"INGOLDISTHORPE, on the Hunstanton road, 10 miles N.N.E. of Lynn, is a small scattered village, seated in a picturesque vale, finely clothed with wood, and watered by a small rivulet, which flows westward across the salt marshes to the Wash, after forming a beautiful cascade at the new bridge, near Snettisham. The parish contains 344 inhabitants, and 1,128 acres of land, mostly belonging to John Bellamy, Esq., of Wisbech, the lord of the manor, who has a large mansion here, now occupied by the Rev. Edward Bellamy, M.A. On an eminence, commanding an extensive view of the ocean and the adjacent country, is Mount Amelia, the delightful seat of Captain John Davy, R.N., built by John Davy, Esq., in 1745. . . . The CHURCH (St. Michael,) is a large building with a square tower and three bells, and opposite the south porch stands an ancient cross. The rectory, valued in the King's Book at £12, and in 1831 at £355, has 45 acres of glebe. Certain Trustees are patrons, and the Rev. Abm. Hepworth, LL.B., is the incumbent." [William White, History, Gazetteer, and Directory of Norfolk (1845) - Transcription copyright © Paul Beesley]


The name may also be spelled Ingoldesthorpe.


Church Directories

  • In 1883 the parish was in the Deanery of Heacham, 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 Michael.

Church History

Church of St Michael
Description and pictures.
Church of St Michael
Picture of the church.
The Church
Ingoldisthorpe: the Church of St. Michael.
[Ingoldisthorpe, The Church, 1960s]

Church Records

Marriages 1754-1837
See Phillimore's Marriage Registers, Volume 12.
These are included in Boyd's Marriage Index.

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), Ingoldisthorpe was in Docking Registration District.

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Description & Travel

Howard, Richard G.
A Survey of Ingoldisthorpe.
[Typescript in Norwich Local Studies Library, 1964]
King's Lynn Arts Centre.
Portrait of a Village: Ingoldisthorpe.
[ISBN 1898328013, West Norfolk Living Histories, 1993]

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Description and Travel

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Historical Geography

Ingoldisthorpe is in Smithdon Hundred.

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

You can see the administrative areas in which Ingoldisthorpe 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: Statute
Annual Inclosure Act, 1856.
An act to authorize the inclosure of certain lands in pursuance of a report of the Inclosure Commissioners for England and Wales: 11th April 1856.
(The schedule refers to 29 locations, amongst which is the parish of Ingoldisthorpe in Norfolk, for which a provisional inclosure order was made on 2 August 1855).
[London, George Edward Eyre and William Spottiswoode, 1856]

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Poor Houses, Poor Law