"ROYDON, on the south side of the Waveney, 1½ mile W. of Diss, has in its parish 586 souls, and 1217 acres of land, in the manor of Roydon Tufts, of which Philip Dykes, Esq. is lord, and Gissing Hall, of which the Right Hon. J.H. Frere, of Malta, is lord. The latter is owner of Roydon Hall, on an eminence above the river, and patron of the rectory, valued in the King's Book at £9, and enjoyed by the Rev. Temple Frere, who occupies the hall, and has about 40A. of glebe. The tithes were commuted in 1839 for £440. 7s. 2d. per annum. The Church (St. Remigius,) is a small antique fabric, with a round tower. The Church Land, 6A. 2R. 27P., and two cottages, are let for £22. 10s., which is applied in the service of the church. The aged poor of the parish have dividends of £905. 2s. three-and-a-half per cent. stock, left by Margaret Blowers, in 1815. In 1708, Robt. Horner bequeathed to the rector for the time being, a close of 4A., on condition that he should preach a sermon on Good Friday, and distribute 40s. yearly among poor widows." [William White History, Gazetteer, and Directory of Norfolk (1845) - Transcription copyright © Ann Duncan]


The name may also be spelled Royden.
See also Roydon near King's Lynn.


Church Directories

  • In 1883 the parish was in the Deanery of Redenhall, 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 Remigius.

Church History

Church of St Remigius
Description and pictures.
Church of St Remigius
Services, etc.
Bestelink, William; and Cotton, Simon
The Parish Church of Saint Remigius, Roydon, Norfolk: a short history.
[Roydon, The Church, 1994]

Church Records

Campling, Arthur
Index of Marriages, Roydon, 1559-1754.
[Norwich Local Studies Library, Handwritten document, 1930s]
Cole, P.; and Farrow Charles W.
The Parish Registers of Norfolk: Roydon, 1559-1837, transcribed and indexed.
[Norwich, Norfolk and Norwich Genealogical Society, Monograph Series no.26, 1988]
These are included in Boyd's Marriage Index.
They are not included in 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 1902 (and for the censuses of 1851 to 1901), Roydon was in Guiltcross Registration District.

This district was abolished on 1st April 1902 and, from then until 1930, Roydon was in Depwade Registration District for civil registration.

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Civil Registration


Description and Travel

Description, map, church, school, events, pictures, etc.
This is a link to an archived copy.
Roydon Parish Council
Councillors, meetings, minutes, etc.
Roydon Shelfanger Road Post Mill
Description, history and picture.
Roydon Tottington Post Mill
Description, history and map.

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Description and Travel

You can see pictures of Roydon which are provided by:




Historical Geography

Roydon is in Diss Hundred.

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

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



You can see maps centred on OS grid reference TM100805 (Lat/Lon: 52.381887, 1.083784), Roydon which are provided by:


Military Records

War Memorial
World Wars 1 and 2.
This is a link to an archived copy.

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Military Records


Names, Personal


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   59   91 430
1811   67 101 497
1821   82 137 601
1831 121 138 633
1841 121 -- 586
1851 119 -- 588
Year   Inhabited
Families Population
1861 123 -- 607
1871 133 132 650
1881 127 129 612
1891 155 155 739
1901 155 155 667
1911 -- 159 698

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 Census
"Emigration has taken place from Roydon since 1831."
1861 Census
"GUILTCROSS. The decrease of population in most of the parishes of this District is attributed partly to the migration of labourers to towns and manufacturing districts. In some parishes it has also been consequent upon the failure of hand-loom hemp-cloth weaving."
1901 Census
"Including Snow Street."

Other population figures