"PASTON, a scattered village and parish, 4 miles N.E. by N. of North Walsham, has 298 souls, and 1375 acres of land, mostly the property of John Mack, Esq., the lord of the manors of Paston, Leeches, Latimers, and Huntingfields; but Wm. Custance, Esq., has a small manor here, called Paston Sacre. . . . The Church (St. Margaret,) has a tower and five bells, and contains several monuments to the Pastons . . . . The church was in a very dilapidated state, but was thoroughly repaired and beautified in 1843-'4, at the cost of about £500.The vicarage, valued in the King's Book at £6. 13s. 4d., was augmented with £400 of Queen Anne's Bounty in 1774 and '89. . . . J. Mack, Esq., is patron, and the Rev. F.E. Arden, incumbent." [William White, History, Gazetteer, and Directory of Norfolk (1883) - Transcription copyright © Pat Newby]


Paston is about 9 miles S.E. of Cromer.


Church Directories

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

Church History

Loraine, Herbert
Paston: some notes on the church of St Margaret and the Paston family.
[North Walsham, Rounce and Wortley, 1949]

Civil Registration

For the civil registration of births, marriages and deaths between 1837 and 1869 (and for the censuses in 1851 and 1861), Paston was in Tunstead and Happing Registration District.

This district was renamed on 1st January 1870 and, from then until 1930, Paston was in Smallburgh Registration District for civil registration and for the censuses of 1871 to 1901.

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Civil Registration


Description & Travel

Paston Stow Hill Mill
Description, history and pictures.
Rothery, Constance
The Poppyland Flyer: the story of the railway line from Cromer to North Walsham, 1906-1953: calling at: Cromer Links - Overstrand - Sidestrand Halt -Trimmingham and Paston and Knapton - Mundesley.
[Trimingham, Norfolk, 1984]

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Description and Travel

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Historical Geography

Paston is in Tunstead Hundred.

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

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


Land & Property



You can see maps centred on OS grid reference TG319346 (Lat/Lon: 52.858715, 1.443758), Paston which are provided by:


Poor Houses, Poor Law