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"LARLING, or Lerling, a parish of scattered houses, near the confluence of two rivulets, 2 miles N.N.W. of East Harling, contains 205 inhabitants, and 1506A. of fertile land, nearly all the property of Lord Colborne, the patron of the rectory, valued in the King's Book at £10, and in 1831, at £174. It is now enjoyed by the Rev. Charles John Ridley, together with West Harling. The Church (St. Ethelbert,) has a square tower and three bells. About a mile south of the church, is LARLING-FORD, on the River Thet and the Norwich and Thetford turnpike, where there is a large Inn, which has a Post Office, and also Petty Sessions in every alternate year . . . . The Norwich and Brandon Railway passes within half a mile south of the turnpike." [William White, History, Gazetteer, and Directory of Norfolk (1845) - Transcription copyright ©Pamela Littlefair]

Larling is about 7 miles N.E. of Thetford.



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Church Directories

  • In 1883 the parish was in the Deanery of Rockland, 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 Ethelbert.

Church History

Church of St Ethelbert
Description and pictures.
Church of St Ethelbert
Services, etc.

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), Larling was in Wayland Registration District.

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Civil Registration


Description and Travel

Larlingford Post Mill

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Historical Geography

Larling is in Shropham Hundred.

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

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Land and Property

Kelly, Geoffrey Ian
Larling Angel Public House: a history. [2002]

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Land and Property


Poor Houses, Poor Law etc.



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 24 32 196
1811 30 39 197
1821 34 40 171
1831 34 44 227
1841 41 -- 205
1851 43 -- 219
Year   Inhabited
Families Population
1861 38 -- 181
1871 38 39 187
1881 38 39 180
1891 37 38 156
1901 37 37 158
1911 -- 32 148

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.

1821 Census
"One male in Larling Parish, upwards of 100 years of age."
1861 Census
WAYLAND. The general decrease of population in the Attleborough Subdistrict is mainly attributed to emigration."