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Rockland All Saints with St Andrew

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"ROCKLAND (ALL SAINTS and ST. ANDREW,) are two adjoining parishes, with a scattered village (chiefly cottages,) distant 4 miles W. of Attleborough, and extending into Rockland St. Peter's. . . . All Saints has 352 souls, and 916 acres; and St. Andrews has 124 souls and 669 acres. Wayland Union Workhouse is in the former parish . . . . The Rev. Sir E.B. Smyth, Bart., owns most of the soil, and is lord of the manors of Kirkhall, Moynes, and Gurneys, in Rockland Tofts, and Carbonels, in Rockland. St. Andrew's church was dilapidated when Blomefield wrote, and the benefice consolidated with All Saints' Church, a small fabric, with a square tower and three bells. The discharged and consolidated rectories of All Saints and St. Andrew are valued in the King's Book at £10. 19s. 4d., and in 1831, at £1025 per annum, with that of Caston annexed to them. The Rev. B. Barker, of Shipdham, is patron and incumbent." [William White, History, Gazetteer, and Directory of Norfolk (1845) - Transcription copyright ©Pamela Littlefair]

Rockland All Saints with St Andrew is about 11 miles N.E. of Thetford.
Rockland is also the name of the deanery, so a reference to Rockland could mean this parish, or this area of Norfolk.
Rockland All Saints with St Andrew and Rockland St Peter are adjoining parishes, called The Rocklands.
Rockland St Mary is about 20 miles away.
See also Rockland St Mary and Rockland St Peter.


Church Directories

  • In 1883 the parish was in the Deanery of Rockland, in the archdeaconry of Norfolk.
    It could have been in a different deanery or archdeaconry both before and after this date.
  • The parish churches are dedicated to All Saints and to St Andrew.

Church History

Church of All Saints
Description and pictures.
Church of All Saints
Services, etc.
Church of St Andrew
Description and pictures.

Church Records

Parish Register Transcripts
Baptisms 1813-1880
These are not included in Boyd's Marriage Index or Phillimore's Marriage Registers.
Workhouse Registers
Baptisms 1837-1866

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), Rockland All Saints with St Andrew was in Wayland Registration District.

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Civil Registration


Description and Travel

The Rocklands
Rockland All Saints with St Andrew, and Rockland St Peter.
Parish Council, news, organisations, history, pictures, etc.
Leslie Cook; and Cynthia Cook
Rocklands: Beginnings to 1988
Articles written by Leslie Cook for the Rocklander Parish Magazine, about history, churches, family history, etc.
Rockland All Saints Tower Mill
Description and history.
Rockland St Andrew Post Mill
Description, history and map.

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Description and Travel

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Historical Geography

Rockland All Saints with St Andrew is in Shropham Hundred.

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

You can see the administrative areas in which Rockland All Saints with St Andrew has been placed at times in the past. Select one to see a link to a map of that particular area.


Land and Property

Great Britain: Statute
Rockland Parishes Inclosure Act, 1812.
An act for inclosing lands in the parishes of Rockland Saint Andrew, Rockland All Saints, and Rockland Saint Peter, in the county of Norfolk: 20th April 1812.
[London, George Eyre and Andrew Strahan, 1812]
[London, C. Baldwin, printer, 1812]

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Land and Property


Military Records

Roll of Honour
Rockland All Saints World War 1.
Rolls of Honour
Rockland St Peter (WW1), Rockland All Saints (WW1), and The Rocklands (WW2).

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Military Records


Poor Houses, Poor Law etc.

After 1834 Rockland All Saints with St Andrew became part of the Wayland Union, and the workhouse was in this parish.

Wayland Union
Parishes in the union, their arrangements for the poor before 1834, etc.
Wayland Union and Workhouse
Description from White's Directory of Norfolk, 1845.
Wayland Union and Workhouse
Description and pictures.


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 58 71 352
1811 55 55 221  All Saints
  25 25 129  St Andrew
1821 58 58 267  All Saints
  29 29 143  St Andrew
1831 51 66 322  All Saints
  24 29 136  St Andrew
1841 67 --- 352  All Saints
  27 --- 124  St Andrew
1851 75 --- 375  All Saints
  26 --- 115  St Andrew
Year   Inhabited
Families Population       
1861 77 --- 373  All Saints
  25 --- 111  St Andrew
1871 70 70 317  All Saints
  26 26 105  St Andrew
1881 68 73 324  All Saints
  22 23   98  St Andrew
1891 87 87 394
1901 82 82 357
1911 --- 79 408

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.

1841 and 1851 Censuses
"The Return for Rockland All Saints Parish includes 36 persons in 1841, and 75 in 1851, in the Wayland Union Workhouse. Rockland All Saints, and Rockland St Andrew, are ecclesiastically united."
1861 Census
"WAYLAND. The general decrease of population in the Attleborough Subdistrict is mainly attributed to emigration."
1911 Census
Out of the population of 408, 88 were in a large establishment or institution. This was probably the workhouse.

Other population figures