Palling (or Sea Palling)


"PALLING, a small fishing village and parish, on the sea coast, 16 miles N.E. of Norwich, and 5 miles E. by N. of Stalham, has 425 souls, and 830 acres of land. H.J. Conyers, Esq., of Copt-Hall, Essex, owns a great part of the soil, and is lord of the manor, impropriator of the great tithes, and patron of the Church (St. Margaret,) which is a discharged vicarage, valued in the King's Book at £2. 6s. 8d., and augmented with £800 of Queen Anne's Bounty, vested in 20A. 3R. 27P. of land, at Hickling. It is consolidated with Waxham rectory, in the incumbency of the Rev. H. Ready, M.A. The tithes here have been commuted; the rectorial for £162. 18s., and the vicarial for £93. 8s. per annum. Here is a National School supported by subscription. " [William White History, Gazetteer, and Directory of Norfolk (1845) - Transcription copyright © Peter Green]


The name may also be spelled Pauling.
It is also known as Palling and as Palling next the Sea.



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 Margaret of Antioch
Transcriptions of gravestones in the churchyard.
The Monumental Inscriptions in the Hundred of Happing (Walter Rye).
The parishes covered include Palling.
See Brumstead

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Cemeteries


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 Margaret of Antioch.

Church History

Parish of Sea Palling with Waxham
Description, pictures, services, events, etc.
Church of St Margaret of Antioch
Description and pictures.
Church of St Margaret of Antioch
Description, services, etc.

Church Records

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), Sea Palling was in Tunstead and Happing Registration District.

This district was renamed on 1st January 1870 and, from then until 1930, Sea Palling 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

Sea Palling and Waxham
Description, history, pictures, news, events, etc.
Sea Palling
Salmon, David
Sea Palling: Vol.1: A portrait in old picture postcards.
[Blue Sky Publications, 2006]
Salmon, David
Sea Palling: Vol.2: Memories in old picture postcards.
[ISBN 0955399807, Blue Sky Publications, 2006]
Salmon, David
Sea Palling: Vol.3: Times past.
[ISBN 0955399815, Blue Sky Publications, 2007]
Simpson, Jack D.
Sea Palling and South, from old picture postcards and photographs.
[ISBN 0953080619, Simpson Publications, 1999]
Pestell, R.E.
Epic of the Sea Palling Lifeboats.
[Holt, North Walsham, printed by Rounce and Wortley, 1980s]
Sea Palling Tower Mill
Description, history and pictures.

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Description and Travel

You can see pictures of Palling (or Sea Palling) which are provided by:




Historical Geography

Sea Palling 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 Palling (or Sea Palling) has been placed at times in the past. Select one to see a link to a map of that particular area.



A Chronology of Medieval Sea Palling
This is a link to an archived copy.
Pestell, R.E.
Palling: a history shaped by the sea. (Sea Palling, to 1953).
[ISBN 094614818X, North Walsham, Poppyland, 1986]

Land & Property

Land Allotment and Drainage
See Hempstead near Stalham.

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Land and Property



You can see maps centred on OS grid reference TG429270 (Lat/Lon: 52.785634, 1.600056), Palling (or Sea Palling) 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
Year  Inhabited
1891  94  94395
1901  89  89341
1911--  92366

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.

1831 Census
"In the Parish of Palling 40 Men are employed in Fishing."
1841 Census
"The Return for Palling includes 30 strangers attending a fair."
1861 Census
"TUNSTEAD. The decrease of population in most of the parishes comprised in the Tunstead District, which forms the "Tunstead and Happing Incorporation" for the support of the poor, is attributed to emigration and the migration of young persons to other parts."