East Ruston


"RUSTON, (EAST) or Riston, a large scattered village, 6 miles E. by S. of North Walsham, has in its parish 759 souls, and 2494A. of land, mostly arable. In 1810, about 300A. were allotted to the poor, who cut fuel, and pastured their cattle upon it. The rest belongs to a number of free and copy-holders. The Rev. F.W. Cubitt is lord of the manors of East Ruston and Burnells, and the Trustees of D.B. Scott, Esq., are lords of Kerdiston Netherhall. Here is also a rectorial manor, leased with the tithes. The Church (St. Mary,) was re-pewed, and the north aisle rebuilt, in 1778. The benefice is a discharged vicarage, valued in the King's Book at £11.11s.10d., and annexed to the rectory of Ridlington, in the alternate patronage of Lady Wodehouse, and the Dean and Canons of Windsor. The latter are appropriators of the tithes, which are subject to the payment of only £13.6s.8d. to the vicar,  . . . They are held on lease, with the Rectory manor by T.N. Keith and J.J. Blake, Esqrs. East Ruston is distinguished as the birth-place of that truly eminent Greek scholar, RICHARD PORSON, M.A.," [William White History, Gazetteer, and Directory of Norfolk (1845) - Transcription copyright © Peter Green]


East Ruston is also known as Riston.
See also Sco Ruston.



The Monumental Inscriptions in the Hundred of Happing (Walter Rye).
The parishes covered include East Ruston.
See Brumstead

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Cemeteries



See also Norfolk Parish Links: Censuses


Church Directories

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

Cotton, Simon
St Mary's Church, East Ruston.
[London, Churches Conservation Trust, 1996]

Church Records

Parish Register Transcripts
Baptisms, Banns, Marriages and Burials.
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 1869 (and for the censuses in 1851 and 1861), East Ruston was in Tunstead and Happing Registration District.

This district was renamed on 1st January 1870 and, from then until 1930, East Ruston was in Smallburgh Registration District for civil registration and for the censuses of 1871 to 1901.

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Civil Registration


Description & Travel

Woods, J.S.W.
A History of East Ruston Staithe.
[Stalham, Capron and Helliwell, 1983]
East Ruston Post Mill
Description, history and pictures.
East Ruston Tower Mill
Description, history and pictures.

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Historical Geography

East Ruston is in Happing Hundred.

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

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



East Ruston History
Mediaeval history.
This is a link to an archived copy.

Land & Property

Great Britain: Statute
East Ruston Inclosure Act, 1806.
An act for inclosing lands in the parish of East Ruston in the county of Norfolk.
[George Eyre and Andrew Strahan, 1806]

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Land and Property



You can see maps centred on OS grid reference TG345282 (Lat/Lon: 52.800219, 1.477316), East Ruston which are provided by:


Military Records


Poor Houses, Poor Law