"KNAPTON, a village on a lofty eminence, 3 miles N.N.E. of North Walsham, has in its parish 348 inhabitants, and 1461A. of rich arable land, lying in three manors, viz., Knapton-Bromholme and Green, belonging to St. Peter's College, Cambridge, and Knapton-Cecils, belonging to Lord Suffield; but the greater part of the soil is owned by other proprietors, - among whom are Mrs. S. Shirley, of the New Hall; H. Robinson, Esq., of Knapton Grove; and several resident yeomen. The CHURCH (St. Peter and St. Paul,) has a nave and chancel, with a tower at the west end. The roof is of Irish oak, richly ornamented with carvings of saints and angels. The rectory, valued in the King's Book at £13. 7s. 1d., is now enjoyed by the Rev. John Colman. The tithes were commuted in 1839, for £475 per annum, besides £6 to the rector of Mundesley. Lord Suffield, and the Master of Peter House College, Cambridge, are the patrons alternately." [William White, History, Gazetteer, and Directory of Norfolk (1845) - Transcription copyright © Pat Newby]


Knapton is about 8 miles S.E. of Cromer.




Church Directories

  • In 1883 the parish was in the Deanery of Repps, 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 Peter and St Paul.

Church History

Church of St Peter and St Paul
Description and pictures.
Methodist Church
Minister, services, picture, etc.
Follow the link to the home page, then search for the church.

Civil Registration

For the civil registration of births, marriages and deaths between 1837 and 1930 (and for the censuses from 1851 to 1901), Knapton was in Erpingham Registration District.

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Civil Registration


Description & Travel

Knapton Parish Pages
Parish council, description, history, church, etc.

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Description and Travel

You can see pictures of Knapton which are provided by:




Historical Geography

Knapton is in North Erpingham Hundred.

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

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



Loraine, Herbert
Knapton: some notes on the church and the manor.
[North Walsham, Leeder, 1952]
Rothery, Constance
The Poppyland Flyer: the story of the railway line from Cromer to North Walsham, 1906-1953: calling at: Cromer Links - Overstrand - Sidestrand Halt -Trimmingham and Paston and Knapton - Mundesley.
[Trimmingham, Norfolk, C. Rothery, 1984]


You can see maps centred on OS grid reference TG305341 (Lat/Lon: 52.854983, 1.42264), Knapton which are provided by:


Military Records


Poor Houses, Poor Law