Rockland St Mary


"ROCKLAND ST. MARY is a large scattered village, 5½ miles S.E. by E. of Norwich, on the south side of the open vale of the Yare, near a rivulet which expands into a lake, or "broad," of 60 acres, navigable to the river. Its parish contains 473 inhabitants, and 1338A. 2R. 6P. of land, belonging to several proprietors, the largest of whom are Rt. Gilbert, jun., Esq., Rd. Crawshay, Esq., and Sir C.H. Rich. The latter is lord of the principal manor. It was anciently in two parishes, called Rockland Major and Minor, or Rockland St. Mary and St. Margaret, and had two Churches in the same burial ground. St. Margaret's, which had no tower, was dilapidated several centuries ago, but part of its ruined walls still remain, covered with ivy. St. Mary's, the present parish church, is a small edifice, with a square tower and three bells. The living is a discharged rectory, valued in the King's Book at £6. 13s. 4d., and in 1831 at £350, with a mediety of Holverstone rectory annexed to it, in the patronage of Queen's College, Cambridge, and incumbency of the Rev. Joseph Dewe, B.D." [William White, History, Gazetteer, and Directory of Norfolk (1845) - Transcription copyright © Pat Newby]


Rockland St Mary is south east of Norwich. It has no connection with Rockland All Saints with St Andrew,
and Rockland St Peter, which are adjoining parishes between Watton and Wymondham.


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 Mary.

Civil Registration

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

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Historical Geography

Rockland St Mary 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

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Land & Property

Great Britain. Inclosure Commissioners
Statement of claims (49): Claxton and Rockland.
Drawn up in pursuance of the Act of Inclosure, 1808.
Great Britain: Statute
Claxton and Rockland Saint Mary Inclosure Act, 1808.
An act for inclosing lands in the parishes of Claxton and Rockland, in the county of Norfolk: 27th May 1808.

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Land and Property



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