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"RYSTON parish, 3 miles S. by E. of Downham, has only 40 souls, and about 1,000 acres of land, belonging to Edward Roger Pratt, Esq., of Ryston Hall, a neat mansion, in a beautiful park.The CHURCH, (St. Michael,) is a small structure, with a square tower. On the pavement, a marble slab covers the remains of Sir Roger Pratt, who died in 1684, and on an altar-tomb lies the effigy of his lady.The curacy of Ryston with Roxham, was augmented from 1810 to 1824, with £800 of Queen Anne's Bounty, and was valued in 1831 at £61. The Dean and Chapter of Norwich are patrons, and the Rev. Charles Mann is the incumbent." [William White History, Gazetteer, and Directory of Norfolk (1845) - Transcription copyright © Pat Newby]

With Roxham, it is usually known as Ryston with Roxham and Ryston cum Roxham.
The name may also be spelled Riston.
It is also known as West Ryston and West Riston.
See also Roxham, Briston and Griston.



Not all memorials may be included, even when a transcription is marked as complete, for example when stones are not legible enough to be read or photographed.

Church of St Michael
Transcriptions of memorials in the church and churchyard.
This is a link to an archived copy.
Church of St Michael
Transcriptions and photographs of memorials.

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Cemeteries



You can also perform a more selective search for churches in the Ryston area or see them printed on a map.


Church Directories

  • In 1883 the parish was in the Deanery of Fincham, 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 Michael.

Church History

Church of St Michael
Services, etc.
Church of St Michael
Description and pictures.
Church of St Michael
Services, etc.
Church Bells
Church Bells, as described in 1874.

Church Records

Palgrave-Moore, Patrick
Ryston cum Roxham Parish Registers, 1687-1837; transcribed and indexed.
[Norwich, Norfolk and Norwich Genealogical Society, 1986]
Archdeacons' Transcripts or Bishop's Transcripts
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), Ryston was in Downham Registration District.

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Civil Registration


Description and Travel

See Norfolk Parish Links: Description and Travel

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Historical Geography

Ryston is in Clackclose Hundred.

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

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



Description, history, people, pictures, etc, of Ryston and Roxham
and other parishes near Downham Market.
Shaw, Christopher
Fordham, Hilgay and Ten Mile Bank, Little Ouse, Ryston and Roxham, Southery: a brief history for local and family historians.
[Spindrift Print and Publishing, Series: Downham Market and around: Book 1, 2009]

Military Records

Roll of Honour for Denver, including Fordham, Ryston, Roxham and Bexwell.
World Wars 1 and 2.

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 3 3 31
1811 3 3 19
1821 4 4 25
1831 3 3 26
1841 7 -- 40
1851 7 -- 40
Year   Inhabited
Families Population
1861 6 -- 29
1871 6 6 36
1881 7 7 35
1891 8 8 46
1901 8 8 29
1911 -- 9 27

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.