"RANWORTH, on a small broad, near the river Bure, 10 miles E.N.E. of Norwich, has in its parish 290 souls, about 1800 acres of land, and several broads or lakes, one of which is a large decoy. Panxworth is united with it for the support of the poor. John Kerrison, Esq., owns most of the soil, and is lord of the manor, which was anciently held by the Bigods and the Howards. He resides at the Hall, a neat mansion, with pleasant grounds, and a fine sheet of water. The Church, (St. Helen,) is a discharged vicarage, valued in the King's Book at £4, and in 1831 at £312, with that of Upton annexed to it. In 1773 and '87, it was augmented with £400 of Queen Anne's Bounty. The Rev. John Wm. Greaves is incumbent, and the Bishop of Ely is patron, and also appropriator of the rectorial tithes, now leased to J. Kerrison, Esq." [William White, History, Gazetteer, and Directory of Norfolk (1845) - Transcription copyright © Pat Newby]


Ranworth is also known as Ranworth with Panxworth.
See also Panxworth.


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 Helen.

Church History

The Church of St Helen has a famous 15th century painted rood screen.

Church of St Helen
Description and pictures.
Everard, E.D.
Visitor's Guide to Ranworth Church.
[Ranworth, The Church, 1970s]
Mockridge, Patricia
The Parish Church of St Helen's, Ranworth: the cathedral of the broads.
[Ranworth, The Church, 2003]
Church of St Helen
Description, pictures, etc of the screen.
Hart, Richard
Description of the Engraving from the Ranworth Screen.
[Norwich, Norfolk and Norwich Archaeological Society, in "Norfolk Archaeology", vol.1, 1847]
Morant, Alfred W.; and Le Strange, John
Notices of the Church at Ranworth.
[Norwich, Norfolk and Norwich Archaeological Society, in "Miscellaneous Papers", 1867]
Strange, Edward F.
The Rood-Screen of Ranworth Church.
[Norwich, Jarrold, 1902]
Winter, C.J.W
Illustrations of the Rood-Screen at Ranworth.
[Norwich, Norfolk and Norwich Archaeological Society, in "Miscellaneous Papers", 1867]
Kellehar, Cecil
The Ranworth Story: as told by Brother Pacificus in Son et Lumiere.
[ISBN 0952570424, Salhouse, David Benham Print and Publishing, 1996]

Church Records

Parish Register Transcripts
Baptisms 1813-1880
Marriages 1559-1812
See Phillimore's Marriage Registers, Volume 3.
These are included in Boyd's Marriage Index.
Dinner at the House of Matthias Kerrison
This was recorded in the parish register.

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), Ranworth was in Blofield Registration District.

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Civil Registration


Description & Travel

Description and pictures.
Norfolk Naturalists Trust
Ranworth Nature Reserve.
[Norwich, Norfolk Naturalist Trust, 1990s]
Ranworth, and Malthouse Broad
Description, pictures, etc.

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Description and Travel

You can see pictures of Ranworth which are provided by:




Historical Geography

Ranworth is in Walsham Hundred.

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

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



Enraght, H.J.
Ranworth: a village and church on the Broads.
[Norwich, 1988]


You can see maps centred on OS grid reference TG359146 (Lat/Lon: 52.677969, 1.48783), Ranworth which are provided by:


Poor Houses, Poor Law