"SLOLEY parish, 5 miles S. of North Walsham, has 219 souls, and 720 acres of land, mostly belonging to the Rev. Benj. Cubitt. of Sloley House, . . . half a mile S.W. of the Church (St. Bartholomew,) which has a tower and three bells. The living is a discharged rectory, valued in the King's Book at £5. 6s. 8d., in the gift of the Earl of Orford, and incumbency of the Rev. B. Cubitt. The glebe, 10A., is at Honing, and the tithes were commuted in 1842 for £250 per annum. The rector built a School in 1841, and pays the schoolmistress for teaching poor children. " [William White History, Gazetteer, and Directory of Norfolk (1845) - Transcription copyright © Pat Newby]



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 Bartholomew
Transcriptions of gravestones in the churchyard.
The Monumental Inscriptions in the Hundred of Tunstead (Walter Rye).
The parishes covered include Sloley.
See Ashmanhaugh

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 Bartholomew.

Church History

Church of St Bartholomew
Description and pictures.
Church of St Bartholomew
Services, etc.
The Church
St Bartholomew's Church, Sloley.
[Sloley, The Church, 1981]
Methodist Church
Minister, services, picture, etc.
Follow the link to the home page, then search for the church.

Church Records

Parish Register Transcripts
Baptisms and Marriages.
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 1869 (and for the censuses in 1851 and 1861), Sloley was in Tunstead and Happing Registration District.

This district was renamed on 1st January 1870 and, from then until 1930, Sloley was in Smallburgh Registration District for civil registration and for the censuses of 1871 to 1901.

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Civil Registration

You can see pictures of Sloley which are provided by:




Historical Geography

Sloley is in Tunstead Hundred.

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

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


Land & Property

Sloley Hall
Description and pictures.

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Land and Property



You can see maps centred on OS grid reference TG292248 (Lat/Lon: 52.772032, 1.39655), Sloley which are provided by:


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 37 60 260
1811 56 56 223
1821 55 75 308
1831 50 71 267
1841 72 -- 291
1851 70 -- 294
Year   Inhabited
Families Population
1861 65 -- 258
1871 61 62 255
1881 60 61 264
1891 56 58 270
1901 55 55 273
1911 -- 57 249

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
"The common has been inclosed at Sloley, and ten cottages built on the allotments."
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."


Bowditch, Patricia; and Ogilvie, Pauline
Our Heritage: Sloley National School.
[Sloley, Sloley Voluntary Controlled Primary School, 1974]