"STANFORD, a small village on the south side of the Wissey, 6 miles S.W. of Watton, has in its parish 200 inhabitants and 2608 acres of light sandy land. Lord Walsingham is lord of the manor and chief land owner, . . . Lord Ashburton owns a portion of the parish. The Church (All Saints) comprises nave, aisles, porch, chancel, and tower. . . . The fine oak roof was given by Lord Walsingham. The Bishop of Norwich is appropriator of the great tithes and patron of the vicarage, which was valued in the King's Book at £5. 13s. 1d., and is now worth £75, being endowed with £20 out of the tithes, and having been augmented in 1775 and 1804 with £400 of Queen Anne's Bounty, invested in 16A. of land. The Rev. George Frederick Winstanley Wallis, B.A., is the incumbent, and has a good residence built by Lord Walsingham in 1844 at a cost of £600. " [William White History, Gazetteer, and Directory of Norfolk (1864) - Transcription copyright © Pat Newby]


See also Stanfield. and Stanhoe.


Church Directories

  • In 1883 the parish was in the Deanery of Cranwich, 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 pictures.
Tricker, Roy
All Saints', Stanford, Norfolk.
[Stanford, The Church, 1981]

Church Records

Farrow, Charles W.
The Parish Registers of Norfolk: Stanford with Sturston 1699-1837, transcribed and indexed.
[Norwich, Norfolk and Norwich Genealogical Society, monograph series no.22, 1987]
Archdeacons' Transcripts or Bishop's Transcripts
Baptisms, Marriages and Burials.
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), Stanford was in Swaffham Registration District.

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Civil Registration

You can see pictures of Stanford which are provided by:




Historical Geography

Stanford is in Grimshoe Hundred.

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

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


Land and Property

McLean, J.
Miss Reeve: The account of a Norfolk woman and the Stanford battle area.
[ISBN 0952378302, Dereham, 1994]
Reeve, Lucilla Maud
Farming on a battleground, by a Norfolk Woman.
[ISBN 0900616601, Wymondham, Geo.R.Reeve, 2000]
[Originally published 1949]
Reeve, Lucilla Maud
The earth no longer bare, and other essays, by a Norfolk Woman.
[Wymondham, Geo.R.Reeve, The Model Press, 1948?]

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Land and Property



You can see maps centred on OS grid reference TL854946 (Lat/Lon: 52.518049, 0.730933), Stanford which are provided by:


Military Records


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 10 18 106
1811 19 19   97
1821 25 27 150
1831 26 26 153
1841 30 -- 184
1851 31 -- 180
Year   Inhabited
Families Population
1861 31 -- 200
1871 35 35 193
1881 30 31 169
1891 27 29 156
1901 25 25 106
1911 -- 27 131

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.