"SHELTON, 6 miles N. of Harleston, and 12 miles S. by W. of Norwich, has in its parish 215 souls, and 1292 acres of land, belonging to several proprietors, the largest of whom are John Morse, Esq., owner of the Hall, (a moated farm house, with turrets;) F. B. Frank, Esq., patron of the rectory; and the Rev. Thomas Howes, lord of the manor. The Church (St. Mary,) is a handsome structure, which was mostly rebuilt by the Shelton family, who were formerly seated here, and of whom here are many memorials, as well as a tomb of Sir Robert Houghton, kt., with effigies of himself, his son and three wives. The rectory, valued in the King's Book at £8, and in 1831 at £525, with that of Hardwick annexed to it, is enjoyed by the Rev. Jeremiah Curtis . The Glebe here is 52A. 10P., and the tithes have been commuted for £372. 7s. per annum. " [William White History, Gazetteer, and Directory of Norfolk (1845) - Transcription copyright © Ann Duncan]


Church Directories

  • In 1883 the parish was in the Deanery of Depwade, 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 the Virgin Mary.

Church History

Church of St Mary
Description and pictures.

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), Shelton was in Depwade Registration District.

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Civil Registration

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Historical Geography

Shelton is in Depwade Hundred.

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

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Names, Personal


Poor Houses, Poor Law