Great Ringstead


"RINGSTEAD (GREAT) is a pleasant village, in a fertile valley, 2 miles S.E. of Hunstanton, and 8 miles W. by S. of Burnham Market, comprising in its parish 526 inhabitants, and 3,280 acres of land, mostly belonging to Henry L'Estrange Styleman Le Strange, Esq., the lord of the manor, and patron of the rectory; but Wm. Herring, Esq., (180A.) of Norwich, and some others, have estates here. It had formerly two parish CHURCHES, (St. Peter and St. Andrew,) but they were consolidated in 1771, when the former was pulled down, except its circular tower, which now forms an ivy-mantled dove-cote; and the other materials were used in repairing St. Andrew's, which has a nave, chancel, tower, and south porch. The discharged and consolidated rectories, valued in the King's Book at £20.6s.8d., and now at £530, are enjoyed by the Rev. Fredk. Fitzroy, M.A., with a good rectory-house, (rebuilt about 5 years ago,) and 140A. of glebe." [William White, History, Gazetteer, and Directory of Norfolk (1845) - Transcription copyright © Paul Beesley]


Church Directories

  • In 1883 the parish was in the Deanery of Heacham, 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 Andrew.
    There was formerly a church dedicated to St Peter.
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Historical Geography

Great Ringstead is in Smithdon Hundred.

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

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