Hoveton St John


"HOVETON ST. JOHN, 7½ miles N.E. by N. of Norwich, is a village and parish, with 317 inhabitants, and 1766A. of land, exclusive of a lake or broad of 133 acres, near the river Bure. The Rev. T.C. Blofeld is owner of the soil, lessee of the tithes, and lord of the manors. His residence is Hoveton House, a handsome brick mansion, with Grecian pilasters, and an extensive lawn overlooking the Bure. The CHURCH stands on an acclivity, about half a mile east of the village, and has a brick tower, built in 1765. The benefice [is] a curacy, certified at £17, and consolidated with Hoveton St. Peter, in the incumbency of the Rev. T.C. Blofeld. The Bishop of Norwich is the patron, and also appropriator of the great tithes of both parishes." [William White, History, Gazetteer, and Directory of Norfolk (1845) - Transcription copyright © Pat Newby]


The name may be pronounced as Hofton.
See also Hoveton St Peter.



Inscriptions in the Churchyard of Hoveton St John.
See Swafield
The Monumental Inscriptions in the Hundred of Tunstead (Walter Rye).
The parishes covered include Hoveton St John.
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 John the Baptist.

Church History

Church of St John the Baptist
Description and pictures.
Church of St John the Baptist
Services, etc.
Roman Catholic Church of St Helen
Description, history and pictures.
Roman Catholic Church of St Helen
Description and pictures.
Wroxham and Hoveton United Reformed Church
Minister, services, etc.

Church Records

Parish Register Transcripts
Baptisms, Banns, 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 1869 (and for the censuses in 1851 and 1861), Hoveton St John was in Tunstead and Happing Registration District.

This district was renamed on 1st January 1870 and, from then until 1930, Hoveton St John 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

Hoveton Parish Council
Councillors, meetings, minutes, map, etc.
Hoveton St John and Belaugh Post Mill
Description, history and pictures.

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Description and Travel

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Historical Geography

Hoveton St John 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 Hoveton St John 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: Hoveton St John.
Drawn up in pursuance of the Act of Inclosure, 1819.
Great Britain: Statute
Hoveton Saint John Inclosure Act, 1819.
An act for inclosing lands in the parish of Hoveton Saint John, in the county of Norfolk: 14 June 1819.
[Norwich, Sewell and Blake, solicitors, 1819]

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Land and Property



You can see maps centred on OS grid reference TG310183 (Lat/Lon: 52.71302, 1.418461), Hoveton St John which are provided by:


Names, Personal

See Norfolk People and Families
Roy (The shop "Roys of Wroxham" is in Hoveton St John).
See Norfolk People and Families

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 27 22 278
1811 29 47 210
1821 35 52 270
1831 54 57 293
1841 55 -- 317
1851 61 -- 273
Year   Inhabited
Families Population
1861 60 -- 285
1871 61 64 293
1881 58 59 295
1891 61 61 304
1901 63 67 300
1911 -- 72 334

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.

1801 Census
The number of families really is 22.
1851 Census
"The decrease of population in Hickling and Hoveton St. John, is owing to the depressed state of agriculture in these Parishes having driven many labourers to emigrate and others to seek employment on the railway works now in progress near Hull."
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."