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Rockland St Peter

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" ROCKLAND ST. PETER is a parish of scattered houses, 5½ miles S.E. of Watton, and 4 miles W.N.W. of Attleborough, containing 392 souls, and 999 acres of land, of which about 200 acres, with the church, are in Shropham Hundred. Sir E.B. Smijth [sic], Bart., is lord of the manors of Kirkehall, Maynes, and Garneys, and owns 431A. 19P. of the soil, which is generally a light sand. The Church has a long thatched nave, and the rectory, valued in the King's Book at £4. 16s. 5½d., and in 1831 at £260, is in the patronage and incumbency of the Rev. Henry Bird, B.A. The glebe is 22A. 3R. 22P. The Wesleyan and Primitive Methodists have each a chapel here. The Fuel Allotment, 15A. 34P., awarded in 1814, is let for £13. Here is also 2A. 26P. of old poor's land." [William White  History, Gazetteer, and Directory of Norfolk (1845) - Transcription copyright ©  Pat Newby]

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 All Saints with St Andrew and Rockland St Mary.


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 church is dedicated to St Peter.

Church History

Church of St Peter
Description and pictures.
Church of St Peter
Services, etc.
Church of St Peter
Pictures of the church.
Rocklands Primitive Methodist Church at Rockland St Peter
Description, picture and map.

Church Records

Parish Register Transcripts
Baptisms 1813-1880
These are not included in Boyd's Marriage Index or 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), Rockland St Peter 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 St Peter Tower Mill
Description, history and pictures.

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Description and Travel

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Historical Geography

Rockland St Peter is in Wayland Hundred and Shropham Hundred.

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

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


Military Records

Roll of Honour
World Wars 1 and 2.
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.



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 32 39 164
1811 58 58 302
1821 73 73 349
1831 69 69 298
1841 86 -- 392
1851 98 -- 447
Year   Inhabited
Families Population
1861 93 -- 386
1871 84 88 326
1881 65 69 254
1891 67 68 273
1901 69 71 273
1911 -- 66 298

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.