Faith, which heretofore made a distinct Return."
1841 and 1851 Censuses
"The Return for Horsham St. Faiths includes 137 persons in 1841, and 123 in 1851, in the St. Faiths Union Workhouse. Horsham St. Faiths and Newton St. Faiths are consolidated. The decrease of population in these Parishes, since 1841, is ascribed to the removal of weavers and their families to Norwich, and to emigration."
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 Waterloo."


Hurrell, Liz.
Horsham St Faith V.C. First School: 150th anniversary souvenir booklet.
[Horsham, The School, 2003]