"HARLESTON or REDENHALL-with-HARLESTON, with part of MENDHAM. HARLESTON is a market town on the borders of Suffolk, head of a county court district and polling-place for the Southern division of the county, and station on the Waveney Valley branch of the Great Eastern railway, chiefly in the parish of Redenhall, that part of the parish of Mendham which is in the town is now added to Redenhall for parochial purposes, and on the north bank of the river Waveney, 19 miles south of Norwich, 10 north-east from Diss and 99 from London, in Depwade union, Earsham hundred, rural deanery of Redenhall, archdeaconry of Norfolk and diocese of Norwich. The church of St. Mary situated, in Redenhall, about a mile from the town, was rebuilt by Thomas of Brotherton, Duke of Norfolk, and is a very handsome gothic edifice; it consists of chancel, nave and aisles, and handsome Gothic porch, with lofty embattled tower, commenced in 1460, containing 8 bells and surmounted by pinnacles . . . . The register dates from the year 1558. The living is a rectory, yearly vale £1,005, with residence, and has 30 acres of glebe attached, in the gift of the Duke of Norfolk on the nomination of the Bishop of Norwich and held since 1874 by the Ven. Thomas Thomason Perowne B.D. Archdeacon of Norwich, late fellow of Corpus Christi college, Cambridge." [Kelly's Directory for Cambridgeshire, Norfolk & Suffolk (1883) - Transcription copyright © E.C. “Paddy” Apling]


Redenhall is part of the ecclesiastical parish of Redenhall with Harleston and Wortwell.
White's Directory of Norfolk for 1845 says "Harleston is a chapelry, and Wortwell a township, both in Redenhall parish."
See also Harleston. and Wortwell.


Church Directories

  • In 1883 the parish was in the Deanery of Redenhall, 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 Mary.

Church History

Church of St Mary
Description and pictures.
(no author)
The Parish of Redenhall with Harleston and Wortwell, illustrated church history and guide (St Mary, Redenhall and St John the Baptist, Harleston).
[Harleston, Harleston Press, 1980]

Church Records

Campling, Arthur
Index of baptisms: Redenhall, 1558-1751.
[Norwich Local Studies Library, Handwritten document, 1930s]
Campling, Arthur
Index of Marriages: Redenhall, 1559-1809.
[Norwich Local Studies Library, Handwritten document, 1930s]
Campling, Arthur
Index of Burials: Redenhall, 1756-1767.
[Norwich Local Studies Library, Handwritten document, 1930s]
These are included in Boyd's Marriage Index.
They are not included in 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), Redenhall was in Depwade Registration District.

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Civil Registration


Description & Travel

Candler, Charles
Notes on the Parish of Redenhall with Harleston, in the County of Norfolk, compiled chiefly from the records in the Town Chest.
[London, Jarrold, 1896]
Wagstaffe, Thomas
An account of a bank for savings, established in Redenhall with Harleston and Wortwell, in Norfolk, in 1814, with reflection on the state of the poor, and the utility of such institutions.
[Harleston, printed by Robert Cann, in "Pamphlets on the Norfolk Poor", 1816]

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Description and Travel

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Historical Geography

Redenhall is in Earsham Hundred.

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

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



You can see maps centred on OS grid reference TM264844 (Lat/Lon: 52.411111, 1.32677), Redenhall which are provided by:



Snowdon, Jasper Whitfield
Modern bell founding, an account of the Redenhall Bell Foundry, Harleston, Norfolk.
["The Engineer", 1880]

Poor Houses, Poor Law