Little Melton


MELTON, (LITTLE) is a parish, lying east of the above [ie of Great Melton], 4½ miles W. by S. of Norwich, containing 330 souls, and 660 acres of land, mostly belonging to E. Lombe, Esq., F.B. Frank, Esq., and the Great Hospital in Norwich. The Church (All Saints,) is a thatched fabric, with a square tower and three bells. The great tithes and 60A. of rectorial glebe, belong to Emanuel College, Cambridge, together with the patronage of the vicarage, valued in the King's Book at £5. 6s. 8d., and in 1831 at £110, in the incumbency of the Rev. J.C. Berkley. It was augmented [in] 1776, with £200 of Queen Anne's Bounty." [William White, History, Gazetteer, and Directory of Norfolk (1845) - Transcription copyright © Pat Newby]


The name may also be found as Melton Parva.
See also Great 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.
  • In some records, the parish church is dedicated to All Saints.
    In other records, it is dedicated to St Mary and All Saints.

Church History

Church of St Mary and All Saints
Description and pictures.
Wall Paintings in the Church of All Saints:
The Annunciation
Warning Against Idle Gossip
Little Melton Mission Hall
Little Melton Mission Hall.
[Little Melton, The Mission, 1883]

Church Records

Norfolk and Norwich Genealogical Society
The Parish Registers of Norfolk: Little Melton, 1734-1837, transcribed and indexed.
[Norwich, Norfolk and Norwich Genealogical Society, The parish registers of Norfolk monograph series no.28, 1989]
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 1930 (and for the censuses from 1851 to 1901), Little Melton was in Henstead Registration District.

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Civil Registration


Description & Travel

Little Melton Parish Council
Parish council, church, organisations, history, map, pictures, etc.
Little Melton History Group
Little Melton, the Story of a Norfolk Village.
[ISBN 0954557107, Little Melton Community Trust, 2003]
Little Melton Mill
Description, history and pictures.

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Description and Travel

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Historical Geography

Little 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 Little 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
Little Melton Inclosure Act, 1814.
An act for inclosing lands in the parish of Melton Parva, otherwise Little Melton, in the county of Norfolk.
[London, J. Dorington, independently printed edition, 1814]

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Land and Property



You can see maps centred on OS grid reference TG165069 (Lat/Lon: 52.616807, 1.196478), Little Melton which are provided by:


Poor Houses, Poor Law