"MERKSHALL, or Markshall, sometimes called MATTISHALL HEATH, is a small parish, in the vale of the river Tas, 2½ miles S. of Norwich, and has only 24 souls, and 528A. of land, in one farm, occupied by Cyrus Gillett, Esq., and belonging to Mrs. Dashwood, of Caistor St. Edmund, on the opposite side of the river, with which this parish has been consolidated in ecclesiastical affairs, since 1695, when the Church here was dilapidated, though some remains of it are still extant." [William White, History, Gazetteer, and Directory of Norfolk (1845) - Transcription copyright © Pat Newby]


Church Directories

  • In 1883 the parish was in the Deanery of Brooke, in the archdeaconry of Norwich.
    It could have been in a different deanery or archdeaconry both before and after this date.
  • The parish church was dedicated to St Edmund, but is in ruins.
  • The parish has been consolidated with Caistor St Edmund since 1695.

Civil Registration

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

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Civil Registration

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Historical Geography

Markshall is in Humbleyard Hundred.

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

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Poor Houses, Poor Law