Great Ryburgh


"RYBURGH MAGNA, a large village on the western bank of the Wensum, 4 miles S.E. of Fakenham, has in its parish 521 souls, and 1,488 acres of land. Edmond Wodehouse, Esq., M.P., of Thorpe, near Norwich, is lord of the manor, and owner of a great part of the soil; and also of Sennowe Lodge, a neat white mansion, . . . Ryburgh Hall, a small mansion in the village, is the seat of Lieut. Colonel Hugh Fitz-Roy, who owns about one-third of the parish. The CHURCH (St. Andrew,) has a modern stained glass window, and a tower, . . . The living is a discharged rectory, valued in the King's Book at £14 6s. 10d., and in 1831 at £582, with the vicarage of Ryburgh Parva annexed to it, in the gift of E. Wodehouse, Esq., and incumbency of the Rev. Wm. Ray Clayton." [William White History, Gazetteer, and Directory of Norfolk (1845) - Transcription copyright © Pat Newby]


See also Little Ryburgh.



Howell, Shirley W. and Howell, Keith M.
The Monumental Inscriptions of Great and Little Ryburgh.

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Cemeteries



See also Norfolk Parish Links: Censuses


Church Directories

  • In 1883 the parish was in the Deanery of Toftrees, in the archdeaconry of Norwich.
    It could have been in a different deanery or archdeaconry both before and after this date.
  • The parish church is dedicated to St Andrew.

Church History

Church of St Andrew
Description and pictures.
Church of St Andrew
Services, description, pictures, etc.
Church of St Andrew
Pictures of the church.
Tatham, Frederick Hugh
Great Ryburgh: the Church of St Andrew.
[Fakenham, Lancaster Press, 1950s]
Methodist Church
Minister, services, picture, etc.
Follow the link to the home page, then search for the church.

Church Records

Parish Register Transcripts
Baptisms 1813-1880
Parish Register Transcripts
Parish Register Transcripts
Marriages 1547-1837.
[Parish Register Transcription Society, Miscellaneous Series of IHGS Parish Registers, 2000?]
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 1930 (and for the censuses from 1851 to 1901), Great Ryburgh was in Walsingham Registration District.

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Civil Registration


Description & Travel

Great Ryburgh Water Mill
Description, history and pictures.

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Historical Geography

Great Ryburgh is in Gallow Hundred.

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

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



Manning, I.M.
Great Ryburgh Foundry and Maltings.
[Norwich, Norfolk Industrial Archaeology Society, in "Journal of the Norfolk Industrial Archaeology Society", vol.II, no.2, 1977]

Land & Property



You can see maps centred on OS grid reference TF957275 (Lat/Lon: 52.809662, 0.901657), Great Ryburgh which are provided by:


Poor Houses, Poor Law



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 -- -- 377
1811   61   82 431
1821 101 110 525
1831 119 119 598
1841 111 -- 521
1851 124 -- 596
Year   Inhabited
Families Population
1861 118 -- 556
1871 137 141 590
1881 145 183 693
1891 141 143 628
1901 149 149 662
1911 -- 150 612

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
"Fifty persons have emigrated from Great Ryburgh Parish during the last five years."
1861 Census
"The decreased return of population in the parish of Great Ryburgh is partly owing to the fact that in 1851 several labourers were engaged on railway works."