West Poringland

"PORINGLAND, (LITTLE) or West Poringland is a churchless parish, adjoining East Poringland, with which it is united for the support of the poor, but repairs its roads separately. It has only 57 souls, and 622A. of land, mostly belonging to the Rev. John Holmes, the lord of the manor. The Church (St. Michael,) was dilapidated before the year 1540, and its curacy consolidated with the rectory of Howe. The farmers are Abm. Aldridge, Chas. Hubbard, Jas. Shortins, and Thos. Thurtell." [William White, History, Gazetteer, and Directory of Norfolk (1845) - Transcription copyright © Pat Newby]

West Poringland is about 6 miles south south east of Norwich.
It is also called Little Poringland.
See also East Poringland.


Church Directories

  • In 1883 the parish was in the Deanery of Brooke, in the archdeaconry of Norfolk.
    It could have been in a different deanery or archdeaconry both before and after this date.
  • The parish church was dedicated to St Michael, but was dilapidated before 1540.

Civil Registration

For the civil registration of births, marriages and deaths between 1837 and 1930 (and for the censuses from 1851 to 1901), West Poringland was in Henstead Registration District.

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Civil Registration

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Historical Geography

West Poringland is in Henstead Hundred.

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

You can see the administrative areas in which West Poringland 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 TG262010 (Lat/Lon: 52.559395, 1.335267), West Poringland which are provided by:


Poor Houses, Poor Law