Melton Constable


MELTON-CONSTABLE-WITH-BURGH-PARVA form a fertile parish of 1700 acres, extending from 4½ to 6 miles S.W. by S. of Holt, and 6½ miles E.N.E. of Fakenham. They had 114 inhabitants, in 1831, but only 75 in 1841, several families having emigrated to America. Burgh Parva contains only 400 acres . . . Of the 1300A. in MELTON CONSTABLE, about 800 acres are in the park and woods which encompass the handsome mansion of Lord Hastings, the owner of the parish and lord of the manor, which has been held by his family for many centuries, and was granted by the Norman Conqueror to the Bishop of Thetford, of whom it was held by Roger de Lyons, whose descendants assumed the name of Mealton, and sometimes signed themselves De Constable, from the office which they held under the bishop. . . . The Church (St. Peter,) stands half a mile from the house, and was a single pile, till Sir Jacob Astley, in 1681, built a neat chapel, with a vault under it, on the south side. The tower, which is square, stands between the nave and chancel, and has three bells. The rectory, valued in the King's Book at £6, and in 1831, at £220, has annexed to it that of Burgh-Parva, in the patronage of Lord Hastings, and incumbency of the Rev. Caleb Elwin, A.M." [William White, History, Gazetteer, and Directory of Norfolk (1845) - Transcription copyright © Pat Newby]


Melton Constable is united with Burgh Parva.
See also Great Melton and Little Melton.



The Monumental Inscriptions in the Hundred of Holt (Walter Rye).
The parishes covered include Melton Constable.
See Thornage

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Cemeteries


Church Directories

  • In 1883 the parish was in the Deanery of Holt, 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 Peter.

Church History

Church of St Peter
Description and pictures.

Church Records

Parish Register Transcripts
Baptisms 1813-1880
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 1869 (and for the censuses in 1851 and 1861), Melton Constable was in Erpingham Registration District.

In 1869 it was transferred to Walsingham Registration District for civil registration until 1930, and for the censuses of 1871 to 1901.

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Civil Registration


Description & Travel

Melton Constable Parish Council
Councillors, meetings, meetings, etc.
Bunn, Rhoda
Melton Constable, Briston and district: A portrait in old picture postcards.
[ISBN 1870708636, S.B. Publications, 1991]
Bunn, Rhoda
Melton Constable, Briston and district: A further portrait in old picture postcards.
[ISBN 1904136133, Wymondham, 1990s?]
Vaughan, Adrian
Melton Constable: Notes on its development and social life.
[Unpublished manuscript in Norwich Local Studies Library, 2000?]

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Description and Travel

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Historical Geography

Melton Constable is in Holt Hundred.

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

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



You can see maps centred on OS grid reference TG045331 (Lat/Lon: 52.856538, 1.036576), Melton Constable which are provided by:


Names, Personal


Poor Houses, Poor Law

In 1783, the parishes of Brinton, Melton Constable and Burgh Parva united to form a Gilbert Union and the workhouse was in this parish. In 1869 the three parishes became part of the Walsingham Union, and the workhouse was at Great Snoring.

Brinton Incorporation
Parishes in the incorporation, etc.
Brinton Incorporation and Workhouse
Description and pictures.


Howells, E.B
Melton Constable Secondary School: Golden jubilee, 1913-1963: A historical sketch.
[The School, 1963]