Great Melton


"MELTON, (GREAT) 5½ miles W. by S. of Norwich, has in its parish 429 souls, and 2455 acres of land, nearly all the property of Edward Lombe, Esq., of Melton Hall, a neat mansion with a fine lawn of 100 acres, and containing a highly interesting ornithological collection, of more than 400 specimens, preserved by the celebrated Leadbeater. The parish had formerly two Churches, in the same grave-yard; but that dedicated to All Saints, was dilapidated in the 12th of Queen Anne, though much of its ruins still remain, richly mantled with ivy. St. Mary's is in good repair, and has a square tower, built in 1440, and containing three bells. The joint rectories, each valued in the King's Book at £6. 13s. 4d., are in the patronage of Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge, and incumbency of the Rev. Jas. Willins." [William White, History, Gazetteer, and Directory of Norfolk (1845) - Transcription copyright © Pat Newby]


The name may also be found as Melton Magna or Melton St Mary and All Saints.
See also Little Melton and Melton Constable.


Church Directories

  • In 1883 the parish was in the Deanery of Humbleyard, 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 All Saints.
    There was also a church dedicated to St Mary, but it was demolished, apart from the tower, about 1880.

Church History

Church of All Saints
Description and pictures.
Church of St Mary
Description and pictures of the ruins.

Church Records

Parish Registers
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), Great Melton was in Henstead Registration District.

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Civil Registration

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Historical Geography

Great Melton 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

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


Land & Property

Great Britain: Statute
Great Melton Inclosure Act, 1818.
An act for inclosing lands within the parish of Great Melton, otherwise Melton Saint Mary, and All Saints, in the county of Norfolk: 8th May 1818.
[London, George Eyre and Andrew Strahan, 1818]
[Wymondham, Mitchell, independently printed edition, 1818]

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Land and Property



You can see maps centred on OS grid reference TG129068 (Lat/Lon: 52.616911, 1.143781), Great Melton which are provided by:


Poor Houses, Poor Law