Saham Toney


"SAHAM-TONEY is a large but scattered village, 1 mile N.W. of Watton. Its parish has increased its population since 1801 from 650 to 1286 souls, and contains 4048 acres of land, chiefly belonging to the Gurney, Harvey, Mann, Castendieck, Mills, Grigson, Clark, and Taylor families. Thomas D. Calthorp, Esq., is lord of the manor of Saham-Toney, which was held by the famous Earl of Warwick, in the reigns of Henry VI. and Edward IV. The Rev. W. Grigson, M.A., is lord of the manors of Howards, Harveys, and Pages, and here is also a small rectorial manor. . . . The Church (St. George) is a large and handsome structure, . . . The rectory, valued in the King's Book at £21. 14s. 9d., and now at £1122, is in the patronage of New College, Oxford, and incumbency of the Rev. Wm. Hooper Parker, M.A. The Wesleyans, Primitive Methodists, and Wesleyan Reformers have each a chapel here. In 1626, the Rev. Wm. Terry, a late rector, left the Rectory House, well furnished, and 5A. of land, for the use of succeeding rectors.  . . . In 1611, Edward Goaffe left a school-house for the masters' residence, and almshouses, for four poor widows;  . . .The Free School was rebuilt in 1837, and enlarged in 1844.  . . . The four almshouses were taken down in 1859, and rebuilt on a new site by the rector, who also built the Girls' and Infants' Schools, the latter in 1838, and the former in 1848.  . . . The Agricultural and Commercial College School is a large and handsome Elizabethan structure, erected by the Rev. W.H. Hooper, M.A., in 1852," [William White History, Gazetteer, and Directory of Norfolk (1864) - Transcription copyright © Pat Newby]


Church Directories

  • In 1883 the parish was in the Deanery of Breckles, 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 George.

Church History

Church of St George
Description and pictures.
Saham Hills Methodist Church
Minister, services, picture, etc.
Follow the link to the home page, then search for the church.

Church Records

Parish Registers
List of Surnames of People who come from other Parishes
(these people are often known as "Strays")
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), Saham Toney was in Swaffham Registration District.

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Civil Registration


Description & Travel

Saham Toney Parish Council
Parish council, pictures, etc.
Saham Toney Mill
Description and pictures.

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Description and Travel

You can see pictures of Saham Toney which are provided by:





Brown, Robin A.
Index Nominum Saham Toniensis.
An alphabetical list of the inhabitants of Saham Toney since about 1500, with family details, occupations, etc.
[Woodcock Hall Publications, Limited edition of ?12 copies, 1997]

Historical Geography

Saham Toney is in Wayland Hundred.

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

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



Brown, Robin A.
Shadows on the Summer Grass: some essays on aspects of a Norfolk parish from pre-history to the 20th Century.
[Woodcock Hall Publications, Limited edition of 20 copies, 1998]

Land & Property

Great Britain. Inclosure Commissioners
Statement of claims (70): Saham Toney.
Drawn up in pursuance of the Act of Inclosure, 1797.
Great Britain: Statute
Saham Toney Inclosure Act, 1797.
An act for dividing, allotting and inclosing, the whole-year lands, common fields, half-year or shack lands, fens, commons, commonable wood grounds, and other commonable and waste lands, within the parish of Saham Toney, in the county of Norfolk.
[An independently printed edition of the act, 1797]

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Land and Property



You can see maps centred on OS grid reference TF899022 (Lat/Lon: 52.584382, 0.801996), Saham Toney which are provided by:


Poor Houses, Poor Law