West Somerton


"SOMERTON (WEST) village is pleasantly scattered at the foot and on the declivities of a gentle eminence, 9 miles N. by W. of Yarmouth. Its parish contains 248 inhabitants, and upwards of 1100 acres of land. Thomas Grove, Esq., is chief owner, and lord of the manor, . . . Joseph Hume, M.P., and Wm. Rising, Esqrs., have estates here. The Church (St. Mary) is a thatched edifice, . . . The curacy was certified at £16, but it has been aumented with £1600 of Queen Anne's Bounty, and £200 given by Thos. Grove, Esq., the patron and owner of the tithes, in 1825. These sums were laid out in the purchase of land, and the living was valued at £60, in 1831. The tithes were commuted in 1840 for £317. 10s. 6d. per ann. The Rev. Richd. Daniel is the incumbent, and the Rev. J. Morton officiating curate. In the reign of Henry II., Ralph de Granville, Lord Chief Justice of England, founded a Hospital here for lepers, subject to the priory of Butley, in Suffolk." [William White History, Gazetteer, and Directory of Norfolk (1845) - Transcription copyright © Pat Newby]


See also East Somerton.




Church Directories

  • In 1883 the parish was in the Deanery of Flegg, in the archdeaconry of Norwich.
    It could have been in a different deanery or archdeaconry both before and after this date.
  • The parish church is dedicated to St Mary.

Church History

Church of St Mary
Paintings in the Church.

Church Records

Parish Registers
West Somerton Marriages 1737-1837
See Phillimore's Marriage Registers, Volume 7.

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Church Records


Civil Registration

For the civil registration of births, marriages and deaths between 1837 and 1923 (and for the censuses from 1851 to 1901), West Somerton was in Flegg Registration District. Between 1837 and 1850, the district was called East and West Flegg.

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Civil Registration

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Historical Geography

West Somerton is in West Flegg Hundred.

Parish outline and location.
See Parish Map for East Flegg and West Flegg Hundreds
Description of East Flegg and West Flegg Hundreds
1845: White's History, Gazetteer, and Directory of Norfolk

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


Land & Property



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Military Records


Poor Houses, Poor Law