"KEMPSTONE parish, 1½ mile S. of Litcham, has only 52 souls, and 809 acres of land, nearly all the property of the Earl of Leicester, who is lord of the manor and patron of the Church (St. Paul,) which is a small thatched fabric, with an ivy-mantled tower, and an antique font and piscina. The vicarage, valued in the King's Book at £4. 8s. 4d., and in 1831, at £110, is enjoyed by the Rev. A.W. Langton. The glebe is 30A., and tithes were commuted in 1841. Kempstone Lodge, now the residence of James Clegg Moss, Esq., was the seat of the late Hon. General Wm. Fitzroy, one of whose sons fell at the battle of Navarino, in 1827." [William White, History, Gazetteer, and Directory of Norfolk (1845) - Transcription copyright © Pat Newby]


Kempston is about 7 miles N.E. of Swaffham.
The name is spelled either as Kempston or Kempstone.


Church Directories

  • In 1883 the parish was in the Deanery of Brisley, 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 St Paul.

Church History

Church of St Paul
Description and pictures of the ruins.

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), Kempston was in Mitford and Launditch Registration District.

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Civil Registration

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Historical Geography

Kempston is in Launditch Hundred.

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

You can see the administrative areas in which Kempston 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 (113): Longham, Kempston, Mileham, Beeston next Mileham.
Drawn up in pursuance of the Act of Inclosure, 1812.
Great Britain: Statute
Longham and other parishes land-allotment act, 1812.
An act for allotting lands in the parishes of Longham, Kempston, Mileham, and Beeston next Mileham, in the county of Norfolk, 5th May 1812.
[London, George Eyre and Andrew Strahan, 1812]
[London, G. White, 1812]

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Land and Property



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Poor Houses, Poor Law