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Little Plumstead

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"PLUMSTEAD, (LITTLE) 6 miles E. by N. of Norwich, is a village and parish, with 341 inhabitants, and 1375 acres of rich loamy land, the greater part of which is the property of the Rev. Charles Penrice, M.A., the lord of the manor, and patron and incumbent of the rectory, valued in the King's books at £7. 12s. 6d., and in 1831 at £800, with those of Witton and Brundall annexed to it. The rector has here 12A. of glebe, and a good Rectory House. The Hall, a handsome cottage orné, with embattled towers and turrets, surmounted by small octagonal spires, is occupied by Admiral Philip Stephens. The Church (St. Gervase,) is a small structure with a tower, and has in its chancel two beautiful marble monuments, one to the memory of Sir Edward Warner, who died in 1565; and the other in remembrance of Thomas Penrice, Esq., who died in 1816. The latter is an exact model of one to Scipio Africanus, at Rome. In 1834, the rector filled the east window with stained glass, representing, in different compartments, the fall of man, the Redeemer, the Crucifixion, and the four Evangelists." [William White, History, Gazetteer, and Directory of Norfolk (1845) - Transcription copyright © Pat Newby]

See also Great Plumstead and Plumstead.


Church Directories

  • In 1883 the parish was in the Deanery of Blofield, 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 Gervase and St Protase.

Church Records

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 Plumstead was in Blofield Registration District.

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Civil Registration


Description and Travel

Great Plumstead and Little Plumstead (and Thorpe End) Parish Council
Description, churches, parish council, meetings, minutes, parish magazine, etc.
Great Plumstead, Little Plumstead, and Thorpe End
Description, churches, etc.

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Description and Travel

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Historical Geography

Little Plumstead is in Blofield Hundred.

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

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Land and Property

Great Britain: Statute
Little Plumstead Inclosure Act, 1800.
An act for dividing, allotting, and inclosing, the commons and waste grounds within the parish of Little Plumstead, in the county of Norfolk.
Coxford, Brian
Little Plumstead Brickworks.
[Norwich, Norfolk Industrial Archaeology Society, in "Journal of the Norfolk Industrial Archaeology Society", vol.3, 1983]

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Land and Property


Medical Records

Little Plumstead Hospital
This opened in 1930 for the care of mental health patients, and closed in the 1990s.

Poor Houses, Poor Law etc.



These figures are from the population tables which were produced after the 10-yearly national censuses. The "Families" heading includes families and single occupiers.

Year   Inhabited
Families Population
1801 31 36 172
1811 48 48 203
1821 51 51 247
1831 59 61 312
1841 66 -- 341
1851 69 -- 309
Year   Inhabited
Families Population
1861 72 -- 319
1871 73 78 329
1881 73 75 329
1891 76 76 355
1901 74 75 303
1911 -- 82 350

There may be more people living in detached parts of the parish (if there were any) and, if so, the number may or may not be included in the figures above. It is quite difficult to be sure from the population tables.