Ormesby St Margaret


"ORMESBY (GREAT,) or Ormesby St. Margaret, is a large and handsome village, about one mile from the sea, and 5 miles N. by W. of Yarmouth; and has annexed to its parish the hamlet and manor of SCRATBY, which lies about ¾ of a mile to the north-east. They contain together 776 inhabitants, of whom 645 are in Ormesby, and 131 in Scratby. Ormesby St. Margaret comprises about 1600 acres of land, belonging to a number of freeholders, some of whom have neat mansions here; but the Rev. Gibson Lucas and the Rev. Charles Lucas are joint lords of the manor, which anciently belonged to the Ormesby family. . . . The Church, dedicated to St. Margaret, has several monuments of the knightly family of Clere, and a fine tower, surmounted by the figures of four monks in lieu of pinnacles. The vicarages of Ormesby St. Margaret and Scratby, were consolidated with the curacy of Ormesby St. Michael, in 1548, and valued in the King's Book at £10. 10s., and in 1831, at £451, being augmented, in 1719, with £210, given by N. Symonds, Esq., and £200 of Queen Anne's Bounty. The rectorial tithes have been commuted for £796, and the vicarial tithes for £304 per annum. The Rev. Richard Foster, M.A., is the vicar, and the Dean and Chapter of Norwich are the patrons." [William White, History, Gazetteer, and Directory of Norfolk (1845) - Transcription copyright © Pat Newby]


See also Ormesby St Michael.




Church Directories

  • In 1883 the parish was in the Deanery of Flegg, 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 Margaret.

Church Records

Ormesby St Margaret Marriages 1601-1837
See Phillimore's Marriage Registers, Volume 7.
Parish Register Transcriptions
Baptisms, Marriages and Burials.

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Civil Registration

For the civil registration of births, marriages and deaths between 1837 and 1923 (and for the censuses from 1851 to 1901), Ormesby St Margaret was in Flegg Registration District. Between 1837 and 1850, the district was called East and West Flegg.

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Description & Travel

Ormesby Post Mill
Description and picture.
Ormesby Tower Mill
Description and picture.

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Emigration & Immigration

MacAllan, Barbara
Custom, Contrast or Compromise: the transfer of culture from old to New England in the seventeenth century: Ormesby, Norfolk to Hampton, New Hampshire.
[Norwich, University of East Anglia, Ph.D. Thesis, 2 vols, 1999]
Hampton History, Genealogy and Biography
New Hampshire



Historical Geography

Ormesby St Margaret is in East Flegg Hundred.

Parish outline and location.
See Parish Map for East Flegg and West Flegg Hundreds
Description of East Flegg and West Flegg Hundreds
1845: White's History, Gazetteer, and Directory of Norfolk

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Land & Property

Great Britain: Statute
Great Ormesby, Little Ormesby and Scratby Inclosure Act, 1842.
An act for dividing, allotting, and inclosing lands in the parishes of Ormesby Saint Margaret, Ormesby Saint Michael, Ormesby Saint Peter, and Ormesby Saint Andrew, and Scratby otherwise Scroteby, in the county of Norfolk: 18th June 1842.
[London, George Edward Eyre and Andrew Spottiswoode, 1842]

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Poor Houses, Poor Law