"NORWICH, a city and county (of itself), locally in the hundred of Humbleyard, county of NORFOLK, of which it is the capital, 108 miles (N.E. by N.) from London, containing, exclusively of that part of the parish of Hellesdon which is in the hundred of Taverham, and of that part of the parish of Thorpe St. Andrew which is in the hundred of Blofield, 50,288 inhabitants. This ancient city, which rose from the ruins of the Fenta Icenorum of the Romans . . . was by the Britons, in allusion to that circumstance, called Caer Gwent; and by the Saxons, in reference to its situation with respect to the Roman station, North wic, or the northern castle, of which its present name is an evident contraction. . . . The city is pleasantly situated on the summit and acclivities of an eminence rising gently from the river Wensum, which, after pursuing a winding course through the town, joins the river Yare, thus affording a line of navigation from the sea at Yarmouth. The houses are in general of antique appearance, and the city, from being thickly interspersed with orchards and garden-grounds, presents a rural aspect, almost unparalleled in towns of such extent: the principal streets are well paved, the others only partially. There are not less than nine bridges over the river, connecting the various parts of the town, which has recently been lighted wholly with gas; the streets are in many places narrow, and diverge from one common centre. The town, extending a mile and a half in length, and one mile and a quarter in breadth, was formerly-surrounded on all sides, except where it was defended by the river, with embattled walls. . . . The cathedral church, dedicated to the Holy Trinity, . . . has undergone numerous repairs and alterations, especially in 1806, when a thorough reparation took place. In its present state it displays much of its original Norman architecture, of which it affords some of the finest specimens in the kingdom." [Samuel Lewis, A Topographical Dictionary of England (1831) - copyright © Mel Lockie]

There are more than 30 cemeteries identified in this place. Please click here for a complete list.


There are more than 30 churches identified in this place. Please click here for a complete list.

Church Directories

  • In 1883 the parishes were in the Deanery of Norwich, in the archdeaconry of Norwich.
    They could have been in a different deanery or archdeaconry both before and after this date.
  • There were about 50 parish churches.

Church History


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), the parishes of Norwich were in Norwich Registration District.

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Civil Registration


Description & Travel

Norwich Web Sites
Photographs of old Norwich
Photographs from the 1930s onwards - many topics.
Norwich, the Old City
History, pictures, events, etc.
This is a link to an archived copy.
Old Norfolk: Norwich
People, places, churches, history, pictures, etc.
This is a link to an archived copy.
Norwich City Council Pages
History, pictures, churches, businesses, maps, museums, etc.
Aspects of Norwich

This is a selection of the many web pages about Norwich - also explore the web sites above.

Extract from Barclay's Complete and Universal English Dictionary 1842
A description of Norwich in 1842.
Descriptions and pictures.
Yards and Courts
Names, cross references, further links.
Walls and Towers
Descriptions and pictures.
Chapelfield Gardens
History, pictures. etc.
This is a link to an archived copy.
Description, history and pictures.
This is a link to an archived copy.

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Description and Travel

You can see pictures of Norwich which are provided by:


Emigration & Immigration

Moens, William John Charles
The Walloons and their church at Norwich: their history and registers, 1565-1832.
[Lymington, Huguenot Society of London (1), 1887]
Rickwood, Douglas Lincoln
The Norwich Dutch and Walloon Strangers' Book of Orders, 1564-1643.
Part 1: The Norwich Stranger settlement and its archive: (with special reference to the Origin, Compilation and Purpose of the Dutch and Walloon Strangers' Book of Orders.
Part 2: The text transcribed and edited.
[Norwich, University of East Anglia Thesis, 1989]



Historical Geography

The Norwich parishes are in the County of the City of Norwich.

Parish outline and location.
See Parish Map for the County of the City of Norwich

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


Jewish History

Lipman, Vivian D.
The Jews of medieval Norwich; with an appendix of Latin documents from the Westminster Abbey Muniment Room; and the Hebrew poems of Meir of Norwich (edited by A.M. Habermann).
[London, Jewish Historical Society of England, 1967]


See also Norwich Maps

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference TG232085 (Lat/Lon: 52.627905, 1.296215), Norwich which are provided by:


Poor Houses, Poor Law



Allthorpe-Guyton, Marjorie and Stevens, John
A happy eye: A school of art in Norwich 1845-1982.
[ISBN 0711700281, Norwich, Jarrold, 1982]
City of Norwich School Archives
Pictures, staff, extracts from school magazine, etc.
History of the Norwich School
Description and history.
Harries, Richard; Cattermole, Paul and Mackintosh, Peter
A history of Norwich School: King Edward VI's Grammar School at Norwich.
[ISBN 0951856111 0951856103, Norwich, Friends of Norwich School, 1991]
Saunders, H.W.
A History of the Norwich Grammar School.
[Norwich, Jarrold, 1932]
Norwich High School
Norwich High School, 1875-1950.
[Norwich, Goose Press, 1950?]
Bolingbroke, Leonard George
Schools and scholarship in mediaeval Norwich.
[Norwich, Science Gossip Club, 1908]
Smith, William David
Education and society in Norwich, 1800-1870.
[Norwich, University of East Anglia PhD Thesis, 1978]

Voting Registers

Voting Registers - Poll Books, Election Registers, etc.

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Voting Registers