"ROUGHTON, 6½ miles N. by E. of Aylsham, has in its parish 404 souls, and 1740 acres of land, including 371A. of open heath, on which the parishioners cut fuel. Lord Suffield owns a great part of the soil, and is lord of the manor. The Church (St. Mary,) has a round embattled tower, and the living is a discharged vicarage, valued in the King's Book at £6, and now having 29A. of glebe, and a yearly rent of £96, awarded in lieu of small tithes, in 1839, when the great tithes were commuted for £197 per annum. The latter are held by Lord Suffield of the Bishop of Ely, the patron of the living, which is now enjoyed by the Rev. Fleetwood Churchill. Here is a Primitive Methodist chapel. The FREE SCHOOL, now conducted on the national system, was founded by the Rev. Robt. Brown, in 1694, and the master now derives about £45 a year from the school property, exclusive of the use of the dwelling-house, and about five acres of land " [William White History, Gazetteer, and Directory of Norfolk (1845) - Transcription copyright © Pat Newby]


See also Roudham and Rougham.



  • Perkins, John and Perkins, Eileen
    Roughton, Norfolk 1841-1881 census index.
  • 1891: Surname List

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Censuses


Church Directories

  • In 1883 the parish was in the Deanery of Repps, 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

Morland, A.
A Short Guide to St Mary's Church, Roughton.
[North Walsham, Rounce and Wortley, 1960]

Church Records

Archdeacons' Transcripts
Baptisms 1725-1812, Marriages 1725-1812 and Burials 1725-1812.
[Parish Register Transcription Society, Dart Series, 2000?]

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), Roughton was in Erpingham Registration District.

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Civil Registration

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Historical Geography

Roughton is in North Erpingham Hundred.

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

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You can see maps centred on OS grid reference TG218371 (Lat/Lon: 52.885706, 1.295955), Roughton which are provided by:


Poor Houses, Poor Law



Hayes, Glenda
St Mary's: The First 300 years: The History of St Mary's Primary School.