"LIMPENHOE, near the Railway, 11 miles E.S.E. of Norwich, has in its parish 186 souls, and 1077 acres of land, mostly the property of J.F. Leathes, Esq., the lord of the manor, impropriator, and patron of the Church (St. Botolph,) which is a discharged vicarage, valued in the King's Book at £6. 13s. 4d., and annexed to Southwood rectory. Here are 3 acres of glebe, and the poor have half an acre, let for 10s. The Primitive Methodists have a small chapel here." [William White, History, Gazetteer, and Directory of Norfolk (1845) - Transcription copyright © Pat Newby]


Limpenhoe is about 9 mile W.S.W. of Great Yarmouth.


Church Directories

  • In 1883 the parish was in the Deanery of Blofield, 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 Botolph.

Church History

Husenbeth, Frederick Charles
On some mural paintings discovered in Limpenhoe Church (St Botolph), Norfolk.
[Norwich, Norfolk and Norwich Archaeological Society, in "Norfolk Archaeology", vol.5, 1859]

Civil Registration

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

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Civil Registration

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Historical Geography

Limpenhoe is in Blofield Hundred.

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

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


Land and Property



You can see maps centred on OS grid reference TG399036 (Lat/Lon: 52.57755, 1.539285), Limpenhoe which are provided by:


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 24   95
1811 18 25 112
1821 21 28 142
1831 35 35 156
1841 38 -- 186
1851 47 -- 248
Year   Inhabited
Families Population
1861 48 -- 227
1871 46 46 193
1881 44 45 199
1891 45 45 204
1901 45 45 188
1911 -- 45 153

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.

1901 Census
"Including Limpenhoe Hill."