"SCARNING is a fertile parish, extending from 1 to 3½ miles westward from East Dereham, on the Swaffham road, and having many scattered houses, 613 inhabitants, and 3,870 acres of land, partly belonging to Edwd Lombe, Esq., the lord of the manor, which is subject to arbitrary fines, and has a court baron yearly. . . . The CHURCH, dedicated to St. Peter and St. Paul, has a massive tower, . . . The living, valued in the King's Book at £9. 0s. 2d., and in 1831, at £401, is both rectorial and vicarial; the Rev. Philip Du Val Aufrere, the incumbent, having half of the rectorial tithes, and the patron, Edward Lombe, Esq., being impropriator of the other moiety. The Free School was founded by Wm. Secker, who endowed it in 1604,." [William White History, Gazetteer, and Directory of Norfolk (1845) - Transcription copyright © Pat Newby]


Church Directories

  • In 1883 the parish was in the Deanery of Brisley, 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 Peter and St Paul.

Church History

Church of St Peter and St Paul
Description and pictures.
Church of St Peter and St Paul
Services, etc.
Church of St Peter and St Paul
Picture of the church.

Church Records

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), Scarning was in Mitford and Launditch Registration District.

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Historical Geography

Scarning is in Launditch Hundred.

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

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


Land & Property

Great Britain: Statute
Scarning Inclosure Act, 1765.
An act for dividing and inclosing the common called Scarning Common, and the greens called Pound Green, Pope's Green and Bett's Green, lying within the several manors of Scarning Hall, Drayton Hall, and Northern Hall, Scarning Parvo, Guntons and Rougholme, on the part of Hoe, of some or one of them, and in the parish of Scarning, in the county of Norfolk.
Great Britain. Inclosure Commissioners
Statement of claims (90): Scarning, Hoe, Worthing and Dillington.
Drawn up in pursuance of the Act of Inclosure, 1811.
Great Britain: Statute
Scarning and other parishes Inclosure Act, 1811.
An act for inclosing lands in the parishes of Scarning, Hoe, Worthing, and Dillington, in the county of Norfolk: 6 May 1811.
[London, George Eyre and Andrew Strahan, 1811]

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Land and Property



You can see maps centred on OS grid reference TF955121 (Lat/Lon: 52.671438, 0.889634), Scarning which are provided by:


Military Records


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   56   77 439
1811   63   85 492
1821   94   94 498
1831 110 112 603
1841 121 --- 613
1851 128 --- 637
Year   Inhabited
Families Population
1861 147 --- 693
1871 145 166 601
1881 157 158 666
1891 158 159 682
1901 160 160 634
1911 --- 166 707

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.

1861 Census
"The increase of population in Scarning is attributed to the proximity of the parish to the town of East Dereham."
1901 Census
"Including Daffy Green, Podmore, and part of Hulver Street."

Other population figures



Lloyd Pritchard, Muriel Florence
The Misappropriation of Scarning School.
[London, Oxford University Press, in "Notes and Queries", vol.195, 1950]