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"SHELFANGER, 2½ miles N. of Diss, has in its parish 445 souls, and 1637 acres of land. The Duke of Norfolk owns part of the soil, and is lord of the manor (fines arbitrary,) and patron of the rectory, valued in the King's Book at £17, and in 1831, at £455. It is now enjoyed by the Rev. T.B. Morris, with 30A. of glebe. The Church (All Saints,) has a square tower and four bells. Here is a Baptist Chapel, built in 1821. " [William White History, Gazetteer, and Directory of Norfolk (1845) - Transcription copyright © Pat Newby]


Church Directories

  • In 1883 the parish was in the Deanery of Redenhall, 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 All Saints.

Church History

Church of All Saints
Description and picture.
Church of All Saints
Description and pictures.
Church of All Saints
Services, etc.
Baptist Chapel
Methodist Church

Church Records

Parish Register Transcripts
Baptisms 1813-1880
Down, Jonathan; and Farrow, Charles W.
The Parish Registers of Norfolk, no.25: Shelfanger: 1686-1837.
[Norwich, Norfolk and Norwich Genealogical Society, 1988]
Parish Register Transcripts
Marriages 1687-1699,1729-1837.
[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.
Bodle, A.N.; and Palgrave-Moore, Patrick
Norfolk Nonconformist Registers no.4: Shelfanger Particular Baptist Chapel: Births 1795-1837.
[Norwich, Norfolk and Norwich Genealogical Society, 1987]

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Church Records


Civil Registration

For the civil registration of births, marriages and deaths between 1837 and 1902 (and for the censuses of 1851 to 1901), Shelfanger was in Guiltcross Registration District.

This district was abolished on 1st April 1902 and, from then until 1930, Shelfanger was in Depwade Registration District for civil registration.

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Civil Registration


Description and Travel

Shelfanger Village Pages
Description, events, history, churches, pictures, etc.
Shelfanger Women's Institute
Shelfanger: a Norfolk village past and present.
[Shelfanger, Shelfanger Women's Institute, 1984]

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Description and Travel

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Historical Geography

Shelfanger is in Diss Hundred.

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

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


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 42 72 382
1811 47 73 398
1821 52 79 440
1831 57 92 435
1841 85 -- 445
1851 94 -- 424
Year   Inhabited
Families Population
1861 82 -- 370
1871 91 100 392
1881 85   96 341
1891 80   80 308
1901 72   72 307
1911 --   82 360

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.

1821 Census
"One male upwards of 100 years of age at Shelfanger."
1861 Census
"GUILTCROSS. The decrease of population in most of the parishes of this District is attributed partly to the migration of labourers to towns and manufacturing districts. In some parishes it has also been consequent upon the failure of hand-loom hemp-cloth weaving."


Village School
Description, history and picture.