"SMALLBURGH, 5½ miles S.E. by S. of North Walsham, and 12 miles N.E. by N. of Norwich, is a village and parish, containing 1247 acres of land. In 1841, it had 634 inhabitants, including 113 in the Workhouse, or House of Industry, for the Incorporated Hundreds of Tunstead and Happing, . . . The soil belongs chiefly to W.H. Windham and John and Wm. Postle, Esqrs., and Sir J.H. Preston. The latter is lord of the manor, in which the fines are certain. The Old Hall is now occupied by a farmer, Wm. Postle, Esq., having built a New Hall, in 1837. Holly House, another neat modern mansion, is the residence of John Postle, Esq. Nearly a mile E. of the village is Wayford Bridge, . . . The Church (St. Peter,) is a neat fabric, . . . The living is a discharged rectory, valued in the King's Book at £10. 4s., in the gift of the Bishop of Norwich, and incumbency of the Rev. Charles Penrice, of Little Plumstead. The glebe is 28A. 1R. 17P., and the tithes were commuted in 1838 for £430 per annum. The Church Land is 11A. 2R. 27P., let for £21. 4s., to which is added 20s. from part of an allotment set out as a common-staith.  . . .  Petty Sessions are held at the Workhouse," [William White History, Gazetteer, and Directory of Norfolk (1845) - Transcription copyright © Pat Newby]


Smallburgh is also the name of the civil registration district, and the poor law union, so a reference to Smallburgh could mean this parish, or this area of Norfolk.



The Monumental Inscriptions in the Hundred of Tunstead (Walter Rye).
The parishes covered include Smallburgh.
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 Peter.

Church History

Church of St Peter
Description and pictures.
Church of St Peter
Description, pictures, services, etc.
Methodist Church
Minister, services, picture, etc.
Follow the link to the home page, then search for the church.

Church Records

Parish Register Transcripts
Baptisms, Banns, Marriages and Burials.
Parish Register Transcripts
Baptisms 1561-1852, Banns 1754-1900, Marriages 1561-1900 and Burials 1561-1900.
[Parish Register Transcription Society, Dart Series, 2000?]
These are not included in Boyd's Marriage Index or Phillimore's Marriage Registers.
Workhouse 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), Smallburgh was in Tunstead and Happing Registration District.

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

History, pictures, etc.
This is a link to an archived copy.
Smallburgh Wayford Bridge Tower Mill
Description, history and pictures.
Smallburgh Moys Drainage Mill
Description, history and pictures.

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Description and Travel

You can see pictures of Smallburgh which are provided by:




Historical Geography

Smallburgh 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 Smallburgh has been placed at times in the past. Select one to see a link to a map of that particular area.


Land & Property

Kelly, Geoffrey Ian
Smallburgh Hall: a report.
[Typescript in Norwich Local Studies Library, 1996]
Great Britain. Inclosure Commissioners
Statement of claims: Smallburgh.
Drawn up in pursuance of the Act of Inclosure, 1815.
[Norwich, C. Berry, 1815]
Great Britain: Statute
Smallburgh Inclosure Act, 1815.
An act for inclosing lands in the parish of Smallburgh, in the county of Norfolk.

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Land and Property



You can see maps centred on OS grid reference TG331246 (Lat/Lon: 52.768397, 1.454486), Smallburgh which are provided by:


Poor Houses, Poor Law

In 1785 Smallburgh became part of the Tunstead and Happing Incorporation, and the workhouse was in this parish.
In 1869 the incorporation became the Smallburgh Union.
Smallburgh Union
Parishes in the union, their arrangements for the poor before 1834, etc.
Smallburgh Union and Workhouse
Description from White's Directory of Norfolk, 1845.
Smallburgh Union and Workhouse
Description from White's Directory of Norfolk, 1883.
Smallburgh Union and Workhouse
Description and pictures.


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
1801  63  85699
1811  92108638
1831106108503   (A)
     1  26196   (B)
Year  Inhabited
1901  98  98444
1911---  98428

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 Return of Smallburgh includes the House of Industry there situate, containing 131 males, 107 females."
1831 Census
"The Inhabitants of the House of Industry for the Hundreds of Happing and Tunstead were heretofore included in the Return of Smallburgh, in which parish it is situate."
(A) - Smallburgh parish.
(B) - "Tunstead & Happing Poor's House".
1821, 1831, 1841 and 1851 Censuses
"The Return for Smallburgh Parish includes the Workhouse of the Tunstead and Happing Incorporation, containing 238 persons in 1821, 196 in 1831; 113 in 1841, and 99 in 1851."
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."
1901 Census
"Including Cat's Common, and Low Street."
1911 Census
Out of the population of 428, 75 were in a large establishment or institution. This was probably the workhouse.